News archive

Researchers urge funders and institutions to crack down on false investigators

19 October 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Authors who falsely add colleagues to grant applications attract 70% more funding, according to a recent analysis.

When seeking promotion, defining success is everything

5 October 2021

Benjamin Plackett

For academic researchers, ‘quality and impact’ is crucial, yet few agree on what these terms mean. 

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Three reasons to share your research failures

22 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

There’s a new journal for that. 

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

10 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Here are four ways to keep on track.

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.

How to spot dubious claims in scientific papers

8 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Statistics are easily manipulated. Here are four red flags. 

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.

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.

Five better ways to assess science

5 August 2020

Benjamin Plackett

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

The gift of paper authorship

31 July 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Researchers seek clearer rules on crediting co-authors.

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.

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.

Chemistry researchers cite their own work the most

27 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

But we shouldn't assume selfish motives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists reveal what they learnt from their biggest mistakes

3 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

How retractions can be a way forward.

Is research integrity training a waste of time?

12 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

Building good research practices begins before entering the lab.

What are fake interdisciplinary collaborations and why do they occur?

4 February 2020

Lianghao Dai

It's not always intentional.

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.

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

23 January 2020

Jeff C. Clements

How to avoid being star-struck.

The push for interdisciplinary teams can lead to fake collaborations

10 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

Funding methods encourage dubious behaviours.

Psychology looks to physics to solve replication crisis

6 January 2020

Jon Brock

What the CERN of psychology looks like.

The 7 deadly sins of research

10 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The most common stumbling blocks.

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

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.

We're incentivizing bad science

5 November 2019

James Zimring

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

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

31 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Small details can make a big difference. 

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

28 October 2019

Jon Brock

The meaning of failure in science.

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.

Personal biases speed up research publication

8 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Megajournal editors under the microscope.

Don’t trust scientists? Then help collect the data

27 September 2019

Bradley Allf

Citizen science has the potential to reduce data dishonesty.

How researchers can improve the quality of systematic reviews

24 September 2019

Jon Brock

A guideline to boost transparency is being updated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Singapore joins the rise of research integrity networks

3 July 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Global effort to combat research misconduct gathers pace.

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.

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.

Power balance in clinical trials exposed

9 October 2018

Gemma Conroy

Industry funders routinely take charge of analysis and reporting.

Africa should set own standards of research excellence

13 September 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

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

High-profile journals put to reproducibility test

30 August 2018

Philip Ball

Researchers replicated 62% of social-behaviour findings published in Science and Nature — a result matched almost exactly by a prediction market.

Could blockchain unblock science?

29 August 2018

Jon Brock

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

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

8 August 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

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

For the sake of science, it’s time to break ranks

26 July 2018

Anja Krieger

Researchers call for a change in evaluation to recognise the importance of reproducibility.

Early-career researchers herald change

25 July 2018

David Nicholas et al.*

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

British universities fail at research integrity self-regulation

11 July 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

One-quarter of surveyed institutions admit to not complying with guidelines.

Australian researchers ‘vulnerable’ under new code of conduct

20 June 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Lack of independent oversight in examining alleged breaches leaves academics at the whim of institutions.

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

1 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

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

The undercover academic keeping tabs on ‘predatory’ publishing

22 March 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

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

Network seeks to lift African research integrity

23 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

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

Disagreement over the legal definition of misconduct

9 January 2018

Yojana Sharma

Without clear and consistent terminology, policing can be tricky.

Scientists tainted by misconduct of former collaborators

21 December 2017

Dyani Lewis

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

Female researchers add their superiors as authors

15 December 2017

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

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

India's misfire on predatory publishing hits open access

5 December 2017

T.V. Padma

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

Obsession with novelty sidelines deeper learning

22 November 2017

Brian Owens

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

UK research integrity code ineffective

31 October 2017

Yojana Sharma

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

Rush to publish weakens scientific integrity, study finds

18 October 2017

Gemma Conroy

A new model suggests bias towards novel results is driving down reproducible research.

China tackles biased awards

3 October 2017

Hepeng Jia

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

Chatter makes popular metric unreliable: Study

29 September 2017

Ivy Shih

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

Measure for measure

26 September 2017

Aidan Byrne

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

Cutting corners a bigger problem than research fraud

5 July 2017

Anthea Lacchia

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

77 clinical trials, $29 million and 8 years but still no published results

28 March 2017

Adrian Barnett

Scientists reluctant to publish clinical trial results found to be a major contributor of research dollars wasted.

Japan loses share of research articles to China

24 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

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

Australian funding agency turns a blind eye to evidence

7 March 2017

Adrian Barnett

COMMENT: Ignoring evidence when deciding where research funding goes will not lead to high quality research, says Adrian Barnett. 

Turbulent times for scientists with the 'wrong' papers

20 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

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

'Millions' wasted in research approvals process

18 January 2017

Adrian Barnett

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