News archive

For lab team-building and public outreach, meet the mascots

21 September 2021

Andy Tay

Flopsie the penguin and friends are handy for strengthening lab identity.

Librarians seek more support as research partners

20 September 2021

Anthea Lacchia

Report highlights lack of institutional recognition of changing librarian roles.

Pressure on ARIA to juggle risk in the pursuit of breakthroughs

14 September 2021

Elisabeth Jeffries

To elicit the most impact from science spending, the new UK funder will need to experiment judiciously

Online mentoring fills a gap for young researchers

14 September 2021

Clare Watson

Study finds that virtual programmes offer a useful pathway for careers in science.

Universities define four conditions for the UK to become a science superpower

7 September 2021

Benjamin Plackett

If British science is to rival the United States and China, research spending must be matched by freedom of movement, equitable distribution and less red tape.

How can institutions and funders help to police questionable research practices?

7 September 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

A new toolkit is being trialed as a way to bring clarity to issues of research misconduct and dishonest practices

Pursuing outside career avenues is no impediment to doctoral goals

31 August 2021

Andy Tay

Professional development work can complement and improve academic outcomes, study finds. 

The must-have multimillion-dollar microscopy machine

31 August 2021

James Mitchell Crow

Cryo-EM facilities are exponentially improving protein resolution for structural biologists. Access to this vastly expensive equipment is subject to the availability of highly skilled operators. 

Google Scholar reveals its most influential papers for 2021

24 August 2021

Bec Crew

Early clinical observations of COVID-19 and its mortality risk factors among the most cited output, while a five-year-old AI paper continues to command attention.

Future proofing research resilience

24 August 2021

Chris Woolston

As scientific efforts resume, infrastructure and process solutions forged during the pandemic are being honed and expanded.

AI writing tools promise faster manuscripts for researchers

17 August 2021

Andy Tay

Automation brings plagiarism risks, and software still needs human input for analysis and narrative.

The challenge of leading interdisciplinary research projects

17 August 2021

Shipra Jain

Consensus is not always possible.

How to write an abstract that stands out

10 August 2021

Andy Tay

A well-written abstract helps to attract readership.

Scientists at odds on Utrecht University reforms to hiring and promotion criteria

9 August 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Not everyone wants to let the journal impact factor go.

A new form of CV for researchers

3 August 2021

Anthea Lacchia

Another step away from narrow, biased measures of success in science.

To gain impact through influencing policy, you need to build trust in your research

3 August 2021

Christopher Cvitanovic and Rebecca Shellock

Practical strategies for successful knowledge exchange between scientists or research institutions and decision-makers. 

Editors give green light to patients co-authoring manuscripts

27 July 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

But work must be done to ensure that patients feel accepted by the research community.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of April 2021 in the Nature Index journals

20 July 2021

Bec Crew

Vaccine efficacy against new COVID-19 strains and the possibility of learning during lucid dreaming feature in these widely discussed studies.

What I learned teaching in China during the COVID-19 pandemic

13 July 2021

Teresa G. Valencak

Globalized higher education requires fresh cross-cultural approaches.

How science diplomacy can help navigate the post-pandemic world

8 July 2021

Andy Tay

Researchers can access training programmes and other resources in pursuit of a diplomacy role.

Machines learn to unearth new materials

5 July 2021

Neil Savage

Materials genome initiatives sift big data.

Ferroelectric materials prompt a rethink of matter

5 July 2021

Chris Woolston

Surprising qualities point to next-generation electronics.

Makers and shakers

5 July 2021

Catherine Armitage, Sandy Ong & Sian Powell

Three researchers making a material difference.

How nanotechnology can flick the immunity switch

5 July 2021

Bianca Nogrady

Nano immuno-engineering shows promise against autoimmune conditions, cancer and allergies.

Birds of paradise reveal a dark secret

5 July 2021

Katharine Sanderson

Super-black feathers at the interface of biology, photonics and materials science.

High-entropy alloys expand their range

5 July 2021

Neil Savage

New metal mixes create more efficient catalysts and better jet engines.

High-performing places in the materials world

5 July 2021

Tanner Maxwell et al.

Four heavyweights and a rising star, in highlights.

Materials science shows strength

5 July 2021

Catherine Armitage

Stuff of hope in the search for solutions to intractable problems.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of March 2021 in the Nature Index journals

28 June 2021

Bec Crew

A self-decapitating sea slug and strategies for mitigating wildlife predation by house cats feature in these widely discussed studies.

Five online tools that aim to save researchers time and trouble

23 June 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

From investigating a lab’s publication history to scanning manuscripts for statistical errors, these apps can help streamline some of the most time-consuming tasks.

Microsoft Academic Graph is being discontinued. What’s next?

15 June 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

The sudden discontinuation of the widely used database has prompted new initiatives to help fill the void.

Technical staff left out as PhDs drive academic hierarchy

15 June 2021

Lindsay Gray

Failure to acknowledge support roles weakens the team, and the science, researchers say. 

How to get a board position as an early career researcher

8 June 2021

Andy Tay

Editorial and advisory boards can offer valuable experiences to young scientists.

Researchers’ publication rates don’t decline as they age

7 June 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Contrary to stereotypes, senior researchers’ productivity doesn’t necessarily decline.

Chinese joint-venture universities try for the best of both worlds

27 May 2021

Cong Cao

While movement of students between domestic and foreign universities slows, China’s joint-venture model is gaining traction.

China’s leading researchers set their sights on new frontiers

27 May 2021

Hepeng Jia , Sian Powell & Kevin Schoenmakers

China sets lofty goals as it vies for global dominance in the highly competitive fields of quantum science, space exploration and nanocatalysis.

Five science stars making their mark in China

27 May 2021

Gemma Conroy, Flynn Murphy & Sian Powell

With research spanning particle physics, solar power, conservation and the mechanisms of coronavirus transmission, these researchers are standouts in China’s vast talent hub.

Superpowered science: charting China’s research rise

27 May 2021

Nature Index

From output and investments to the nation’s most prolific areas, a visual overview of China’s research performance.

Silk Road becomes the one less travelled as China lures science talent home

27 May 2021

Catherine Armitage & Chris Woolston

Barriers to cooperation could create a more competitive, less collegiate research landscape.

Fresh twists in China’s bid for research dominance

27 May 2021

Catherine Armitage

The nation’s remarkable growth in science publishing is showing signs of a slowdown.

Nature Index Annual Tables 2021: Country comparisons in a difficult year

20 May 2021

Catherine Armitage

China’s losses are seven other nations’ gains.

Ten rising stars of the Nature Index Annual Tables 2021

20 May 2021

Bec Crew

China’s dominance falls away, as this year’s list of fast-risers features a more global spread of institutions.

How to respond to difficult or negative peer-reviewer feedback

18 May 2021

Natalie Parletta

A systematic approach to critiques and queries can help keep emotions at bay.

Three leading women in science share the highlight of their careers

17 May 2021

Shipra Jain

How they forged a new path to success.

Peer-reviewers twice as likely to accept research conducted on men than the same research on women

11 May 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

How biases may play out against female experimental participants.

Review articles cause “dramatic loss” in citations for original research

11 May 2021

Clare Watson

But there are some influential exceptions.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of February 2021 in the Nature Index journals

6 May 2021

Bec Crew

An unprecedented space hurricane and an urgent call-to-action in support of Black scientists feature in these widely-discussed studies.

Senior scientists speak out against "overwhelming" US security requirements

4 May 2021

Chris Woolston

Report flags concerns that increasingly complex regulations will hamper talent migration. 

What I learned writing a science paper for a 10-year-old

27 April 2021

Andy Tay

"It’s amazing how much you can learn from the children reviewers."

Looming deadline on post-Brexit data agreement has researchers worried

27 April 2021

Elisabeth Jeffries

Data flow disruptions between the EU and UK would be a “lose-lose situation”.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of January 2021 in the Nature Index journals

20 April 2021

Bec Crew

A new approach to MS treatment based on COVID-19 vaccine tech and a sobering look at the fate of sharks and rays feature in these widely-discussed studies

Research misconduct findings, 15-year publishing ban in graduate student suicide case

15 April 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

New evidence overturns previous findings in ISCA 2019 investigation.

Why researchers created a database of half a million journal editors

13 April 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Tracking how factors such as biases and conflicts of interest creep into editorial boards requires better data.

Parachute science falls to earth

13 April 2021

Clare Watson

Researchers say more needs to be done to correct past injustices. 

Calls for culture change as “them versus us” mindset drives rift between academic and non-academic staff

30 March 2021

David Payne

Research managers and administrators feel that their skills are underappreciated, survey reveals.

How altmetrics could help level the playing field for women in STEM

25 March 2021

Bjarne Bartlett et al.

Traditional measures of success favour male researchers. Altmetrics could offer an alternative to help democratize academic evaluation.

Southeast Asian countries join forces for scientific strength

18 March 2021

Sandy Ong

Partnerships are a path to growth in research output.

Japan and South Korea pursue shared interests

18 March 2021

Ichiko Fuyuno

Despite political tensions, research ties are resilient.

Partnerships in progress

18 March 2021

Catherine Cheung, Tanner Maxwell, Catherine Armitage

Research alliances in Asia Pacific are shifting towards China.

Politics and the pandemic disrupt migration patterns in research

18 March 2021

Catherine Armitage

Researchers are watching how political and economic tensions between China and Australia will affect scientific collaborations.

Rising tide of China’s science lifts Asia-Pacific research

18 March 2021

Catherine Armitage

Thanks to huge investments in science, China is the region’s scientific growth engine and collaboration magnet

Call for human rights protections on emerging brain-computer interface technologies

16 March 2021

Leigh Dayton

Industry self-regulation is not enough, say AI researchers.

Rethinking research assessment: 7 sources of bias to watch out for at your institution

16 March 2021

Gemma Conroy

Recognizing the signs of systemic bias is key to ensuring that hiring, promotion and tenure decisions are fair for everyone.

Equity concerns persist over open-access publishing

9 March 2021

Benjamin Plackett

Senior male researchers at prestigious institutions are the most likely to pay to publish open access, study suggests.

How COVID-19 could make science kinder

24 February 2021

Gemma Conroy

Reviewers are providing more constructive feedback in a time of crisis, but how long will it last?

Support for new tech, young researchers is key to global COVID-19 exit strategy

24 February 2021

Leigh Dayton

A new report urges policy-makers to heed the "wake-up call" of the pandemic and shore up research and innovation systems.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of December 2020 in the Nature Index journals

16 February 2021

Bec Crew

A major milestone in light-based quantum computing and the possibility of reversed ageing feature in these widely-discussed studies.

Inclusion in the time of COVID: 14 ways to seize the moment for change

9 February 2021

Carla Cebula et. al*

Flux in the system is a chance to create new and better opportunities in academic STEMM careers for marginalized groups.

3 ways to make your scientific images accurate, informative and accessible

8 February 2021

Andy Tay

It’s all in the detail, from colour choice to how methods are documented, and everything in between. 

New bot flags scientific studies that cite retracted papers

2 February 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Most researchers don’t intend to cite retracted papers, but it can have serious consequences for science.

Following NASA's lead, researchers are targeting gender bias in instrument time

2 February 2021

Clare Watson

The switch to double-blind peer reviews could help to ensure that female and early-career researchers get a fair shot at using in-demand equipment.

Science family of journals announces change to open-access policy

27 January 2021

Richard Van Noorden

Subscription journals will let some Plan S funded researchers share accepted manuscripts under open licences.

Researchers are embracing visual tools to give fair credit for work on papers

22 January 2021

Andy Tay

Indicating the role each author played can be particularly important for early-career researchers.

The 5 most talked-about scientific papers of November 2020 in the Nature Index journals

22 January 2021

Bec Crew

Stronger hurricanes and controversial research on autism feature in these widely discussed studies.

The COVID-safe university is an opportunity to end the default ableism of academia

19 January 2021

Stuart Read, Anne Parfitt, Tanvir Bush

The restructuring of academia to make spaces and practices COVID-safe presents an opportunity to expand inclusivity, say Stuart Read, Anne Parfitt, and Tanvir Bush.

"Textbook case" of disability discrimination in grant applications

19 January 2021

Jon Brock

Justin Yerbury's appeal prompts Australia's NHMRC to revise its policy.

AI tools measure rigour of COVID-19 preprints

12 January 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Automated reviews are picking up gaps in papers prior to peer review.

Rise of the zombie ants

11 January 2021

Gemma Conroy

Why hype is creeping into scientific papers.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2020 in the Nature Index journals

4 January 2021

Bec Crew

A Neanderthal-derived gene cluster linked to COVID-19 symptoms and a controversial AI algorithm feature in these stand-out studies.

COVID-19: Where is the data?

22 December 2020

Julien Larregue et al.

Levels of open data remain stubbornly low, despite efforts to make research publishing more transparent, say Julien Larregue et al.

The COVID brain drain

22 December 2020

Daniel Hook and Simon Porter

Which research fields are losing out?

Why universities must seize the chance to help "reset" society

16 December 2020

Mark Dodgson and David Gann

Higher education institutions are the cradle of innovation and entrepreneurship. Their expertise is needed more than ever.

Network effect: visualizing AI connections in the natural sciences

10 December 2020

Bo Wu, Tanner Maxwell & Bec Crew

Collaborations on AI-related papers in journals tracked by the Nature Index reveal country strengths.

Auto articles: an experiment in AI-generated content

10 December 2020

Catherine Armitage & Markus Kaindl

AI-generated summaries of three articles selected from a data set of 175 Springer Nature publications.

Sliced, diced and digested: AI-generated science ready in minutes

10 December 2020

Chris Woolston & Jeffrey M. Perkel

AI can decide which papers are worth reading, and condenses them to make the literature more accessible.

Samsung’s head researcher wants human–AI interactions to be a multisensory experience

10 December 2020

Leigh Dayton

Sebastian Seung outlines his quest for convenient and natural interaction with machines.

Four AI technologies that could transform the way we live and work

10 December 2020

Bill Condie & Leigh Dayton

From facial recognition to drug discovery, these emerging technologies are the ones to watch.

AI will change the world, so it’s time to change AI

10 December 2020

Tess Posner & Li Fei-Fei

To ensure that AI meets its potential as a transformative tool, it must be developed by a truly representative research community, say Tess Posner and Li Fei-Fei

Six researchers who are shaping the future of artificial intelligence

10 December 2020

Gemma Conroy, Hepeng Jia, Benjamin Plackett & Andy Tay

From radio galaxies to robots, these trailblazers are at the forefront of AI advances.

The race to the top among the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence

10 December 2020

Neil Savage

As revenues and research output soar in the field of AI, global competition between the United States, China and Europe heats up.

Artificial-intelligence research escalates amid calls for caution

10 December 2020

Bec Crew

A look at one of the most rapidly advancing and controversial topics in scientific research.

Hope, fear and climate scientists

7 December 2020

Shipra Jain

Three generations of researchers look to the future.

German science on the world stage: visualized

30 November 2020

Nature Index

Infographics reveal the nation’s strengths.

Clusters of Excellence: the new ‘brains trusts’ of German science

27 November 2020

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Andy Tay

Researchers praise the time and funding they are given for deep exploration.

Asifa Akhtar is a sign of new things to come at the Max Planck Society

27 November 2020

Chris Woolston

The molecular biologist hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists.

How Germany retains one of the world’s strongest research reputations

27 November 2020

Hristio Boytchev

Thanks to steady funding, Germany’s national research organizations are thriving. But there are concerns that some universities are being left behind.

German science is thriving, but diversity remains an issue

27 November 2020

Bec Crew

The research giant lags in its support of female leadership.

Germany's start-up scene is booming

26 November 2020

Gemma Conroy, Natalie Parletta & Chris Woolston

With record levels of funding, German start-ups are building the nation’s strength in innovation.

How a surprise budget boost could reshape Spanish science

24 November 2020

Michele Catanzaro

Researchers hope a 60% increase in funds can revitalize their austerity-hit scientific system.

Three tips to adapt grants and papers for non-native English readers

23 November 2020

Michael Erard

Writing guides often advise “Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t say.” Michael Erard, who trains researchers to write grants and academic papers, disagrees.

How the pandemic has transformed research methods and ethics: Three lessons from 33 rapid responses

17 November 2020

Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo

Drawing on their experience working with 90 researchers worldwide, Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo discuss the increasing complexity of the digital divide and new ethical dilemmas.

How to turn a Eureka moment into a research project

17 November 2020

Bo Xia

From ‘napkin idea’ to published paper.

Three ways researchers can avoid common programming bugs

10 November 2020

Andy Tay

Even the best programmers make mistakes – here’s how to detect them before it’s too late.

Researchers need support from universities to share their work beyond academia

9 November 2020

Margaret Merga & Shannon Mason

Institutions need to step up support for early career researchers who are looking to share their findings more widely.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of August 2020 in the Nature Index journals

27 October 2020

Bec Crew

A gruesome escape artist and ingenious dolphin behaviour feature in these stand-out studies from August.

Why more conference organizers should dare to go virtual

23 October 2020

Verena Haage

Conference organizers appear hesitant to embrace virtual setups, says Verena Haage. For those that do, the benefits can be significant.

What we know about the academic journal landscape reflects global inequalities

22 October 2020

Kirsten Bell and David Mills

This visualization highlights how little we know about non-English scholarly production.

How do you create a diversity program for science that works?

20 October 2020

Andy Tay

Some tested strategies to engage and retain talented under-represented scientists.

What it’s really like to do science amid COVID-19

19 October 2020

Quirin Schiermeier et al.

From Germany to India, researchers are grappling with how to run labs and lessons under extraordinary restrictions.

Finished your PhD? Six questions to ask yourself about what’s next

13 October 2020

Natalie Parletta

There is no single path to success, so here's a plan to help you choose.

Nobel Prizes have a diversity problem even worse than the scientific fields they honor

8 October 2020

Marc Zimmer

This is a problem much larger than simply bias on the part of the Nobel selection committees – it’s systemic.

From impact to inequality: How post-COVID-19 government policy is privatizing research innovation

6 October 2020

Daniel Hook

Government funding post-COVID-19 will see an increased emphasis on research impact. This could see blue skies research pushed into the private sector, says Daniel Hook

The open secret that underpins South Korea’s science success

1 October 2020

Bongjae Kim and Ara Go

Enormous burden on younger researchers cannot be sustained.

Science cities seek new connections

28 September 2020

György Csomós, Zsófia Viktória Vida & Balázs Lengyel

Emerging trends are explored in this commentary on high-impact research outputs across 245 cities.

Nature Index’s top five science cities, by the numbers

28 September 2020

Nature Index

Sizing up the success of the world’s science hotspots.

Beijing, the seat of science capital

25 September 2020

Hepeng Jia

China’s powerhouse holds firm as the number one city in the Nature Index.

The top cities for research in the Nature Index

25 September 2020

Catherine Armitage

A look at the inputs that result in high scientific research outputs.

New York and Boston maintain their lead

24 September 2020

Neil Savage

The two US cities have a peerless partnership for life sciences.

Predicting your future h-index

23 September 2020

Hepeng Jia

Study aims to forecast success.

Three reasons to share your research failures

22 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

There’s a new journal for that. 

Women have disrupted research on bird song, and show how diversity can improve all fields of science

16 September 2020

Kevin Omland, Evangeline Rose & Karan Odom

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

How early-career researchers can avoid ethical ‘grey areas’

10 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Here are four ways to keep on track.

Science is getting harder to read

10 September 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

From obscure acronyms to unnecessary jargon, research papers are increasingly impenetrable – even for scientists.

The idea that a scientific theory can be ‘falsified’ is a myth

10 September 2020

Mano Singham

It's time we abandoned the notion.

Retractions: the good, the bad, and the ugly

8 September 2020

Quan-Hoang Vuong

What researchers stand to gain from taking more care to understand errors in the scientific record.

This scientist read a paper every day for 899 days. Here’s what she learned

8 September 2020

Natalie Parletta

Olivia Rissland says reading a different paper every day has made her a better scientist.

How to spot dubious claims in scientific papers

8 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Statistics are easily manipulated. Here are four red flags. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of March 2020 in the Nature Index journals

1 September 2020

Bec Crew

Vanishing coastlines and a threat to sea turtles feature in these stand-out studies from March.

Why academics do unfunded research

28 August 2020

Rosalind Edwards

From creative pursuits to grant application fatigue, here's why some researchers choose an unfunded path.

COVID-19 research update: How many pandemic papers have been published?

28 August 2020

Nature Index

A briefing on developments in coronavirus research publishing.

Four reasons why young researchers should consider entrepreneurship training

27 August 2020

Andy Tay

“It doesn’t matter how good and innovative your idea is if no one needs it.”

Signs of ‘citation hacking’ flagged in scientific papers

25 August 2020

Richard Van Noorden

An algorithm developed to spot abnormal patterns of citations aims to find scientists who have manipulated reference lists.

Post-pandemic, fieldwork faces a remote future

25 August 2020

Gemma Conroy

COVID-19 is forcing researchers to rethink ways of amassing data.

How to choose your next research project

19 August 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

Ask yourself these five questions to prioritize your ideas.

Data visualizations are key to COVID-19 communication, but we still don't understand their impact

18 August 2020

Helen Kennedy

The language of data visualization has become commonplace, but their influence on public opinion and behaviour is unclear.

This scientific ‘power couple’ has one of the largest publishing networks in chemistry

18 August 2020

Hepeng Jia

How a supervisor-student pair forged a lasting collaboration.

Top officials at Russian universities embroiled in plagiarism scandal

14 August 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

It's been described as the 'tip of the iceberg' when it comes to unethical practices in Russian academia.

It's time to get serious about research fraud

11 August 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Only a small fraction of research misconduct ever comes to light. Independent investigative bodies could remedy that.

Here’s why so many young researchers want to quit – in five graphs

7 August 2020

Gemma Conroy

Passion is not enough. 

Five better ways to assess science

5 August 2020

Benjamin Plackett

Hong Kong Principles seek to replace ‘publish or perish’ culture.

Five strategies for writing in turbulent times

4 August 2020

Chris Smith

How to manage distraction and maintain focus, while also acknowledging that sometimes the best thing to do is stop.

These five scientific fields win the most Nobel Prizes

4 August 2020

Gemma Conroy

Scientists in neglected research areas at risk of being considered "second-class citizens."

The gift of paper authorship

31 July 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Researchers seek clearer rules on crediting co-authors.

How to write a good research paper title

28 July 2020

Andy Tay

“Unread science is lost science.”

Three questions to ask yourself before quitting your PhD

28 July 2020

Gemma Conroy

It’s normal for PhD candidates to consider abandoning their studies. Here’s how to take emotions out of the decision.

How young researchers can create lasting industry partnerships

24 July 2020

Bec Crew

Don’t wait for universities to facilitate connections. Here’s how to find the right people on your own timeline.

How to make a coronavirus data visualization that counts

21 July 2020

Gemma Conroy

It’s easy to get it wrong, so here are 5 principles for getting it right.

Work hack: How to organize your research literature – and make it sharable

17 July 2020

Bec Crew

A must-have strategy for fieldwork.

When it pays to say yes to a burdensome request

17 July 2020

Peter Goldstein

Despite misgivings, this biomedical researcher agreed to serve on a faculty committee. It was a good gamble.

Women and minority researchers have more original ideas, but white men are rewarded faster

16 July 2020

Bec Crew

How many trailblazers have been sidelined?

Google Scholar reveals its most influential papers for 2020

13 July 2020

Bec Crew

Artificial intelligence papers amass citations more than any other research topic.

When is a scientific collaboration unfair?

10 July 2020

Gemma Conroy

A study enlists the h-index to try to find out why some research partnerships fizzle.

Probe into leaked papers submitted to leading engineering conference

9 July 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Confidential paper trail surfaces online in connection with “tragic situation” of PhD student Huixiang Chen's suicide.

Work hack: Why Mark Carrigan loves Ulysses

7 July 2020

Bec Crew

A sociologist describes his favourite place for scribbled notes, student assessment, and long-form writing.

Scientists pivot to pitch in on coronavirus

2 July 2020

Andy Tay

Many scientists have taken on extra work loads during the pandemic. Here a chemist, a publisher and an infectious disease expert reveal their efforts.

These two geochemists have one of the largest publishing networks in science

26 June 2020

Gemma Conroy

A ‘power couple’ in Earth and environmental sciences.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of May 2020 in the Nature Index journals

25 June 2020

Bec Crew

COVID-19 vaccine hopes, and the environmental effects of the pandemic.

How is your discipline tracking in open peer review?

24 June 2020

Gemma Conroy

Who’s more likely to share reviewer reports and identities – in 5 graphs.

Warning over coronavirus and predatory journals

23 June 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Epidemiologists, virologists can expect to be targeted. Here's what to watch out for.

How to choose the right PhD supervisor

23 June 2020

Gemma Conroy

4 red flags to be wary of in the search for a good match.

Calibri vs Garamond: Can font choice make or break a research paper?

19 June 2020

Helen Robertson

What your preference says about you.

A leading textbook author explains how he did it

12 June 2020

Liqun Luo

A lot of hard work, and an unconventional approach.

How to collaborate using only email

11 June 2020

Andy Tay

Two climate researchers show how it’s done.

Governments detail gaps in their scientific readiness for a pandemic

9 June 2020

Elisabeth Jeffries

“Our ability to recognize troubles looming on the horizon was, at best, inadequate.”

Coronavirus crowds out other research papers

5 June 2020

Chris Woolston

Non-COVID researchers are ‘collateral damage’ as journals are forced to prioritize.

What to do when your research comes under fire

3 June 2020

Andy Tay

3 pieces of advice from the frontlines of scientific debate.

Four tips to help researchers stay productive during the pandemic

2 June 2020

Ruth Gotian

Beat the working-from-home blues.

South Korean institutions lure global talent

29 May 2020

Chris Woolston

The country is making headway in the effort to internationalize its scientific workforce.

Coronavirus fallout puts next generation of scientists at risk

29 May 2020

Dyani Lewis

Pandemic-related measures to retain early career researchers could block the pipeline for the next generation.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of April 2020

29 May 2020

Bec Crew

A colossal sea beast and a swampy rainforest at the South Pole feature in some of the stand-out papers from April.

How South Korea made itself a global innovation leader

28 May 2020

Leigh Dayton

Systemic reform backed by strong investment has brought rapid and long-lasting results.

Boosting South Korea’s basic research

28 May 2020

Mark Zastrow

By redirecting funding to small teams, the country is betting on the creativity of its scientists.

South Korea’s Institute for Basic Science faces review

28 May 2020

Mark Zastrow

Decisions about the country’s research flagship will signpost national priorities.

A new deal for South Korea’s science?

28 May 2020

Catherine Armitage

A review of South Korea's research flagship will point to how the country plans to become a ‘first mover’.

This scientific ‘power couple’ has one of the largest publishing networks in biology

27 May 2020

Gemma Conroy

Their protein-saving techniques are in high demand.

10 tips for submitting a successful preprint

26 May 2020

Jon Brock

How to stand out in the fast-growing throng.

Coronavirus cutbacks could reverse hard-fought equity gains in STEM workforce

25 May 2020

Bec Crew

Women’s jobs are “the first to go" in pandemic-related cuts.

'Zoom fatigue' is real, and it's causing a new kind of anxiety amid coronavirus isolation

22 May 2020

John Pickrell

It’s about staring at yourself, and the silences.

Three online tools aimed at improving preprints

19 May 2020

Gemma Conroy

New platforms review and curate manuscripts.

The decline of women's research production during the coronavirus pandemic

19 May 2020

Philippe Vincent-Lamarre et al.

Preprints analysis suggests a disproportionate impact on early career researchers.

Build-your-own website for scientists

11 May 2020

Andy Tay

Tips to help you promote your research, attract recruits, and share resources.

These materials scientists are a ‘power couple’ in the physical sciences

5 May 2020

Gemma Conroy

From rejected material to career-defining discovery.

Nature Index Annual Tables 2020: Measures of merit

30 April 2020

Bec Crew

With the release of the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables, we celebrate the institutions and countries producing high-quality research in the natural sciences.

Rising stars in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Nature Index

Chinese institutions dominate the rising stars ranks, as heavily funded initiatives to create world-class universities pay off.

Rising stars in Earth and environmental sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in chemistry in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in physical sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Gemma Conroy, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in life sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Bec Crew, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved a high increase in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

10 countries with high-performing hubs of natural-sciences research

30 April 2020

Nature Index

The United States leads, but China is closing the gap, with large gains in output since 2015.

The 10 leading countries in natural-sciences research 2020

30 April 2020

Nature Index

These countries achieved the highest overall research output in the Nature Index.

Fast-rising research institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved significant increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Fast-rising academic institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved significant increases in overall research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Top 10 breakdown of the leading institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Nature Index

These institutions lead in natural-sciences research in journals tracked by the Index.

Leading research institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

These institutions achieved the highest overall research output in the Nature Index.

Chemistry researchers cite their own work the most

27 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

But we shouldn't assume selfish motives.

Warning bell for cluster hiring of researchers as survey reveals lacklustre results

24 April 2020

Chris Woolston

The 'set and forget' approach dooms group hires.

Australia and New Zealand universities dominate Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020

23 April 2020

Bec Crew

Leading the way on activities that promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A global drive to eliminate cervical cancer

23 April 2020

Sarah DeWeerdt

Vaccination is picking up where screening left off to reduce the incidence of one of the most common cancers in women.

Surviving cancer at all costs

23 April 2020

Catherine Armitage

Scientists are nudging the dial on some types of cancer more than others, but it’s fair to ask whether research is delivering value for money.

Worth the cost? A closer look at the da Vinci robot’s impact on prostate cancer surgery

23 April 2020

Bec Crew

The da Vinci robotic system has become the ubiquitous method for prostate removal, but its cost and long-term outcomes for patients are raising questions.

Three researchers who are coming at cancer from all angles

22 April 2020

Sarah DeWeerdt, Mark Zastrow & Gemma Conroy

The search for disease mechanisms and treatments is one of the biggest collaborative efforts in science. These researchers are significant contributors.

Citations double for delisted ‘ghost’ journals

21 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

Most were probably predatory.

Better training is key to tackling plagiarism in developing countries

17 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

Good research practices begin in the classroom.

5 Asia-Pacific universities that shine in the physical sciences

14 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

Physical sciences hotspots outside China, based on publications in Nature Index journals.

Rapid Registered Reports initiative aims to stop coronavirus researchers following false leads

14 April 2020

Jon Brock

Researchers can expect to wait days, rather than months, for the initial peer review.

Shut-in scientists are spending more time on research papers

9 April 2020

Nic Fleming

Suspension of face-to-face activities in the coronavirus pandemic sends researchers back to their manuscripts.

Forced shift to online teaching in pandemic unleashes educators’ deepest job fears

9 April 2020

Richard Watermeyer et al.*

‘Culture-change moment’ for higher education.

Journal peer review policies attract further scrutiny

7 April 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Free tools give greater clarity to authors. 

Share your research story with our Nature Index audience

7 April 2020

Catherine Armitage, chief editor, Nature Index

We welcome insights, advice and opinion from the scientific community on our core topics - the authorship, publication and communication of natural-sciences research, and research performance and assessment in general - from our global community of scientists, wherever they work. Here’s the best way to reach us.

How hundreds of thousands of volunteers are using their skills to boost coronavirus research

7 April 2020

Dyani Lewis

Initiatives like Folding@Home and #WirVsVirus allow volunteers to pitch in, wherever they are.

5 European institutions that stand out in the life sciences

7 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

These are host to some of Europe’s top-notch labs, based on publications in Nature Index journals.

Behind the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard

7 April 2020

Jeffrey Perkel

How a spur-of-the-moment decision went viral.

Advice for young scientists: Be a generalist

2 April 2020

Avi Loeb

A narrow focus on the latest hot topic can be rewarding—but it’s not necessarily a good long-term strategy.

5 Australian universities that are rising fast in the Nature Index

31 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Up-and-coming research hotspots.

How young researchers can re-shape the evaluation of their work

31 March 2020

Annemijn Algra, Inez Koopman, Rozemarijn Snoek

Looking beyond bibliometrics to evaluate success.

What can your PhD supervisor do for you?

31 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

4 ways to a more productive relationship.

4 predictions for the future of higher education

26 March 2020

Bec Crew

Universities will have to adapt quickly to survive, says leading economist.

Thinking of studying chemistry in the United States? Here are 10 universities to consider

24 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Where some of America’s high-powered chemistry research takes place.

What's wrong with the h-index, according to its inventor

24 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

"Severe unintended negative consequences."

How to demonstrate the value of your research

20 March 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

A tool to help you master the four Cs: citations, communication, coverage, and collaboration.

Why digital badges don't work

18 March 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Turns out they're not enough incentive for researchers to share their data.

5 leading universities in the Nature Index for chemistry, environmental, physical, and life sciences

17 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Are these some of busiest labs in the world?

Women rival men in scientific research publications and citations

17 March 2020

Jon Brock

But short careers set them back.

Front line scientists call for mental health support in the wake of catastrophic ecosystem loss

15 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Better resourcing to combat the psychological effects of dealing with a crisis will reinforce good science.

Thousands of researchers in Australia appear on editorial boards of 'predatory' journals

14 March 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

One in four said they were not aware of their names being used.

8 big differences between the US and UK PhD experience

11 March 2020

Helen Robertson

And one important similarity. 

Struggling to win grants? Here's how to crowdfund your research

10 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Making dream projects a reality. 

Researchers reveal the emotional and professional cost of drawn-out peer review

10 March 2020

Andy Tay

It can have a noticeable affect on a person's career.

Nature Index’s top 5 countries: ranked in chemistry, environmental, physical, and life sciences

6 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Where in the world are the subject strengths?

PanLingua: a free online tool that makes bioRxiv multilingual

6 March 2020

Jeffrey M. Perkel

How to read English preprints in any of the 104 languages recognized by Google Translate.

China bans cash rewards for publishing papers

3 March 2020

Smriti Mallapaty

New policy tackles perverse incentives that drive ‘publish or perish’ culture and might be encouraging questionable research practices.

Top 10 Asia-Pacific locations for life sciences research

3 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

The rise and rise of China.

Scientists reveal what they learnt from their biggest mistakes

3 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

How retractions can be a way forward.

How previous outbreaks prepared researchers for coronavirus

25 February 2020

Jack Leeming

Scientists were ready with a “plug and play” protocol when COVID-19 hit.

To make submissions easier, journals need to fix these 3 things - study

25 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Why trying to publish is often “a minefield”.

Top 10 countries in Earth and environmental sciences research

20 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Canada jumps up the ranks, knocking Australia down.

TOP Factor rates journals on transparency, openness

18 February 2020

Chris Woolston

New tool seeks to change editorial practices.

Japan vs France: Top 10 universities compared

18 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Standouts in two research powerhouses.

How I mastered public speaking: 3 tips from an introvert

18 February 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

Those awkward silences aren’t as awkward as you think.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of January 2020

18 February 2020

Bec Crew

Good news for ex-smokers.

Popular preprint servers face closure because of money troubles

14 February 2020

Smriti Mallapaty

Repositories like INA-Rxiv and IndiaRxiv boost regional science, but finding cash to run them is proving difficult.

This interactive map reveals which journals cite each other the most

14 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Capturing the exchange of ideas.

Is research integrity training a waste of time?

12 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Building good research practices begins before entering the lab.

Scientists are curious and passionate and ready to argue

12 February 2020

Catherine Armitage

A robot career adviser’s personality assessment, based on analysis of tweets.

Research in China is complicated by the Communist Party’s influence, says researcher who worked there

11 February 2020

Comment by Wenrui Chen

A scholar who moved to the U.S. from China as a child went back to China to conduct research as an adult. She found vast differences in approach.

Just say "no" to manels

7 February 2020

Jeffrey Perkel

There’s an app for that. 

iPosters and Betterposter: How to create a conference poster that people want to read

6 February 2020

Marc J. Kuchner

Download free templates, or make the switch to digital-only.

What are fake interdisciplinary collaborations and why do they occur?

4 February 2020

Lianghao Dai

It's not always intentional.

The world's richest people by degrees

4 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Yes, some of them studied science.

Scientists must stand up for internationalism

31 January 2020

Michael Riordan

Nationalistic trends across the world threaten the cross-border cooperation that underlies scientific progress.

These are the 5 fastest rising universities in the United States

31 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The movers and shakers. 

These 10 countries are the world’s best in physical sciences

28 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

Japan and Switzerland move up the ranks.

Software searches out reproducibility issues in scientific papers

28 January 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Papers are getting more rigorous, but progress is slower than some researchers would like.

How to collaborate more effectively: 5 tips for researchers

28 January 2020

Andrea Aguilar

Participating in a collaborative effort can be extremely challenging. To get the most out of it, you need a strategic approach.

Don't let big names and impressive stories influence your peer review

23 January 2020

Jeff C. Clements

How to avoid being star-struck.

This simple tool can help you manage multiple research projects

23 January 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

How to master the art of prioritization.

These are the 10 best countries for life sciences research

20 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

China and Australia are shaking up this group of countries leading in the life sciences.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of December 2019

17 January 2020

Bec Crew

The genetic basis of wealth, and a wad of ancient chewing gum.

Catastrophic Australian bushfires derail research

17 January 2020

Dyani Lewis

But scientists see chance to control invasive species and study ecosystem disruption.

These are the top 10 Asia-Pacific universities for life sciences

13 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The University of Tokyo leads the pack.

The push for interdisciplinary teams can lead to fake collaborations

10 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

Funding methods encourage dubious behaviours.

Three ways to collaborate on writing

10 January 2020

Jeffrey M. Perkel

Document-sharing tools for scientists. 

Pairing with an influential co-author gives young researchers a career-long boost

7 January 2020

Bec Crew

A potential rankings hack for less prestigious universities.

Nature Index's top rankings of 2019

7 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The best of the best. 

Open software means kinder science

6 January 2020

Julia Stewart Lowndes

Its transformative power has improved my ability to analyze data and collaborate with other researchers.

Psychology looks to physics to solve replication crisis

6 January 2020

Jon Brock

What the CERN of psychology looks like.

How to land a faculty job

19 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The answer might surprise you.

Peer-review for six-year-olds

17 December 2019

Bec Crew

Groundbreaking journal unearths new talent.

US biomedical agency has investigated 100 claims of inappropriate conduct this year

16 December 2019

Nidhi Subbaraman

National Institutes of Health director says the agency will begin revising its policies on harassment next year.

Five leading early career researchers in materials science

16 December 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

Star competitors in a highly competitive field.

Energy harvesters pick up power

13 December 2019

Mark Zastrow

New technologies are channelling incidental energy into practical uses.

The fastest rising institutions in materials science: visualized

12 December 2019

Nature Index

Chinese institutions monopolize the fastest-rising ranks for materials-science output in the Nature Index.

Remastering matter: materials science goes to market

12 December 2019

Catherine Armitage

The search for new industries is getting more sophisticated.

These 10 countries top the ranks in chemistry research

12 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

Where the best chemistry takes place.

Tomorrow’s industries: from OLEDs to nanomaterials

12 December 2019

Neil Savage

Scientific discoveries can be big business, but the road is long.

The 7 deadly sins of research

10 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The most common stumbling blocks.

Top 10 institutions in “big science” physics and astronomy

10 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The biggest players in high affiliation articles.

"Landscape of fear" forces Brazilian rainforest researchers into anonymity

6 December 2019

John Pickrell

Funding cuts and fear of retribution are hampering scientists’ response to the Amazonian deforestation crisis. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of November 2019

3 December 2019

Bec Crew

Alzheimer’s resistance and a black hole conundrum.

Top 10 young graduate universities 2019

3 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The highest ranked institution is just 10 years old.

Why sexual harassment needs tougher punishment

3 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

Grant and funding withdrawals should be considered, say researchers.

Scooped in science? Relax, credit will come your way

2 December 2019

Ewen Callaway

A study of protein databases shows that discoverers who are second to publish still end up getting a substantial portion of the recognition.

How to map the right fit for knowledge sharing

29 November 2019

Lianghao Dai & Margarete Boos

Practical tips for effective interdisciplinary collaborations.

Top 10 young universities in life sciences 2019

26 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Revealing some impressive all-rounders.

Physics, life sciences, genetics: three big players and their top partners

26 November 2019

Nature Index

Research is a global game, yet even for top collaborators, the closest partners are mainly local.

Science funders gamble on grant lotteries

25 November 2019

David Adam

A growing number of research agencies are assigning money randomly.

Despite political turmoil, global scientific collaboration continues to flourish

22 November 2019

Bec Crew

Connections prove resilient as researchers circumvent geopolitical obstacles.

Don’t let researchers recommend who reviews their work

22 November 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Some funders and publishers call it unethical, for others, it's par for the course

How to manage a multi-author megapaper

22 November 2019

Jack Leeming

Large teams can produce more impactful work, but organizing a paper produced by many can be a major challenge.

Brexit shadow hangs over EU partnerships

21 November 2019

Mark Peplow

Uncertainty about the United Kingdom’s role in EU science is damaging research networks.

US-China science weathers political ill wind

21 November 2019

Chris Woolston

Despite government tensions, collaboration between the United States and China remains strong.

Foreign interference fears prompt guidelines for Australian universities

20 November 2019

Bianca Nogrady

The move comes amid concerns over China’s influence on Australian campuses, and after major cybersecurity breaches at one institution.

The 10 fastest rising institutions publishing in Nature and Science

19 November 2019

Gemma Conroy & Bec Crew

Meet the most-improved.

Scientists reveal weirdest things they’ve done in the name of science

19 November 2019

John Pickrell

From sending cakes into space to filling their refrigerators with cat poo, scientists detail the bizarre lengths they’ve gone to in the pursuit of research.

What kind of scientist are you?

13 November 2019

Carsten Lund Pedersen & Thomas Ritter

Identifying your own archetype with this simple tool can help your work.

Failure found to be an "essential prerequisite" for success

13 November 2019

David Noonan

Scientists use big data to understand what separates winners from losers.

Which companies are riding the Chinese science boom?

12 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Staying strong amidst the fray. 

It’s okay to lose confidence in your previous research

12 November 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

And to be open about about it.

The 10 most common mistakes with statistics, and how to avoid them

11 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Significant results are not the only goal.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of October 2019

8 November 2019

Bec Crew

How supreme is "supreme"?

We're incentivizing bad science

5 November 2019

James Zimring

Current research trends resemble the early 21st century’s financial bubble.

The growth of papers is crowding out old classics

4 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

The benefits of middle age. 

Top 10 fastest rising universities aged 50 and under

1 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Making their mark.

Q&A: Bored with bad conferences? It's time to demand more

1 November 2019

Bec Crew

Calling out the time-wasters.

Q&A: 5 simple ways to make your research more reproducible

31 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Small details can make a big difference. 

Female researchers in Australia less likely to win major medical grants than males

30 October 2019

Bianca Nogrady

The results come despite a gender equity push at the National Health and Medical Research Council.


Top 10 Young Universities 2019

29 October 2019

Bec Crew

These are the ones to watch.

Strongest research performances for universities aged 50 and under by region

29 October 2019

Nature Index

Global rankings look different when the measure is young institutions’ output.

"It’s not a replication crisis. It’s an innovation opportunity"

28 October 2019

Jon Brock

The meaning of failure in science.

Nine universities under 50 in the fast lane

25 October 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These high performers are setting the pace in the race for solutions.

Unmasking the hidden networks behind academic success

25 October 2019

Margath Walker

They work well for some.

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is rising rapidly up the rankings

24 October 2019

Catherine Armitage

President Subra Suresh explains the strategy behind his university’s success.

Top 10 young universities in physical sciences 2019

23 October 2019

Bec Crew

Fresh eyes and new approaches are driving physics forward.

Thousands of grant peer reviewers share concerns in global survey

21 October 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Peer review process helps funders make decisions, but researchers say it is time-consuming and lacks transparency.

Careless citations don't just spread scientific myths – they can make them stronger

21 October 2019

Jon Brock

How misconceptions persist and proliferate within the scientific literature.

The biggest reason for biomedical research retractions

18 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Detection software is not enough.

What’s lost when research is driven primarily by funding

16 October 2019

Stephen Turner & Daryl Chubin

Productivity-oriented “science on demand” leads to caution and conformity.

Why don’t more women win science Nobels?

16 October 2019

Mary K. Feeney

Barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.

These 5 EU countries are the UK’s top research partners

15 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Brexit stakes.

Highlight negative results to improve science

14 October 2019

Devang Mehta

Publishers, reviewers and other members of the scientific community must fight science’s preference for positive results — for the benefit of all, says Devang Mehta.

Q&A Kevin Burgio: 10 rules for a successful remote postdoc

11 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

How to build productive long-distance relationships.

Russian science stays at home

10 October 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Out of step with international norms. 

Personal biases speed up research publication

8 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Megajournal editors under the microscope.

This graphic shows India’s population overtaking China

8 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Visualizing what growth looks like.

The top subjects in the top 5 countries in the Nature Index

8 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Playing to their strengths. 

The untold cost of formatting manuscripts

4 October 2019

Jon Brock

Just how deep is this time and money sinkhole?

Publication is not enough, to generate impact you need to campaign

3 October 2019

Toby Green

Regarding publication as only one part of a long-term and cumulative communication campaign is integral to achieving impact.

These mind-bending visualizations show nature in motion

1 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Capturing movement on a grand scale.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2019

1 October 2019

Bec Crew

The top paper had a slick social media campaign.

Don’t trust scientists? Then help collect the data

27 September 2019

Bradley Allf

Citizen science has the potential to reduce data dishonesty.

The fastest-rising institutions by country for scientific research

26 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

These are the ones to watch.

How AI trained to read scientific papers could predict future discoveries

25 September 2019

Marcello Travati

Creativity isn't the only route to discovery – automated analysis of huge amounts of data works, too.

How researchers can improve the quality of systematic reviews

24 September 2019

Jon Brock

A guideline to boost transparency is being updated.

These striking animations show the real impacts of climate change

24 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Visualizing a grim outlook.

Italy’s rise in research impact pinned on ‘citation doping’

23 September 2019

Richard Van Noorden

Citation of Italian-authored papers by Italian researchers rose after the introduction of metrics-based thresholds for promotions.

Frequent collaborators are less likely to produce replicable results

20 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Stick with who you don't know. 

"There is a problem": Australia's top scientist Alan Finkel pushes to eradicate bad science

19 September 2019

Alan Finkel

A new publishing standard should be introduced to weed out unscrupulous research journals.

These 10 American universities dominated life sciences in 2018

19 September 2019

Nature Index

These academic institutions in the US made the biggest contributions to the discipline in the Nature Index.

South Korea’s ‘Nobel prize project’ gets overhaul

18 September 2019

Mark Zastrow

The Institute for Basic Science has been rocked by accusations of financial mismanagement over the past year.

Research returnees boost China’s scientific impact

18 September 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

An unprecedented rise to world-class status.

The top universities in the best countries for scientific research

17 September 2019

Nature Index

The world's best.

This morbid simulation reveals how people tend to die

17 September 2019

Bec Crew

Trends both disturbing and revealing.

Diversifying peer review by adding junior scientists

13 September 2019

Dan Garisto

Initiatives to train and include early-career researchers in peer review may help improve science’s quality control.

Q&A: Four false beliefs that are thwarting trustworthy research

13 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Science doesn't self-correct – at least not fast enough.

Times Higher Education releases its World University Rankings 2020

12 September 2019

Bec Crew

The United States dominates, but cracks are showing.

Elsevier investigates hundreds of peer reviewers for manipulating citations

12 September 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

The publisher is scrutinizing researchers who might be inappropriately using the review process to promote their own work.

Museum volunteering among new impact indicators for UK universities

11 September 2019

Elisabeth Jeffries

How to compare apples with apples.

These are the happiest countries in the world

10 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Wealth isn't everything. 

Top 5 corporate institutions for scientific research in 2018

10 September 2019

Bec Crew

These organizations are the most prolific in high-quality research.

Q&A Daniele Fanelli: Retracting your own paper can lead to a spike in citations

6 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Authors who retract papers due to an honest mistake are praised by peer-reviewers.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of August 2019

5 September 2019

Bec Crew

A month of spectacular firsts. 

Experts question China’s bid to create world-class journals

4 September 2019

Hepeng Jia

"Scientists always prefer to publish in the world’s top journals over domestic ones."

These 10 institutions published the most papers in Nature and Science in 2018

3 September 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew

From CRISPR to CLARITY, here are some of the most high-profile studies.

This graphic reveals the most innovative countries for 2019

3 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

A strong showing from Asia.

The hidden cost of having a eureka moment, but not being able to put it in your own words

29 August 2019

Sneha Kulkarni

Publishing in an “international” journal now refers to an English-language journal.

The allure of the journal impact factor holds firm, despite its flaws

29 August 2019

Jon Brock

“Science needs a healthy dose of its own medicine, yet refuses to take the pill.”

This simple tool shows you how to choose your mentors

28 August 2019

Carsten Lund Pedersen

"Gurus breed gurus."

This animated map shows the true size of each country

27 August 2019

Bec Crew

Everything is relative.

The top 5 healthcare institutions for scientific research in 2018

27 August 2019

Bec Crew

The largest contributors to papers published in leading journals tracked by the Nature Index from the healthcare sector in 2018.

5 features of a highly cited article

23 August 2019

Mohamed Elgendi

The difference between highly cited and lowly cited papers.

World university rankings: explained

22 August 2019

Bec Crew

How the most widely cited global rankings are measured, and which institutions made their top tens for 2019.

Government funding will be tied to uni performance from 2020

21 August 2019

Emmaline Bexley

How will performance-based funding shake out for Australian universities?

Snapshot: Princeton University impresses on two scores

20 August 2019

Bec Crew

The US’s fourth-oldest college wears the crown for high-quality research productivity among its peers.

The top 10 government institutions in 2018

20 August 2019

Nature Index

These government institutions were the largest contributors to papers published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index in 2018.

Publishing standards help fight bias against Chinese authors

20 August 2019

Hepeng Jia

A response to concerns that editors' and peer reviewers’ confidence in Chinese authors has been eroded.

Top 5 PhD rules of the game

15 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

It’s not all about thesis writing.

Alaska governor halves massive funding cut to state university system

15 August 2019

Jonathan Lambert

Researchers at the University of Alaska still face possibility of layoffs.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of July 2019

14 August 2019

Bec Crew

Doom, gloom, and a dancing cockatoo.

"No one is immune": Alaska’s scientists despair over plan to shrink state universities

14 August 2019

Jonathan Lambert

The University of Alaska’s governing board plans to consolidate campuses to cope with a 40% cut in state funding.

Confidence in scientists is on the rise in the US, Pew survey finds

13 August 2019

Bec Crew

It’s now up there with confidence in the military. 

Top 5 NGOs for scientific research in 2018

13 August 2019

Bec Crew

These organizations are the most prolific in high-quality research.

Desperately seeking scientists

12 August 2019

Jeffrey M. Perkel

When so many email addresses on journal articles don’t work, we have a problem.

How to run a successful citizen science project

9 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

Keeping participants involved can go a long way.

Never on a Sunday! Is there a best day for submitting an article for publication?

8 August 2019

James Hartley

It could mean the difference between rejection and acceptance.

Studies suggest 5 ways to increase citation counts

7 August 2019

Bec Crew

There’s no one way to 'game the system'.

A call for funders to ban institutions that use grant capture targets

7 August 2019

Dorothy Bishop

The practice has led to peverse incentives for researchers.

Top 5 corporate–academic collaborations in biomedical sciences

6 August 2019

Bec Crew

This is what success looks like.

Ranking the most popular degrees in the US

6 August 2019

Bec Crew

Health professions have been booming.

Google Scholar reveals its most influential papers for 2019

2 August 2019

Bec Crew

These 7 high-impact papers are citations gold.

Scientists collaborate more when disaster strikes

1 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

Teaming up when things fall apart. 

Critics of peer review ask how ‘race science’ still manages to slip through

1 August 2019

Sarah Wild

Two scientific papers in South Africa have raised questions among critics about the quality - and potential biases - of international peer review.

6 ways to deal with rejection

31 July 2019

Staci Zavattaro

Rejection in academia seems particularly personal, but it doesn't have to be.

The top 10 Asia Pacific locations in science for 2018

30 July 2019

Bec Crew

Where the smaller players shine.

Out of date before it's published

30 July 2019

Jon Brock

Zika provides a vision for how to keep pace with a fast-moving research field.

Scientists reveal the creative side-projects that keep them sane

26 July 2019

Bec Crew

It’s hard to think about lab problems when you’re dangling upside-down by your ankles.

Fudged research results erode people’s trust in experts

26 July 2019

Gavin Moodie

Some academic reports are flawed, and they're undermining trust in the vast majority that are rigorous and accurate.

Writing over the holidays? Here's how to do it

25 July 2019

Chris Smith

Writing over the holidays can be effective, but should be approached thoughtfully. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of June

24 July 2019

Bec Crew

Everything’s melting, but Boaty McBoatface is a beacon of hope.

What matters most on the road to scientific success?

24 July 2019

Viviane Callier

The skills and strategies — as well as the invisible structural factors — that contribute to scientific productivity.

Snapshot: The University of Tokyo – Asia’s star in the reputation ranks

23 July 2019

Bec Crew

The top-ranked university outside the US and UK for reputation.

Harvard University’s top 5 authors in life sciences

23 July 2019

Bec Crew

These scientists are Harvard’s most prolific authors of high-quality life sciences papers. 

10 key insights from the first research scorecards for G20 countries

19 July 2019

Bec Crew

Australia shines; the US, not so much.

University of California’s showdown with Elsevier aims to change scholarly publishing for good

18 July 2019

MacKenzie Smith

The high-stakes standoff that the world's universities are watching.

Q&A Niamh Brennan: 100 rules for publishing in top journals

18 July 2019

Gemma Conroy

A checklist for success.

Do the best academics fly more?

17 July 2019

Seth Wynes

As universities face increasing demands to reduce greenhouse emissions, they should look for ways to manage academic travel more efficiently.

Steve Jobs presents a lesson for young universities

16 July 2019

David Payne

It's time to take a risk on admissions to meet future workforce needs.

The top 10 countries in research collaboration

12 July 2019

Bec Crew

This interactive visualization reveals the tightest pairs.

Time to lift the veil on peer review

12 July 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Data analysis can improve the vetting of scientific papers, but first, publishers must agree to make the information public.

Q&A Wendy Belcher: How to write a journal article in 12 weeks

11 July 2019

Bec Crew

What they don’t teach at your institution. 

Discrimination drives LGBT+ scientists to think about quitting

11 July 2019

Elizabeth Gibney

Despite progress, many physical scientists from sexual and gender minorities experience exclusion or harassment at work, finds UK survey.

Why can't British universities be more like New York University?

10 July 2019

David Payne

Former minister reveals thwarted hopes and the limits of political interference.

Preprints boost article citations and mentions

9 July 2019

Gemma Conroy

The benefits of showing your hand early.

Here’s how to deal with failure, say senior scientists

5 July 2019

Bec Crew

Don’t take it personally.

A day in the life of women vs men

4 July 2019

Bec Crew

There just aren’t enough hours.

Four reasons to graphically illustrate your research

4 July 2019

Gemma Sou

Academic writing is often criticised for being overly complicated and impenetrable to anyone outside of a small circle of experts.

Singapore joins the rise of research integrity networks

3 July 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Global effort to combat research misconduct gathers pace.

Ban the lecture

2 July 2019

David Payne

How young universities aiming for high rankings are preparing for “Generation Alpha”.

The top 10 countries that dominate natural sciences research

1 July 2019

Nature Index

The United States reigns as the colossus but China is taking up ever more space, squeezing out European stalwarts.

The top 10 countries for scientific research in 2018

1 July 2019

Bec Crew

These countries were the year's largest contributors to papers published in the past year in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

This clever map visualizes Earth's population as a 'human terrain'

28 June 2019

Bec Crew

Watch the rise and fall of major population hubs.

“We can do anything we want”: How young universities say they're stealing a march on older competitors

27 June 2019

David Payne

The latest Times Higher Education rankings highlight innovation among universities established since 1945 and others aged 50 and under.

Don’t let your academic career determine your every move

26 June 2019

Eva Krockow

Should early career researchers be expected to relocate regularly in order to land a permanent job?

The top 5 most popular scientific papers of May

25 June 2019

Bec Crew

Even tiny tyrannosaurs and synthetic life couldn't topple office politics.

Unravelling the mysteries of preprints and peer review

21 June 2019

Chris Woolston

A database assembles thousands of science journals’ editorial policies to boost transparency and accessibility.

The top 10 academic institutions in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

Among the world’s academic institutions, these were the largest contributors to articles tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 institutions for physical sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to physical-science papers for 2018 published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 institutions for life sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to life-sciences papers published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index in 2018.

The top 10 institutions for chemistry in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to chemistry papers published in 82 leading journals in 2018.

The top 10 research institutions for 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to papers published in the past year in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 academic institutions in 2018: normalized

20 June 2019

Nature Index

This ranking shows which institutions might be punching above their weight in producing high-quality research.

The top 10 institutions for Earth and environmental sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to papers in Earth and environmental sciences published in 82 leading journals in 2018.

A “petting zoo for code” makes studies easier to reproduce

18 June 2019

Jeffrey M. Perkel

A new tool helps users to compose, compute and publish reproducible articles.

Gender is not the biggest barrier to career success

14 June 2019

Gemma Conroy

Study paints bleak picture of disadvantage attached to ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

No paper, no PhD? India rethinks graduate student policy

13 June 2019

Gayathri Vaidyanathan

A committee has recommended scrapping a rule that requires PhD students to publish articles.

The top 5 most talked-about studies of April

29 May 2019

Bec Crew

The fall of insects, the rise of zombie brains, and the catalysts of political unrest dominated the conversation around April's research offerings.

Companies persist with biomedical papers

28 May 2019

Ashish Arora, Sharon Belenzon, Wesley Cohen,Andrea Patacconi

Corporate research in the life sciences endures, despite diminishing in other fields of science.

Stem-cell and genetic therapies make a healthy marriage

27 May 2019

Bianca Nogrady

This scientific partnership could fight everything from blood diseases to HIV.

New tools for new treatments

24 May 2019

Jennifer Cooke & Bec Crew

From antibiotics and organoids to CRISPR, improved biomedical methods and apparatus are enabling new therapies.

Lili Milani banks Estonia’s genomic potential

23 May 2019

Bec Crew

At the Estonian Genome Centre, the geneticist and her team are investigating the impact of genetic variations on drug metabolism and adherence to prescriptions.

The top 9 authors in the biomedical sciences for 2018

20 May 2019

Bec Crew

From genetics to nanomaterials, these researchers are making big leaps in the biomedical sciences.

The top 10 institutions in biomedical sciences in 2018

17 May 2019

Bec Crew

The US has a handy lead in the biomedical sciences, but China is hot on its heels.

Rapid progress transforms ideals of health

16 May 2019

Bianca Nogrady

Ethical and equity challenges become more urgent.

In science, some ideas are more contagious than others

13 May 2019

Viviane Callier

An infectious disease model shows that ideas from prestigious institutions are more likely to spread farthest.

10 tips for tweeting research

9 May 2019

Bec Crew

Experts weigh in on how to make the most of a tweet.

For scientists skittish about Twitter, here's a plan

8 May 2019

Bec Crew

Researchers need to rethink their aversion to talking about their work on social media, says digital sociologist Mark Carrigan.

How academics should use Twitter

7 May 2019

Bec Crew

Conservative social media guidelines stifle scientists' voices. 

Impact factors are still widely used in academic evaluations

18 April 2019

Holly Else

Survey finds that 40% of research-intensive universities mention the controversial metric in review documents — despite efforts to dampen its influence.

Unconscious bias limits women's careers

15 April 2019

Smriti Mallapaty

The vast gender gap in Japanese science has leading women researchers calling for change.

Chemistry is the fastest path to a Nobel prize

9 April 2019

Gemma Conroy

Sorry, economists. A new study pinpoints the age at which Nobel Laureates produce their transformative work. 

Career mobility: Researchers change places to progress

1 April 2019

Smriti Mallapaty (Data analysis by Rodrigo Costas Comesana)

Moving countries to further a career in science has its benefits, but it isn’t an option for everyone.

Japan's global connectors boost scientific research collaboration

24 March 2019

Catherine Armitage, David McNeill & Smriti Mallapaty

Six scientists whose transformative work reaches across borders.

Japanese universities test collaboration

21 March 2019

David McNeill

Insular institutions seek ways to better accommodate international research partners.

Drawing on experience to help scientists tell their stories

19 March 2019

Jeffrey M. Perkel

The BioRender web tool lets researchers easily create sophisticated scientific illustrations.

My CV is gender biased. Here’s what I plan to do about it

13 March 2019

Arian Wallach

A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.

Novel findings rare from international collaborations

7 March 2019

Caroline S. Wagner, Travis Whetsell & Satyam Mukherjee

Global teams shy away from risky research.

For risky research with great potential, dive deep

25 February 2019

Smriti Mallapaty

Multimillion-dollar experiment generates tools to study marine microorganisms.

"A love letter to your future self": What scientists need to know about FAIR data

11 February 2019

Jon Brock

Following these guiding principles for sharing data can help researchers get ahead.

How Brexit threatens Irish science’s cross-border collaboration

31 January 2019

Declan Butler

Peace and common membership of the European Union have allowed scientists in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to build a unique, cross-border research system.

What bioRxiv’s first 30,000 preprints reveal about biologists

24 January 2019

Joshua Rapp Learn

More than 1 million studies are now downloaded from the site every month, mostly in neuroscience, bioinformatics and genomics.

Hidden lake on Mars raises questions

22 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

Radar data of the red planet’s south pole had scientists deliberating over the possibilities. Could it really be liquid water?

In a race for mentions, it’s open season on researchers

18 January 2019

Alexandra Lippman and Christopher Kelty

The growing clamour for open access results makes scientists vulnerable, say Alexandra Lippman and Christopher Kelty.

A tally of mass destruction

15 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

A massive study on the planet’s biomass was among the top five most talked-about articles of 2018.

China's Belt and Road Initiative finds new research partners in Europe

11 January 2019

Marijk van der Wende & Robert Tijssen

Smaller member states are the beneficiaries of China's global trade and diplomacy project.

Coral bleaching pushes alarm buttons

9 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

A study revealing the decline of the Great Barrier Reef was one of the most discussed articles of 2018.

China's place among the stars

8 January 2019

Mark Zastrow

The FAST telescope dish, stretching half a kilometre, will thrust China’s radio astronomers into a role of global leadership.

China: Small science grows in large hands

4 January 2019

Sarah O'Meara

China’s nanotech industry is forging ahead, with high funding levels, a maturing talent pool, and international experience.

An unpalatable message about the climate’s point of no return

3 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

A dire warning from climate scientists was the second most discussed paper in the past year.

Data brief: Female first-authors attract more readers

2 January 2019

Gemma Conroy

The work of female researchers has a broader impact than citation analysis suggests, but not in India.

False news travels fast

28 December 2018

Gemma Conroy

One of the year’s hottest papers shows online story-tellers are lukewarm when it comes to truth.

Egypt and Pakistan had highest rise in research output in 2018

27 December 2018

Anita Makri

Global production of scientific papers hit an all-time high this year, estimates show, with emerging economies rising fastest.

China: Quality deficit belies the hype

24 December 2018

Futao Huang

Few Chinese researchers are regarded as global leaders, as the pressure for rapid output prevails.

Stop, Start, Rewind: A front-seat view of mouse development

20 December 2018

Jeffrey M. Perkel

A new microscope allows researchers to track single cells in developing embryos, forward and backward in time.

China: Engineering a biomedical revolution

17 December 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

A permissive regulatory climate and a pragmatic approach has seen China’s bioscience sector soar.

China: Yielding results to feed a people

14 December 2018

Hepeng Jia

Studies to improve the productivity, resistance and taste of rice crops are central to China’s commanding position in plant biology.

China: All eyes on the prize

13 December 2018

Catherine Armitage

To become a world-leading scientific nation in every sense, China needs to close the quality gap.

Science cities: Discovery central

5 December 2018

Hepeng Jia

A hive of innovation, Wuhan has stormed up the Nature Index, but competition for talent is heating up.

Racial and ethnic disparities in NIH funding

29 November 2018

Raynard Kington & Donna Ginther

Research is elucidating a complicated phenomenon.

Science cities: A European heavyweight

27 November 2018

Hristio Boytchev

A rich research network has secured Munich’s position as a centre of science in Europe.

Data brief: Citizen science papers have more impact

23 November 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Public involvement in science has citation benefits, but these are often fleeting.

Q&A Kelly Robinson: Sample archive serves as a plankton ecologist’s rainy-day fund

22 November 2018

Jeffrey M. Perkel

A massive collection of sea creatures turns out to be a gold mine of research opportunities.

Science Cities: A venture under pressure

20 November 2018

Katherine Bourzac

Scientific innovation has long powered the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy, but community and political challenges could undermine progress.

Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines

14 November 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Global survey finds that unclear publishing policies place an additional burden on many scientists who don’t speak English as a first language.

Data Brief: US companies spend more on research

8 November 2018

Gemma Conroy

Businesses spent a small, but growing, amount of their R&D budgets on basic science.

From Tehran to Wuhan: Peripheral cities make an impact

6 November 2018

Marion Maisonobe, Laurent Jégou & Guillame Cabanac

The growing contribution of second-tier cities is narrowing the gap in research production.

Science Cities: São Paulo stands firm (but for how long?)

2 November 2018

Herton Escobar

The Latin American hub carries the scientific weight of a financially stricken country.

Science Cities: The cape of change

1 November 2018

Linda Nordling

Africa’s science star is confronting its colonial past to set a more inclusive research scene, benefitting more of its citizens.

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.

China hides identities of top scientific recruits amidst growing US scrutiny

22 October 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Scholars fear that affiliation with the high-status Thousand Talents scheme could make them targets of FBI investigations.

Less prestigious institutions deliver better value for grant money

18 October 2018

Catherine Armitage

Study finds "wasteful" skew in biomedical research funding towards those at the top.

Discovery relies on strong support staff

17 October 2018

David Langley & Therina Theron

A lack of trained administrators is holding African scientists back.

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.

Iran, Brazil and Austria rise in prominence in the Nature Index

12 October 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Strength in different sectors, subjects and regions contributes to a country's success.

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.

Power balance in clinical trials exposed

9 October 2018

Gemma Conroy

Industry funders routinely take charge of analysis and reporting.

The Nobel gender gap is worse than you think

8 October 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The Nature Index looks at the share of science medals and prizes that have gone to women.

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.

From postdoc to prosperity

4 October 2018

Emma Compton-Daw

Universities need to prepare researchers for life beyond academia.

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. 

Green shoots: The astonishing growth of 6 young universities

26 September 2018

Gemma Conroy et al.

These institutions have made great strides over the past three years in their production of high-quality research.

How predictable is scientific success?

24 September 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Even sophisticated, data-driven models of academic careers have trouble forecasting the highs and lows.

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.

The cost of staying put

18 September 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

In academia’s great migration, some researchers are at a disadvantage.

Africa should set own standards of research excellence

13 September 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

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

Peer reviewers unmasked: largest global survey reveals trends

11 September 2018

Inga Vesper

Scientists in emerging economies respond fastest to peer review invitations, but are invited least.

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.

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 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.

Lost in Japan, a generation of brilliant women

24 August 2018

Catherine Armitage

Outcry greeted the news that a Tokyo medical school was rigging entrance exam results to favour men, but prominent female scientists say the problem goes further.  

Furiously surfing the wave to scientific success

23 August 2018

Merlin Crossley

From the top of the wave the view is sweet, but it's all too easy to fall off.

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. 

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.

China digs deep on environmental research

16 August 2018

Hepeng Jia

As China’s scientists strive to produce research with global prestige, urgent local environmental problems jostle for attention.

European Commission to consult the people on science spending priorities

14 August 2018

Elisabeth Jeffries

Radical proposal will be difficult to implement, say NGOs.

Europe pulls together in scientific union

9 August 2018

Catherine Armitage

Smaller countries rely more on regional collaborations than on domestic interaction.  

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.  

Gravitational pull

3 August 2018

Sarah DeWeerdt

Interdisciplinary encounters across the geosciences are yielding new insights into the workings of Earth and beyond.

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. 

Science career ads are disproportionately seen by men

1 August 2018

Dina Fine Maron

Marketing algorithms prevent many women from seeing the advertising, even though it’s illegal to target jobs to one gender.

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. 

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. 

Philippines sweetens deal for scientists who return home

24 July 2018

Andrew Silver

The government is trying to bolster its research workforce but academics say more needs to be done to improve the sector.

Q&A Karen Seto: Paving the way to an urban future

20 July 2018

Catherine Armitage

The scale of growth in cities challenges scientists and policy-makers.

Annual tables 2018: China and Japan lead in chemistry

19 July 2018

Gemma Conroy

Institutions in China and Japan dominate the chemistry top 10 in the Nature Index.

India’s pick of institutions for prestige list draws fire

18 July 2018

T.V. Padma

One of them does not yet exist.

2018 Annual tables: Healthcare leads in the index

16 July 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Large pharmaceutical companies dominate the list of leading corporate institutions in the index.

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.

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.

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.

Words count: the evolution of Earth and environmental sciences

5 July 2018

Nature Index

Discover the trending terms in the field, from climate to water and meteorites to mercury.

India struggles to select 20 elite universities

3 July 2018

T.V. Padma

Two years since the Institutions of Eminence project was announced, none have been selected.

Scientists build green connections

29 June 2018

Catherine Armitage and Aaron Ballagh

Networks of researchers across disciplines and across the world are working to solve some of humanity's biggest problems.

Nature Index introduces multilateral collaboration score

28 June 2018

Catherine Armitage

A new measure accounts for research collaboration within and between groups

Earth and environmental sciences in the line of fire

28 June 2018

Katherine Bourzac

By modelling the course of climate change, scientists are building an arsenal to prepare for its impact.

African scientists launch their own preprint server

25 June 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The free, online outlet is one of a growing number for academics on the continent to share their work.

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.

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.

The cost of turmoil for Mediterranean scientists

15 June 2018

Kristen McTighe

From a failed coup in Turkey, to prolonged financial crises in Greece and Spain, researchers in the region are struggling to keep up. 

10 institutions that dominated science in 2017

12 June 2018

Gemma Conroy

These top 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to papers published in 82 leading journals in the past year.

When it comes to reproducible science, Git is code for success

11 June 2018

Jeffrey Perkel

And the key to its popularity is the online repository and social network, GitHub.

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.

Revisions to the Nature Index

6 June 2018

Nature Index

A revised list of journals improves the balance of disciplines between the natural sciences.

China gets serious about research integrity

6 June 2018

Hepeng Jia

The country’s highest executive body issues clear guidelines for dealing with scientific misconduct.

Italian scientists increase self-citations in response to promotion policy

4 June 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Study reveals how research evaluations can lead to self-serving behaviour.

Who gets credit? Survey digs into the thorny question of authorship

31 May 2018

Giorgia Guglielmi

Most researchers agree that drafting papers and interpreting results deserve recognition — but opinions don’t always match authorship guidelines.

Citation analysis reveals the game changers

29 May 2018

Gemma Conroy

A study identifies papers that stand the test of time.

Q&A Mary Frank Fox: Time to ditch the leaky pipeline model

25 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Policies should account for the institutional factors that discriminate against women.

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 reveal their sacrifices for the sake of work

21 May 2018

John Pickrell

Palaeontologists, biologists are among researchers whose social media reflections reveal what they have given up in the pursuit of science.

Rockefeller tops Leiden university ranking for eighth consecutive year

20 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The small university stands out for its citation impact relative to its size.

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.

Cancer funding in the UK fits global pattern of gender bias

15 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Women receive fewer and smaller grants across the world.

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.

India picks up the pace against emerging economies

10 May 2018

Nature Index

In just a year, the number of Indian institutions in the Times Higher Education ranking has risen by 15 to 42.

UK challenges US in Nobel dominance

9 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

A per-capita analysis of physics, chemistry and medicine laureates since the turn of the century reveals the United Kingdom as the most prolific nation.

Luck of the draw

7 May 2018

Dorothy Bishop

Funders should assign research grants via a lottery system to reduce human bias, says Dorothy Bishop.

India culls 4,305 dubious journals from approved list

3 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The higher-education advisory agency is cleaning up its registry of approved journals, but academics say the list should be abolished.

Science in North Korea: How easing the nuclear stand-off might bolster research

2 May 2018

Richard Van Noorden

The isolated nation publishes fewer than 100 scholarly articles a year — but as political tensions thaw, researchers hope for greater collaboration.

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.

Ten reasons to share your data

27 April 2018

Amanda S. Barnard

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

April publishing lull follows end-of-year academic flurry

26 April 2018

Gemma Conroy

Workloads influence when authors submit papers to journals.

Japan faces down disaster

24 April 2018

Tim Hornyak

An institute’s work on warning and mitigation systems for catastrophic events is a national priority.

Osaka hastens industry partnerships

23 April 2018

Ichiko Fuyuno

Osaka University bets on commercial-academic collaborations to survive.

Science must rise up to support people like me

20 April 2018

Aaron Schaal

Institutions could do more to support researchers who have disabilities, says Aaron Schaal.

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.

Pillars of a smart society: From blockchain to surgical robots

18 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Across the scientific fields, Japanese researchers are bringing together the virtual and real worlds.

Adjusted metric explainer

17 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The new metric will account for annual global changes in the Nature Index corpus.

Applied Physics Letters publishes ‘fewer, but better’ articles

17 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

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

Japan bets on science diplomacy

16 April 2018

Daniel Hurst

International collaborations are rising, but not enough to put Japan on the global researcher circuit.

Scientists hit the streets to command policy-makers’ attention

14 April 2018

John C. Besley & Kathryn O’Hara

A survey of Canadian scientists finds that evidence-based policy is a top priority.

Keep predators out with a low-spam diet

13 April 2018

Jeffrey Perkel

Clever email strategies can help fight the scourge of academic inboxes.

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.

AI engineers, data scientists - Japan needs you

10 April 2018

Tim Hornyak

Japan's vision of a high-tech, 'super-smart' society relies on sustained investment to arrest scientific decline.

Indian university rankings inherently inconsistent

9 April 2018

Thomas Manuel

Anomalies in the third national assessment of Indian institutions intensify criticisms of linking the exercise to funding.

Japanese institutions resist reform

6 April 2018

Ichiko Fuyuno

Efforts to improve Japan's scientific status include top-down institutional change, but tradition is hard to break.

How researchers are ensuring that their work has an impact

5 April 2018

Jack Leeming

Finding purpose and meaning in the lab. 

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.

What’s wrong with the journal impact factor in 5 graphs

3 April 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Scholars love to hate the journal impact factor, but how flawed is it?

Women paid 20% less in top UK research institutions

29 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Gender pay gap reports reveal extent of male favoritism in the UK.

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.

Women left out of impact assessments

27 March 2018

Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow

Consideration should be given to the research impact agenda’s effects on female academics, say Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow.

China's science ministry gets power to attract more foreign scientists

23 March 2018

Hepeng Jia

Science super-ministry gains new remit to develop policies that benefit international researchers.

Japanese government urges young scientists towards industry

23 March 2018

Nature Index

With permanent academic jobs scarce, the government wants industry to utilize young talent. 

Stand aside UTokyo, Gakushuin shows size isn’t everything

22 March 2018

Tim Hornyak

Gakushuin University is the top-ranking institution when assessed on the quality of its research in the natural sciences.

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.

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.

Why are scientists anxious?

14 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Public regard for scientists is as strong as ever, but you wouldn't know it.

‘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.

Japan's woman problem

8 March 2018

Noriko Osumi

Less than 15% of researchers in Japan are female. Urgent culture change is needed, argues Noriko Osumi.

Not so fast. Who really leads the world in science?

2 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

China produces the most scientific articles, but lags on other measures. 

Researchers coy about complete review transparency

28 February 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

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

Network seeks to lift African research integrity

23 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

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

United States and South Korea the world’s biggest science novelty acts

21 February 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Tool that tallies engagement with new biomedical concepts seeks to reward novelty.

UK researchers want quotas to redress lack of diversity

16 February 2018

Anthea Lacchia

Efforts to increase diversity in research assessment panels don’t cut it.

China and the United States are science sweethearts

14 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

It's hard to believe, but the two largest rivals for global science leadership, are also the closest companions.

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.

The rise and rise of Chinese universities

7 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

China climbs the THE Asian university rankings, but Singapore is still first.

The perils of perpetuating postcolonial biases in research

5 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

A proliferation of partnerships between academics and development practitioners pose ethical and practical concerns.

Paper authorship goes hyper

30 January 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

A single field is behind the rise of thousand-author papers.

World’s oldest fossils rock the web

25 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

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

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.

Women edged out of last-named authorships in top journals

22 January 2018

Jon Brock

A Prestige Index exposes the gender bias in author lists published in top science journals.

International collaborations growing fast

19 January 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

More countries are taking part in cross-border partnerships, but inequality remains.

Post-truth tribalism is just the status quo

18 January 2018

Ross Gittins

COMMENT: In a noisy arena, scientists must become more effective communicators.

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.

The invisible leg-up for males in science

12 January 2018

Merlin Crossley

COMMENT: A professor reflects on his privilege.

Dinosaur fossil ruffles feathers online

11 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

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

Disagreement over the legal definition of misconduct

9 January 2018

Yojana Sharma

Without clear and consistent terminology, policing can be tricky.

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.

Companies are outsourcing discovery to external partners

26 December 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Stepping back from in-house science, companies are relying heavily on universities and government institutions for knowledge.

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.

In Japan, corporates make reluctant partners

20 December 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

The Japanese government wants to lure more industry funding into universities, but companies need to be convinced they’ll get value.

Industry links boost research output

18 December 2017

Neil Savage

New findings suggest corporate collaboration encourages academic productivity.

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.

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

Nature Index

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.

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?

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.

Local, not global, links boost productivity

4 December 2017

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

There’s no substitute for physical proximity, say researchers.

Corporate collaboration boosts buzz on research

1 December 2017

Nature Index

Papers authored by academic and corporate partners are more widely discussed online.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

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

New research format rewards curiosity

29 November 2017

Jon Brock

Unfettered inquiry now has a publishing outlet.

Students in research: Cost or investment?

28 November 2017

Sujata Gupta

Undergraduate research programmes are expensive, and the benefits can be hard to measure.

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. 

This midwestern US state has great chemistry

24 November 2017

Cassandra Willyard

Key investments in people and infrastructure have turned Illinois into a state of substance.

China leads BRICS university rankings

23 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

7 out of the top 10 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018 are in the east-Asian nation.

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.

Global research gaps thwart Ebola response

21 November 2017

Elie Dolgin

The lack of research institutes with links to Africa has scientists worried about the next Ebola outbreak.

Strategies to sidestep selfish peer reviewers

20 November 2017

Jon Brock

Researchers point to options for tackling bias against competitors.

Retractions pulling China back

17 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Call for tougher sanctions in response to growth in papers recalled for misconduct.

The problem with chasing publications

16 November 2017

Julia Lane

COMMENT: National initiatives that track people, rather than papers, will lead to better science in the United States.

Shenzhen and Guangzhou fight it out for top campuses

15 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

The upstart wants to copy its neighbour's academic success.

Where next for Catalonian science?

14 November 2017

Monica G. Salomone

Push for Catalonian independence evokes mixed reactions from scientists in the region.

Young scientists flail in sink or swim system

13 November 2017

Elie Dolgin

More support is needed to keep early-career investigators in a biomedical research career

Scramble for US science dollars set to intensify

10 November 2017

Scott Andes and Daniel Correa

Even if the biggest cuts since World War II don't eventuate, alternative funding sources must be found. 

Canada’s future as a refuge for researchers could be short-lived

9 November 2017

Ian Munroe

An open society makes Canada an attractive destination for students and scientists, but only as long as government promises for increased funding are met.

Europe opens arms to post-Brexit research migrants

8 November 2017

Anna Petherick

For centuries a hub of ideas and trade, London is embracing ambitious developments to boost research and local connections, despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Trouble at the top

7 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Declining outputs in California, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland have made the biggest dent in US science.

Senior scholars stick together

6 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Junior researchers left out of collaborations in key science fields, study finds. 

Look west for resistance

3 November 2017

Katharine Gammon

With the most to lose from looming federal funding cuts, California's researchers take a stand.

Testing times for US science

2 November 2017

Nature Index

At the current pace, China could overtake the US as the global science leader within a decade.

Beijing and Shanghai are in a league of their own

1 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

China's political and economic centres connect on a scientific level.

UK research integrity code ineffective

31 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

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

The 7 ingredients for building a science city

30 October 2017

Nature Index

What does it take to create a metropolis of knowledge and innovation?

Spain's science rivalry

27 October 2017

Monica G. Salomone

Barcelona lures scientists while Madrid is bound by bureaucracy.

On the biotech block

26 October 2017

Alexandra Ossola

New York's expensive office and lab spaces have deterred innovative life science firms, but with growing support for start-ups, the scene is changing.

The unexpected reason researchers choose open access

25 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

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

Where the streets are paved with ideas

24 October 2017

Richard Florida

COMMENT: Most of the world's research and entrepreneurship is concentrated in a few megacities.

Study highlights gender imbalance in peer review

23 October 2017

Jon Brock

Women peer review fewer papers than men but are more likely to reject the papers they review, a new study shows.

Destination Daejeon

20 October 2017

Mark Zastrow

A focus on basic research is shifting scientific resources from Seoul to South Korea's central city.

Metropolis of minds

19 October 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Nature Index 2017 Science Cities looks at the challenges for established science cities and highlights some rising hotspots.

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.

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.

China's pick of university winners raises eyebrows

13 October 2017

Hepeng Jia

Many fear a plan to elevate 42 universities to world class status will deepen inequality.

Automated software saves researchers valuable hours

12 October 2017

Brian Owens

Online tools are lightening the load for authors and journal editors.

Time to open the curtains on peer review

11 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

Transparency should be the new normal, says peer review leader. 

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.

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. 

Mouse pee, spider poison, and wasps' nests: 2017 Nobel research faces earthly problems

4 October 2017

Katherine Bourzac

The committed team behind the observation of gravitational waves is up against nature.

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. 

Funding debate over paper quality vs quantity

21 September 2017

Dyani Lewis

Researchers disagree over whether performance-based metrics adversely affect publication behaviour.

The US leads the Nature Index top 500

19 September 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

140 institutions in the United States have spent five consecutive years in the Nature Index top 500.

New entrants to the Nature Index

14 September 2017

Nature Index

A few institutions in the United States, China and Germany make it into the top 500 for the first time.

Top 10 universities in science in 2016

11 September 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Harvard University holds the top academic spot for five years straight.

Predatory journals find their prey

7 September 2017

Brian Owens

Bogus journals and their victims are widespread, study finds.

Taiwan losing ground in the index

4 September 2017

Hepeng Jia

Taiwan slips to number 20 as graduates’ interest in science fades.

The long and short of US-China rivalry

31 August 2017

Nature Index

China has the largest number of institutions that have risen up the top 500 ranks over the past five years.

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.

Game changers

25 August 2017

Branwen Morgan & Annabel McGilvray

Some papers have a profound and obvious influence on future research and industry applications. Patents citing these life science papers indicate their bearing on developments which have widespread health implications.

Encouraging palaeontologists to stop hiding the bones

23 August 2017

Ivy Shih

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

Charting the influence of science on innovation

18 August 2017

An analysis of the biggest industry influencers in four charts.

Japan's strategy for growth highlights innovation

15 August 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

Collaboration with companies will become more important in the government’s science and technology strategies.

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.

Screening grant applications

8 August 2017

Flynn Murphy

Would you rather send a short video or a lengthy written proposal for funding? 

Beneficiaries by ballot

3 August 2017

Adrian Barnett

COMMENT: Should research funding be allocated through voting?

Japan shakes up research funding system

1 August 2017

Tim Hornyak

An overhaul of Japan’s competitive grants programme could revive the country’s international science standing.

One small step in the thawing of China-US space relations

28 July 2017

Hepeng Jia

A Beijing DNA experiment boards the International Space Station.

UK-Indonesia partnership grows out of a conversation

27 July 2017

Dyna Rochmyaningsih

An encounter between two visiting social scientists at the University of Oxford was the catalyst for a unique partnership.

Charting China's rising dominance in science

21 July 2017

Nicky Phillips

The country's research contribution is continuing to overtake other nations.

10 institutions contribute to more than 10% index output in 2016

18 July 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

A few large institutions produce the majority of articles in the index.

Transparency is a growth industry

14 July 2017

Joy Zhang

COMMENT: Fierce public debate over GM food has put pressure on Chinese researchers to engage with the public about their work. 

Psychology to the fore as social pressures mount

11 July 2017

Flynn Murphy

China's growing economy is also fueling an increased demand for psychologists in the country. 

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.

The value of nostalgia in a land of upheaval

30 June 2017

Flynn Murphy

Psychology is an increasingly relevant discipline as the destabilizing effects of rapid social change take hold in China.

China sets ground rules for local talent quest

28 June 2017

Hepeng Jia

Officials move to stop the widespread poaching of talented researchers in China.

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. 

Kunming's natural advantage

20 June 2017

Flynn Murphy

The region's natural and cultural bounty are making researchers worldwide take notice. 

Keeping a lid on open science

15 June 2017

Hepeng Jia

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

Reading between the lines on citation value

13 June 2017

Adrian Barnett

COMMENT: Cited work often has little, if any, influence.

Global universities ranked by a different measure

8 June 2017

Ivy Shih

Find out how the top 20 institutions in the QS University Rankings 2018 measure up in the index.

US research in a state of decline

6 June 2017

Nature Index

California, Massachusetts and New York produce the most high-quality research, but their output is in decline. 

Search for industry partners heats up in China's chemistry hotspot

2 June 2017

Peng Tian

The industrial city of Changchun is losing young researchers to more prosperous cities in the south. 

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.

China's higher ed reforms are ambitious, but can they address systemic issues?

29 May 2017

Wang Qi

The country is casting a wider net for excellence in higher education.

A close look at China's rise

25 May 2017

Can the country maintain its growth in high-quality science?

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.

Far-flung and thriving: prime time for Okinawa’s grand experiment

16 May 2017

Tim Hornyak

Japan's gambit to globalize its scientific research is paying dividends. 

Japan's plan to cultivate more entrepreneurial scientists

10 May 2017

Ian Munroe

Although government efforts to encourage innovation face significant obstacles. 

8 things scientists want from a collaboration

2 May 2017

Ivy Shih

New report identifies what can make or break a good international collaboration.

Australian funding agency announces new chief

27 April 2017

Bianca Nogrady

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

Historic co-authorships speed up editor handling times

24 April 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Journal editors tend to accept manuscripts written by prior collaborators more quickly. 

Kyoto University is branching out in tough times

18 April 2017


The university's president talks about the need for Japanese universities to stay competitive on the international stage.

How Todai is encouraging research spinoffs

11 April 2017

Ian Munroe

It was the first Japanese university to establish a venture capital firm.

Japan university reform 'unrealistic' without proper funding

7 April 2017

Atsushi Sunami

To unleash the potential of universities as engines of economic growth, further investment is necessary.

US-Uganda partnership uncovers potential culprit in mysterious nodding syndrome

4 April 2017

Linda Nordling

International team publish landmark paper on debilitating form of childhood epilepsy.

The rise and rise of a biology superstar

30 March 2017

Tim Hornyak

Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi’s persistent study of baker’s yeast spawned an exciting new field, and proves the value of supporting scientists in pursuit of their passion.

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.

The slow decline of Japanese research in 5 charts

23 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

The country's research output is falling behind other dominant science nations.

What price will Japanese science pay for austerity?

23 March 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

Japan’s stagnated research output corresponds with a deteriorating situation for young researchers. 

A great leap forward, but China needs more scientists

21 March 2017

Ivy Shih

OECD survey reveals the country’s science spending frenzy, noting a need for investment in innovation and invention.

UK-India research collaborations threatened by decline in student enrolments

15 March 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Years of groundwork underpins rise in research collaborations. 

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. 

EU funding formula revealed

27 February 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Several factors can help institutions secure one of these sought-after grants. 

China and South Korea flash the cash in R&D race

24 February 2017

Ivy Shih

G20 countries dominate global research spending and production, but the mix is changing.

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.

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.

Female researchers cite their own work less than men, study

14 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

Female researchers in engineering receive fewer citations, despite producing high-quality research.

Research partnership improves life for vulnerable women

9 February 2017

Linda Nordling

A social welfare programme for women at risk of HIV has built trust between this vulnerable group and scientists seeking new treatments and a cure.

Cite unseen? Then step aside

6 February 2017

Anthea Lacchia

A large number of professors in Italian universities produce no cited work. 

Bigger is better for quality research

31 January 2017

Ivy Shih

Size does matter when it comes to research performance.

Thailand's basic science grows despite limited resources

24 January 2017

Tim Hornyak

More scientists could help sustain the country's recent growth in research output.

'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.

How Chinese and US researchers recreated a 5000-year-old beer recipe

13 January 2017

Yanli Wang

A discovery in an ancient Chinese pot would reveal one of the oldest records of beer production.

Prominent female scientists struggle to retain their edge

11 January 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Tracking the careers of leading scientists reveals maintaining an edge is harder for women in Italy.

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. 

When a name is out of place

4 January 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Locating a country in the title of a scientific paper may lower its visibility.

Indonesia's 'perfect' conditions for fossil discoveries

23 December 2016

Dyna Rochmyaningsih

The country has become a renowned destination for the paleoanthropological community.

All in a name: How research paper titles can make or break

21 December 2016

Ivy Shih

Writing style and grammar can affect an article’s citations. 

My corporate experiment - a scientist learns from business

16 December 2016

Sidonia Eckle

Academics can learn a lot from the corporate world. 

Science has a problem giving credit where it’s due

12 December 2016

Smriti Mallapaty

Apportioning author credit in large collaborations is as problematic as the Nobel Prize’s rule of three.

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. 

Invent now, pay later: economists urge R&D loans for businesses

6 December 2016

Myles Gough

Australia is urged to become the first country to offer businesses loans to fund research and development with repayment terms contingent on a company's future profits. 

The team of scientists finding new ways to develop drugs for kids with rare cancers

2 December 2016

Neil Savage

An encounter helped kick-start the development of new cancer drugs.

Does proximity play a role in science collaborations?

30 November 2016

Neil Savage

Proximity is just one factor driving the high number of collaborations between top performing institutes in the same city. 

Brexit uncertainty disrupting EU-UK research

29 November 2016

Mark Peplow

Uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future in EU research may be damaging science.

Innovators file record number of patent applications in China

24 November 2016

Ivy Shih

China's appetite for patents leads the world. 

Comment: A call to action for gender equality

22 November 2016

Tim Wess

It's time for the academic community to put action to words and stand up for greater gender equality. 

Partnerships between US and Chinese scientists surge

18 November 2016

Sujata Gupta

Research partnerships between the two superpowers outnumber all other international pairings.

Collaboration trumps competition in city of love

17 November 2016

Barbara Casassus

Paris excels in intra-city collaborations but needs to look beyond its borders to increase research performance.

New data reveals universities in Tokyo are highly connected

17 November 2016

Tim Hornyak

The Japanese capital is a hub of local research collaborations.

Chinese and US researchers team up to study forests in a warming world

15 November 2016

Sujata Gupta

A new program is encouraging climate change research partnerships between two research powerhouses.

International research collaborations on the rise

15 November 2016

Ivy Shih

Growth in research partnerships was most pronounced in the life sciences.

New Zealand's 'Lord of the Rings' effect a boon for science

10 November 2016

Linda Vergnani

A pragmatic and deliberate approach to research funding yields impressive results for New Zealand.

New award highlights gender imbalance among peer reviewers

7 November 2016

Ivy Shih

A new online award that recognises the contributions of highly-productive peer reviewers also highlights biases in the system that underscores scholarly publishing. 

Comment: It's time to break ranks on university assessment

4 November 2016

Adrian Barnett

Ranking systems for universities need to be re-evaluated.

Top New Zealand research universities in 2015

31 October 2016

Bianca Nogrady

New Zealand universities are building an international reputation for high-quality research. 

UQ retains position as Australia's top research university in 2015

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.

Comment: Research needs less 'excellence', more competence

20 October 2016

Adrian Barnett

The research sector loves talking about it but is excellence best for science? 

Debate on China's super collider heats up

19 October 2016

Hepeng Jia

Proponents say the mega facility would contribute to major science breakthroughs if built.

A beacon in the bush becomes an astronomy powerhouse

13 October 2016

Linda Nordling

South Africa's University of the Western Cape has exceeded expectations. 

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. 

Measuring the impact of R&D spending

6 October 2016

Myles Gough

Does pouring money into research always translate into better outcomes?

Yoshinori Ohsumi's dogged attention to detail credited for Nobel win

4 October 2016

Tim Hornyak

The cell biologist's accolade is Japan's third consecutive Nobel Prize since 2014.

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.

How to take a great idea beyond the lab

20 September 2016

Richard Middlemiss

A Scottish scientist reflects on how his team built the world's smallest gravity detector 

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.

The Nobel effect

6 September 2016

James Mitchell Crow

The illustrious prize has paid dividends for one Israeli research institute.

Turkey's geology a boon for scientists

2 September 2016

Annabel McGilvray

The country's output of earth and environment science papers is growing.

Is backing bright people a bright idea?

29 August 2016

Branwen Morgan

Whether it is better to fund researchers or their ideas is an ongoing debate.

Rising stars 2016: 10 countries to watch

26 August 2016

Nicky Phillips and Larissa Kogleck

Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars seeks to pinpoint the ascendant performers of science.

Singaporean research continues to dominate in some fields

23 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

The country has the world's highest per capita investment in science and technology

In research, time is as important as money

18 August 2016

Branwen Morgan

Do longer periods of funding lead to greater scientific returns? 

Emerging hotspots for physical sciences

16 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

Less prominent research nations are carving out a niche.

European universities rise to the challenge

11 August 2016

Mark Zastrow, James Mitchell Crow

As a continent, Europe is home to the most rising stars in the index. 

Xerox puts more skin in the printing game

9 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

The research the company is publishing in top journals.

Chilean research grows despite poor investment

5 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

Despite funding constraints, Chilean research is growing in some areas.

The right formula: chemistry the key to leaders’ research performance

3 August 2016

Mark Zastrow, James Mitchell Crow

Chemistry research was a significant driver of the performance for several institutions.

Australia's most improved research institutions

1 August 2016

James Mitchell Crow

Represented are institutions from the east and west coast.

Who are the research world's rising stars?

28 July 2016

Annabel McGilvray

Undaunted by the scientific dominance of historic global big-hitters, some of the world's less prominent research nations are carving out a niche and making a strong impact.

Rising stars: Chinese institutions lead the way

26 July 2016

Sarah O'Meara

China is a growing source of the world's top science

Rising stars: Baylor, the best medicine

25 July 2016

James Mitchell Crow, Mark Zastrow

BCM’s contribution to high-quality research rose 39% from 2012 to 2015.

Rising stars: Indian researchers have so much chemistry

22 July 2016

Annabel McGilvray

A significant rise in chemistry research makes India a Nature Index 2016 Rising Star.

Rising stars: from zero to national hero

21 July 2016

Mark Zastrow

The institutions to watch.

Tracing bloodlines for the roots of an age-old friendship

17 July 2016

Bianca Nogrady

An international team hunt for the origins of dog domestication.

China's top 10 research universities in 2015

15 July 2016

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

Saudi Arabia: making the most of local expertise

13 July 2016

Nadia El-Awady

Collaborating close to home means solving mutual problems and forging regional networks.

Swapping burgers for beans: an unusual experiment reveals another pitfall of Western diets

11 July 2016

Linda Nordling

A ground breaking colon cancer experiment that swapped the burgers-and-fries diet of African Americans with the traditional fare of rural South Africans was sparked by a chance encounter.

Not just Brexit: Spanish election brings more uncertainty for Europe

7 July 2016

It is hard to predict how the result will impact the country's science and research landscape.

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.

How Brexit may impact Britain's top research universities

30 June 2016

Some UK universities may be affected more than others.

Brazil’s subsumed science sector struggles to stay afloat

28 June 2016

Anna Petherick

Deep recession and a political crisis are hobbling the country and its recent research success, but one region hangs on.

China's diaspora key to science collaborations

23 June 2016

Peng Tian

Links formed by mainland China's large scientific diaspora and its increasing output of high-quality research make it an emerging centre of international collaboration.

Top 5 universities for environment research in 2015

21 June 2016

Neil Savage

Four of the top five universities producing the most earth and environment research in the index last year are in the United States. 

America's top 10 research universities in 2015

17 June 2016

It's a battle between the east and west coast.

South African research hits hard economic times

14 June 2016

Linda Nordling

Can international research funding help South Africa maintain its stellar performance in the index?

Top 10 research universities in the UK in 2015

9 June 2016

A new chapter in an old rivalry

Shared knowledge is key to a kingdom

6 June 2016

Nadia El-Awady

International collaboration is yielding major breakthroughs and an increase in quality output.

Canadian researchers do more with less

2 June 2016

Brian Owens

Growing participation in large international research projects may explain the drop in Canada's index performance.

Paris, a tight-knit research community

26 May 2016

Proximity can be a strong factor in research partnerships

How researchers discovered phytoplankton are warming the Arctic

23 May 2016

Mark Zastrow

In climate modelling, one of the biggest impacts has the smallest of beginnings.

What does industry contribute to the world's best research?

19 May 2016

The Nature Index tracks corporations who publish in top journals.

Making the most of financial might

18 May 2016

Pakinam Amer

In a troubled region, Saudi Arabia is capitalizing on its relative stability and resource wealth.

How the world's largest mosquito genome project was almost derailed

12 May 2016

Sarah O’Meara

A collaborative study included in the Nature Index required the coordinated efforts of more than 130 researchers from around the world.

Saudi Arabian research in 6 charts

10 May 2016

Strong connections with global scientific heavy-hitters and meaningful regional and domestic collaborations have thrust Saudi Arabia into a leading position in the Arab world.

World’s oldest science network faces uneasy future

6 May 2016

Annabel McGilvray

The Russian Academy of Sciences is the country's top producer of research, but its performance is slipping.

170 years after it made medical history, this US hospital is still at the cutting edge

4 May 2016

Jennifer Hackett

Massachusetts General Hospital is the most prolific healthcare organisation publishing in top journals.

Max Planck's other legacy

2 May 2016

James Mitchell Crow

The Max Planck Society’s pursuit of knowledge over application has helped the NGO top the Nature Index ranking for non-government research organisations.

Saudi Arabia draws on new reserves

28 April 2016

Sedeer El-Showk

Saudi Arabia has a bold plan to diversify from its oil industry to create a knowledge economy.

Top research institutes in chemistry in 2015

27 April 2016

James Mitchell Crow

National research organisations take the top three spots in the latest Nature Index chemistry research rankings.

IBM tops ranking of scientific publishing in 2015

25 April 2016

Tim Hornyak

IBM topped the Nature Index ranking of companies publishing in leading research journals in 2015.

US leads science pack, but its grip is loosening

22 April 2016

Jennifer Hackett

When it comes to the world’s best natural science research, no nation can match the United States.

Ten institutions that dominated science in 2015

20 April 2016

Sarah O'Meara

The top 10 institutions in the Nature Index are the largest contributors to papers published in 68 leading journals in 2015

An unlikely alliance

14 April 2016

Peng Tian

More than 20 researchers at China's genomics giant BGI got their PhD in Denmark.

Brazil's Russian connection

5 April 2016

Linda Nordling

A handful of influential professors are behind research partnerships between Russia and Brazil.

How a disparate team found the world's oldest stone tools

1 April 2016

Mark Zastrow

The incredible story behind a remarkable discovery.

"The trend transforming science" - Jonathan Adams

16 March 2016

Jonathan Adams and Tamar Loach

The small but focused snapshot of research afforded by the Nature Index helps fine-tune analysis of global scientific collaboration, say Jonathan Adams and Tamar Loach.