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.

Q&A Koenraad Debackere: Impact assessment to become more complex

28 August 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

We need to define impact more clearly to be able to measure it effectively.

The A to Z of paper authorship

21 August 2018

Gemma Conroy

It's bad news for Z but A is AOK for authors listed alphabetically. 

European Commission to consult the people on science spending priorities

14 August 2018

Elisabeth Jeffries

Radical proposal will be difficult to implement, say NGOs.

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. 

Indian translation pipeline in patent need of overhaul

31 July 2018

Virat Markandeya

Report recommends removing obstacles to the conversion of scientific research into products and services. 

Earth and environmental sciences must zoom in on the big picture

13 July 2018

Richard Kingsford

Academic reward structures discourage the pursuit of vital research.

Steps to a top-scoring impact case study

12 July 2018

Mark Reed et. al.

Describing the benefits of excellent research in simple language gets high marks in the REF.

Green stories greatest hits

7 July 2018

Gemma Conroy

We look at the top 5 Earth and environmental science articles by Altmetric Score from 2012 to 2017.

A better measure of research from the global south

6 July 2018

Jean Lebel & Robert McLean

Funders Jean Lebel and Robert McLean describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives.

Citation analysis reveals the game changers

29 May 2018

Gemma Conroy

A study identifies papers that stand the test of time.

Wikipedia’s top-cited scholarly articles — revealed

16 May 2018

Giorgia Guglielmi

Gene collections and astronomy studies dominate the list of the most-cited publications with DOIs on the popular online encyclopaedia.

Q&A Trish Greenhalgh: Linear impact narratives encourage easy science

19 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The REF’s approach to impact incentivizes research that can be obviously linked to outcomes.

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.

World’s oldest fossils rock the web

25 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A controversial fossil discovery has whipped up online discussions about alien life.

Artificial womb system raises ethical debate

15 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A system for bringing premature baby lambs to gestational term caused much online debate about whether the technology should be applied to humans.

Dinosaur fossil ruffles feathers online

11 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

Flesh and feathers trapped in amber were the talk of the internet in 2017.

Girls will be girls? Gender stereotyping among six-year olds sparks debate

5 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A study revealing that girls are more likely to link brilliance with boys than with their own gender made headlines on the web.

Pharma could cut its losses with a bit of sharing

2 January 2018

Phillip Phan & Dean Wong

COMMENT: Life science companies are missing out on the benefits of open innovation.

Designer babies, the year’s most talked about story from a Nature Index-tracked journal

29 December 2017

Gemma Conroy

A gene-editing breakthrough topped all other papers for online attention.

Why we left academia: Corporate scientists reveal their motives

28 December 2017

Elie Dolgin

Five scientists discuss the reasons they moved to an industry lab.

Here’s what’s wrong with companies backing out of science

12 December 2017

Ashish Arora, Sharon Belenzon & Andrea Patacconi

COMMENT: The withdrawal of large US corporations from research is narrowing the scope of innovation.

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.

The top academic and corporate partners in the Nature Index

8 December 2017

Mark Zastrow

Exploring complementary strengths is the key to success in industry–academia science partnerships.

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.

An alternative metric for Chinese social media chatter

27 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Researchers develop a tool for tracking academic activity and impact on WeChat. 

UK deliberations leave young researchers in limbo

16 October 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Lack of clarity on changes to the country's research assessment system provokes anxiety among early-career researchers.

High-impact papers score well in REF, study finds

9 October 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Researchers in the UK find that the impact factor of journal articles matches judgements by a panel of experts on research quality.

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.

Better measures needed for research cooperation

23 June 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Researchers wrestle with a measure of collaboration increasingly used to assess the impact of their work. 

China trades science along ancient Silk Road

30 May 2017

Hepeng Jia

The ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative will expand scientific collaborations with 64 countries in the region.

Success is just a bolt from the blue

5 January 2017

Adrian Barnett

Citations don't always reflect the quality or impact of a researcher's work. 

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. 

In research, time is as important as money

18 August 2016

Branwen Morgan

Do longer periods of funding lead to greater scientific returns? 

Chart: China's top 10 research universities

15 July 2016

Nicky Phillips

The country's contribution to top journals continues to grow.