News archive

11 up-and-coming researchers in the natural sciences

20 September 2018

Catherine Armitage et al.

These newcomers are making their mark in science across the disciplines.

Open framework tackles backwards science

6 September 2018

Jeffrey M. Perkel

Good news for grackles 

Gender inequalities in science won’t self-correct: it’s time for action

5 September 2018

Sarah Hamylton et al.

"For twenty years people had been telling me how lucky I was to be in our field of research because 'things' were changing for young women. Twenty years later 'things' had not changed.

Japan weighs the value of imported academics

2 August 2018

Futao Huang

Foreign faculty in Japan are less productive than their local counterparts on many measures, but better connected to global collaborations. 

For the sake of science, it’s time to break ranks

26 July 2018

Anja Krieger

Researchers call for a change in evaluation to recognise the importance of reproducibility.

British universities fail at research integrity self-regulation

11 July 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

One-quarter of surveyed institutions admit to not complying with guidelines.

Australian researchers ‘vulnerable’ under new code of conduct

20 June 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Lack of independent oversight in examining alleged breaches leaves academics at the whim of institutions.

Ten reasons to share your data

27 April 2018

Amanda S. Barnard

Making data available to the larger scientific community has many benefits.

How researchers are ensuring that their work has an impact

5 April 2018

Jack Leeming

Finding purpose and meaning in the lab. 

Experts fear irrelevance for assessment of research relevance

28 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Australian academics will need to prove that they have demonstrated the usefulness of their work to communities, industry and government.

Disagreement over the legal definition of misconduct

9 January 2018

Yojana Sharma

Without clear and consistent terminology, policing can be tricky.

Help wanted: Industry seeks science alliances

7 December 2017

Katharine Gammon

Companies publishing high-quality research are looking to academia for assistance.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Papers from China are growing in influence and volume, yet the US remains supreme.

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? 

Australian funding agency announces new chief

27 April 2017

Bianca Nogrady

Former microbiologist Sue Thomas will lead the Australian Research Council from July.

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.