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5 rules for good data management in the life sciences

22 October 2021

Marc Galland and Frederike Schmitz

Good data partnerships depend on mutual respect, understanding each other’s roles, and strong communication. 

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.

Q&A: Australia’s chief scientist proposes a centralized national plan for open access

12 October 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Cathy Foley says the country is in a good position to do things differently.

Australian institutions lag behind on open access adoption

12 October 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Plan forming for government to negotiate agreements directly with publishers, but with no nationwide policy, individual universities vary wildly. 

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. 

Librarians seek more support as research partners

20 September 2021

Anthea Lacchia

Report highlights lack of institutional recognition of changing librarian roles.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Partnerships in progress

18 March 2021

Catherine Cheung, Tanner Maxwell, Catherine Armitage

Research alliances in Asia Pacific are shifting towards China.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three reasons to share your research failures

22 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

There’s a new journal for that. 

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.

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.

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

28 August 2020

Nature Index

A briefing on developments in coronavirus research publishing.

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.

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.”

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

17 July 2020

Bec Crew

A must-have strategy for fieldwork.

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.

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.

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

19 June 2020

Helen Robertson

What your preference says about you.

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.

10 tips for submitting a successful preprint

26 May 2020

Jon Brock

How to stand out in the fast-growing throng.

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.

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.

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.

Journal peer review policies attract further scrutiny

7 April 2020

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Free tools give greater clarity to authors. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 Factor rates journals on transparency, openness

18 February 2020

Chris Woolston

New tool seeks to change editorial practices.

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.

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.

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.

Peer-review for six-year-olds

17 December 2019

Bec Crew

Groundbreaking journal unearths new talent.

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.

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.

The growth of papers is crowding out old classics

4 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

The benefits of middle age. 

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

28 October 2019

Jon Brock

The meaning of failure in science.

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.

Russian science stays at home

10 October 2019

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Out of step with international norms. 

The untold cost of formatting manuscripts

4 October 2019

Jon Brock

Just how deep is this time and money sinkhole?

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

5 features of a highly cited article

23 August 2019

Mohamed Elgendi

The difference between highly cited and lowly cited papers.

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.

Desperately seeking scientists

12 August 2019

Jeffrey M. Perkel

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

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'.

Google Scholar reveals its most influential papers for 2019

2 August 2019

Bec Crew

These 7 high-impact papers are citations gold.

6 ways to deal with rejection

31 July 2019

Staci Zavattaro

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

April publishing lull follows end-of-year academic flurry

26 April 2018

Gemma Conroy

Workloads influence when authors submit papers to journals.

Applied Physics Letters publishes ‘fewer, but better’ articles

17 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

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

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.

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.

Paper authorship goes hyper

30 January 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Funding debate over paper quality vs quantity

21 September 2017

Dyani Lewis

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

Predatory journals find their prey

7 September 2017

Brian Owens

Bogus journals and their victims are widespread, study finds.

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.

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? 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Cite unseen? Then step aside

6 February 2017

Anthea Lacchia

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

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.

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. 

International research collaborations on the rise

15 November 2016

Ivy Shih

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

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. 

Turkey's geology a boon for scientists

2 September 2016

Annabel McGilvray

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

Xerox puts more skin in the printing game

9 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

The research the company is publishing in top journals.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Top 10 research universities in the UK in 2015

9 June 2016

A new chapter in an old rivalry

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.

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

19 May 2016

The Nature Index tracks corporations who publish in top journals.

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.

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.

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

"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.