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First analysis of ‘pre-registered’ studies shows sharp rise in null findings

30 October 2018

Matthew Warren

Logging hypotheses and protocols before performing research seems to work as intended: to reduce publication bias for positive results.

Data Brief: First in, best dressed for EU healthcare research funding

26 October 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Only 3% of EU grant funds went to new entrants to the union between 2007 and 2016.

From punish to empower: A blame-free approach to research misconduct

16 October 2018

Lex Bouter

Research institutions have a duty to foster integrity, and that includes monitoring.

The top rising stars in the Nature Index

5 October 2018

Anja Krieger et al.

Although China leads the pack, fast-moving institutions are building their research reputations the world over.

When breaking free is a mark of success

3 October 2018

Gemma Conroy

Two new measures aim to assess researchers' independence from their former lab heads. 

High-profile journals put to reproducibility test

30 August 2018

Philip Ball

Researchers replicated 62% of social-behaviour findings published in Science and Nature — a result matched almost exactly by a prediction market.

Microsoft’s purchase of GitHub leaves some scientists uneasy

22 June 2018

Andrew Silver

They fear the online platform will become less open, but other researchers say the buyout could make GitHub more useful.

2018 Annual Tables: Tsinghua joins elite group of research universities

7 June 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Two Beijing-based universities are among the top 10 academic institutions in the Nature Index.

Scientists get more bang for their buck if given more freedom

23 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Multi-national study challenges long-held assumptions about efficiency.

Scientists go to great lengths in reviewing high-quality research

11 April 2018

Gemma Conroy

An analysis of review length raises questions about what quantity means for quality.

It’s time for the US to get serious about funding open access

4 April 2018

Rachael Samberg et al.

University of California libraries tackle the transition from subscription-based publishing to sustainable open access.

Drug research priorities at odds with global disease toll

16 March 2018

Alfredo Yegros et al.

COMMENT: Large pharmaceutical companies do not target their scientific efforts on the deadliest diseases.

The secrets of Switzerland’s surprisingly high citations success

24 January 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Small countries have an outsized presence among the scientific elite.

The shifting corporate–academic relationship in pictures

11 December 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Research partnerships between industry and academia have more than doubled in five years.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

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