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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.

How to write an abstract that stands out

10 August 2021

Andy Tay

A well-written abstract helps to attract readership.

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.

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."

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

Southeast Asian countries join forces for scientific strength

18 March 2021

Sandy Ong

Partnerships are a path to growth in research output.

Rise of the zombie ants

11 January 2021

Gemma Conroy

Why hype is creeping into scientific papers.

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.

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.

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.

How to write a good research paper title

28 July 2020

Andy Tay

“Unread science is lost science.”

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.

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.

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.

Three online tools aimed at improving preprints

19 May 2020

Gemma Conroy

New platforms review and curate manuscripts.

Build-your-own website for scientists

11 May 2020

Andy Tay

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

Behind the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard

7 April 2020

Jeffrey Perkel

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

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.

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

10 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Making dream projects a reality. 

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.

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.

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.

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

28 October 2019

Jon Brock

The meaning of failure in science.

This morbid simulation reveals how people tend to die

17 September 2019

Bec Crew

Trends both disturbing and revealing.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

How academics should use Twitter

7 May 2019

Bec Crew

Conservative social media guidelines stifle scientists' voices. 

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.

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.