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US Postdoc Survey Results and the Interaction of Gender, Career Choice and Mentor Impact
The postdoctoral community is an essential component of the academic and scientific workforce, but a lack of data about this community has made it difficult to develop policies to address concerns about salaries, working conditions, diversity and career development, and to evaluate the impact of existing policies. A recent study aims to address this gap.
The Global State of Peer Review is one of the largest ever studies into the practice of scholarly peer review around the world focusing on four questions: 1. Who is doing the review? 2. How efficient is the peer review process? 3. What do we know about peer review quality? 4. What does the future hold?
EUA Publishes Big Deals Survey Report, the First European-Level Mapping of Major Scientific Contracts in Europe
A survey focusing on the functions and working process of consortia, as well as on the conditions of contracts for big deals concerning scientific periodicals, databases, and e-books. The results of the survey show that consortia broadly represent the interests of relevant stakeholders from the university and library sectors and are largely driven by researchers’ needs.
Around half of researchers already publish their work with open access, according to a comprehensive survey carried out by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. Besides a number of positive results, the survey also revealed a need for more information.
Work-Life Balance Survey 2018: Long Hours Take Their Toll on Academics
Times Higher Education’s first major global survey of university staff views on work-life balance finds academics feeling stressed and underpaid, and struggling to fit time for personal relationships and family around their ever-growing workloads.
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.
The results of the latest public opinion survey undertaken by Research!America showed that 67% of respondents had a positive image of science and indeed thought that public policy should be based on the best science available.