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Rush to publish weakens scientific integrity, study finds

18 October 2017

Gemma Conroy

A new model suggests bias towards novel results is driving down reproducible research.

New tool tracks gender imbalance in medicine

6 October 2017

Gemma Conroy

Gender proportions in medical schools are almost equal, but disparities persist further up the ranks, a new tracking tool reveals. 

Measure for measure

26 September 2017

Aidan Byrne

COMMENT: Numbers on science and innovation do not always reflect performance. 

Turning science into social outcomes

29 August 2017

Richard Jefferson

For innovation to bring public benefit, mapping the influence of academic papers is just the beginning.

Screening grant applications

8 August 2017

Flynn Murphy

Would you rather send a short video or a lengthy written proposal for funding? 

77 clinical trials, $29 million and 8 years but still no published results

28 March 2017

Adrian Barnett

Scientists reluctant to publish clinical trial results found to be a major contributor of research dollars wasted.

Incomplete descriptions in publications wasting healthcare research

10 March 2017

Tammy Hoffmann

COMMENT: Researchers, explain yourselves

Australian funding agency turns a blind eye to evidence

7 March 2017

Adrian Barnett

COMMENT: Ignoring evidence when deciding where research funding goes will not lead to high quality research, says Adrian Barnett. 

Bigger is better for quality research

31 January 2017

Ivy Shih

Size does matter when it comes to research performance.

Comment: It's time to break ranks on university assessment

4 November 2016

Adrian Barnett

Ranking systems for universities need to be re-evaluated.

UQ retains position as Australia's top research university

28 October 2016

James Mitchell Crow

There's not much separating the top three Australian universities with the highest contributions to the index in 2015.

How Australian universities spent $4.5b on research in four years

27 October 2016

Bianca Nogrady

Assessing the research performance of universities is a difficult pursuit. 

Melbourne pips Sydney as Australia's research hotspot

27 October 2016

Annabel McGilvray

Australia's two largest cities strive to attract the best researchers and produce science that makes a difference.

Research investments pay off for Australian city

25 October 2016

Bianca Nogrady

Significant state government investment along with philanthropic largesse has helped drive Brisbane's research performance.

How should governments measure innovation?

11 October 2016

Branwen Morgan

There is a need to account for all types of innovation, from big to small. 

Defining national research priorities

27 September 2016

Branwen Morgan

Australia’s former chief scientist reflects on the country’s need to focus its research effort.

UN brokers partnerships to tackle tropical diseases

13 September 2016

Annabel McGilvray

A UN agency is connecting big pharma with research groups to accelerate development of treatments for diseases such as malaria.

In research, time is as important as money

18 August 2016

Branwen Morgan

Do longer periods of funding lead to greater scientific returns? 

Australia's most improved research institutions

1 August 2016

James Mitchell Crow

Represented are institutions from the east and west coast.

It's the microwave: how astronomers discovered source of mysterious radio signals

5 July 2016

Viviane Richter

A new detection system helped solve the mystery.

What does industry contribute to the world's best research?

19 May 2016

Nicky Phillips

The Nature Index tracks corporations who publish in top journals.