News archive

The right tools to empower researchers

11 October 2018

J. Britt Holbrook

Too many tools used to promote accountability benefit research managers and for-profit companies at the expense of individual researchers.

Open framework tackles backwards science

6 September 2018

Jeffrey M. Perkel

Good news for grackles 

Could blockchain unblock science?

29 August 2018

Jon Brock

The technology has potential to solve some transparency problems, but there are many obstacles to clear first.

How freely should scientists share their data?

16 August 2018

Daniel Barron

The Open Science movement champions transparency, but how much and how quickly is a matter of dispute.

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.

Early-career researchers herald change

25 July 2018

David Nicholas et al.*

The younger generation sees a collaborative system as key to discovery and advancement, a three-year tracking project reveals. 

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.

Open-access model is a return to the origins of journal publishing

11 May 2018

Gavin Moodie

Until recently, many university and society journals operated at a loss, says Gavin Moodie.

Ten reasons to share your data

27 April 2018

Amanda S. Barnard

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

Applied Physics Letters publishes ‘fewer, but better’ articles

17 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Noted journal among several reducing article counts in a competitive market.

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.

‘Bronze’ open access supersedes green and gold

12 March 2018

Jon Brock

Publishers can deny access to the majority of open-access articles at their discretion.

New tools track article buzz online

9 March 2018

Jeffrey Perkel

A new service allows researchers to access raw social media data.

Researchers coy about complete review transparency

28 February 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Survey reveals reluctance to take open peer review to the limit.

Q&A John Ioannidis: Biomedicine warms to preprints

13 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

It’s wrong to dismiss preprint repositories as the junkyards of science, warns Ioannidis.

A fix for open-access cost barriers

6 December 2017

Elie Dolgin

What if it was funders and libraries instead of authors who paid processing fees?

The unexpected reason researchers choose open access

25 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

Open-access publishing held to the same standards as paid subscription journals.

Encouraging palaeontologists to stop hiding the bones

23 August 2017

Ivy Shih

New preprint services could bring niche scientific communities into the open.

Michael Sporn: A legacy of greater knowledge

10 August 2017

Elie Dolgin

For the love of discovery, a biochemist freely shared the research which laid the groundwork for widely-used drugs.

Keeping a lid on open science

15 June 2017

Hepeng Jia

Open science has made progress in China, but there is room for improvement. 

Young researchers preach open access, yet many don't practice

22 May 2017

Ivy Shih

Early-career researchers in the UK are less likely to choose open access over subscription journals.

US supercomputer needs more people power

22 February 2017

Ivy Shih

A large computing network that has helped design cancer drug candidates and search for extra-terrestrial life is struggling to maintain its volunteer network.

I made my grant application public, here's why you should too

8 December 2016

Adrian Barnett

If funding applications were made under open access, science would benefit from more universal scrutiny.