Authorship on research papers: the power of senior academics

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on Monday 04 September 2017

In an opinion piece Trisha Greenhalgh criticizes senior academics misusing their power to acquire authorship on research papers they never worked on. Greenhalgh suggests an academi...

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Do our measures of academic success hurt...

on Monday 31 July 2017

In the fourth article in a series called “Rethinking research” on Inside Higher Ed Frank Miedema and Rinze Benedictus from the UMC Utrecht describe new evaluation practices aimed at aligning incentives for researchers with the mission of biomedical science. Read the entire article “...

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Halffman and Radder update their ‘...

on Friday 21 July 2017

In April 2015 Willem Halffman and Hans Radder published an Academic Manifesto. It described how universities are occupied by management, a regime obsessed with ‘accountability’ through measurement, increased competition, efficiency, ‘excellence’ and misconceived economic salv...

The truth about China’s Cash-For-Publication Policy

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on Friday 14 July 2017

MIT Technology Review released an article on their website about the Chinese policy of rewarding publications of Chinese researchers in top Western journals with cash. The cash rewards for scientists can rise to over $100.000 per paper, an incredible...

Inside Higher Ed starts “Rethinking Research blog”

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on Friday 14 July 2017

Over the last twelve years it has become clear concerns regarding reproducibility of research have risen. Not only the article “Why public research Findings are False” of John Ioannidis but also the lack of reproducibility of studies in the field...

Shutting down the “Miracle Machine”

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on Friday 14 July 2017

On the 11th of July 2017 Daniel Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, released a column in Nature about the “miracle machine”, a fictive machine based on basic science that according...

Societal impact of academic research in the knowledge society

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on Friday 23 June 2017

In March 2017 the League of European Research Universities (LERU) released a position paper called:  ‘Productive interactions: societal impact of academic research in the knowledge society’. In this paper LERU “reflects on the con...

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