News archive

Africa should set own standards of research excellence

13 September 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

'Most highly cited' criterion is not the most appropriate.

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.

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.

Q&A Adam Russell: The search for automated tools to rate research reproducibility

8 August 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

A US project is exploring the use of software to assign confidence levels to published research.  

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. 

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.

Q&A Felicitas Hesselmann: Vague and varied retractions point to weakness in the scientific community

1 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The scientific method is not applied in dealing with aberrant research behaviour.

The undercover academic keeping tabs on ‘predatory’ publishing

22 March 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Following the shutdown of Beall’s list, blacklists that warn against questionable publishers are in demand.

Network seeks to lift African research integrity

23 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

A regional alliance of researchers is giving voice to a neglected community.

Disagreement over the legal definition of misconduct

9 January 2018

Yojana Sharma

Without clear and consistent terminology, policing can be tricky.

Scientists tainted by misconduct of former collaborators

21 December 2017

Dyani Lewis

The stigma has a punitive effect on citations for prior collaborators of fraudulent researchers.

Female researchers add their superiors as authors

15 December 2017

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Survey finds that women are more prone to recognizing honorary co-authors in papers, but less likely to pad citation lists.

India's misfire on predatory publishing hits open access

5 December 2017

T.V. Padma

In trying to thwart predators, the government is penalizing researchers who publish in genuine open-access journals.

Obsession with novelty sidelines deeper learning

22 November 2017

Brian Owens

Too much focus on generating new ideas in science is driving the replication crisis.

UK research integrity code ineffective

31 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

A parliamentary hearing on research misconduct finds little evidence of improvement.   

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.

China tackles biased awards

3 October 2017

Hepeng Jia

Do Chinese government reforms designed to thwart academic fraud go far enough?

Chatter makes popular metric unreliable: Study

29 September 2017

Ivy Shih

An analysis of a popular reputation metric concludes it relies too heavily on social interaction.

Measure for measure

26 September 2017

Aidan Byrne

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

Cutting corners a bigger problem than research fraud

5 July 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Scientists are more concerned about the impact of sloppy science than outright scientific fraud.

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.

Japan loses share of research articles to China

24 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

Despite being among the top science nations, Japan's publication output has stalled over the past decade.

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. 

Turbulent times for scientists with the 'wrong' papers

20 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

As Donald Trump’s bid to reinstate his travel ban failed last week, three Iranian scientists speak of their fears amid the uncertainty.

'Millions' wasted in research approvals process

18 January 2017

Adrian Barnett

Applying for ethics approval cost Adrian Barnett's research group $348,000 in staff time, and delayed the research by six months.