Accelerating Scholarly Communication: The Transformative role of Preprints
Study explores the place of preprints in the research lifecycle from the points of view of researchers, research performing organisations, research funding organisations and preprint servers/service providers.
The study of science itself is a growing field of research. Also known as meta-science or the science of science, it involves studying the processes and decisions that shape the evolution of scientific research. This collection of articles highlights the breadth of meta-research with articles on topics as diverse as gender bias in peer review, statistical power in clinical trials and the readability of the scientific literature.
Sorry, Wrong Number: Statistical Benchmark Comes Under Fire
Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The presented number 0.059 caused gasps as the audience was looking for something under 0.05.
Citizen Science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Data from conventional sources cannot fully measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here the authors present a roadmap describing how citizen-science data can integrate traditional data and make a significant contribution in support of the SDGs agenda.
Identifying Publications in Questionable Journals in the Context of Performance-based Research Funding
Study finds that the number of publications in open access journals rises every year, while the number of publications in questionable journals decreases from 2012 onwards. Both early career and more senior researchers publish in questionable journals.
A Turning Point is a Time for Reflection - Crossref
Crossref strives for balance. Different people have always wanted different things from us and, since our founding, we have brought together diverse organizations to have discussions-sometimes contentious-to agree on how to help make scholarly communications better. Being inclusive can mean slow progress, but we've been able to advance by being flexible, fair, and forward-thinking. We have been helped by the fact that Crossref's founding organizations defined a clear purpose in our original certificate of incorporation, which reads:
Increasing Gender Diversity in the STEM Research Workforce
In this article, potentially high-impact policy changesare outlined that build upon existing mechanisms for research funding and governance and that can be rapidly implemented to counteract barriers facing women in science. These approaches must be coupled to vigorous and continuous outcomes-based monitoring, so that the most successful strategies can be disseminated and widely implemented.