Federal Partners Release Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research
A group of 23 U.S. government agencies, including the NSF, have joined to produce the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research, which outlines the objectives, structure and principles for coordinated research in this important field of study.
The Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) 2018 have just been released by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The SEI are released every two years and provide high-quality quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. These statistics aid in the understanding of the current context of the science and engineering fields and objectively inform the development of future policies.
New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals
Today's academic publishing system may be problematic, but many argue it is the only one available to provide adequate research evaluation. Pandelis Perakakis introduces an open community platform, LIBRE, which seeks to challenge the assumption that peer review can only be handled by journal editors.
NSF invests $20 million in large projects to keep US cyberspace secure and trustworthy
NSF invests $20 million in large projects to keep the nation's cyberspace secure and trustworthy: Three large "Frontier" collaborative projects highlight efforts to tackle fundamental challenges in cybersecurity.
US studies may overestimate effect sizes in softer research
Many biases affect scientific research, causing a waste of resources, posing a threat to human health, and hampering scientific progress. These problems are hypothesized to be worsened by lack of consensus on theories and methods, by selective publication processes, and by career systems too heavily oriented toward productivity, such as those adopted in the US.
Does "science" make you moral? The effects of priming science on moral judgments and behavior
Science stands as an ideological force insofar as it offers the answers to a variety of fundamental questions and concerns; as such, those who pursue scientific inquiry have been shown to be concerned with the moral and social ramifications of their scientific endeavors.