News archive

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.”

How to run a successful citizen science project

9 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

Keeping participants involved can go a long way.

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.

10 key insights from the first research scorecards for G20 countries

19 July 2019

Bec Crew

Australia shines; the US, not so much.

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.

10 tips for tweeting research

9 May 2019

Bec Crew

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why are scientists anxious?

14 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

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

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.

World’s oldest fossils rock the web

25 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

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

Disagreement over the legal definition of misconduct

9 January 2018

Yojana Sharma

Without clear and consistent terminology, policing can be tricky.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Bigger is better for quality research

31 January 2017

Ivy Shih

Size does matter when it comes to research performance.

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.