The European Commission's scientific publishing service has launched a new venue for EU research grantees to publish free-to-read results. The Open Research Europe platform promises beneficiaries an "easy, high quality peer-reviewed" system at "no cost to them". The twist: authors, not editors, choose what they wish to publish - without the delay involved in traditional science publishing, the commission says.
Building New Bridges Between Research and Policy During a National Lockdown
How put your knowledge into practice at the heart of government during a national lockdown? Two social scientists with expertise in production and use of evidence in the UK reflect on their recent experiences.
Focal Random Selection Closes the Gender Gap in Competitiveness
Gender differences in choosing to enter competitions are an important cause of the leaky pipeline for women in leadership roles and represent a considerable waste of human resources. We used an incentivized laboratory experiment to evaluate whether the introduction of random elements alters the gender gap in competitiveness. We found that focal random selection from a preselected pool removes the difference in competitiveness between men and women and does not dilute the qualifications of the entrants. The percentage of women who took part in competitions was nearly triple, and that of high-ability women double, with focal random selection compared to selection in pure performance competitions. In contrast, the behavior of men remained largely unchanged. Focal random selection closes the gender gap in competitiveness and can substantially enlarge the pool of high-performing women who apply for top jobs.
Facebook, QAnon and the World's Slackening Grip on Reality
The coronavirus pandemic has left us living more and more of our lives online. But the place where we chat with friends, get our news and form our opinions is full of vile and dangerous conspiracy theories. Is the world's biggest social network doing enough to combat them?
This course will examine the science and technology innovation system, including case studies on energy, computing, advanced manufacturing and health sectors, with an emphasis on public policy and the federal government's R&D role in that system.
The new chief executive officer of UK Research and Innovation emphasizes that assessment systems should support and value a robust portfolio of work of different sorts, and a diverse range of people to do this work.