Despite Becoming Increasing Institutionalised, There Remains a Lack of Discourse About Research Metrics Among Much of Academia
The active use of metrics in everyday research activities suggests academics have accepted them as standards of evaluation, that they are “thinking with indicators”. Yet when asked, many academics profess concern about the limitations of evaluative metrics and the extent of their use.
In the Era of Brexit and Fake News, Scientists Need to Embrace Social Media
Social media can promote openness in research as international partnerships and collaborations are jeopardised, while increased adoption by scientists can also redress the balance that has shifted towards ill-evidenced news on some platforms.
When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Academia Is Fundamentally Broken
Even after reading every single related news article, it is still worth reading the 300-plus page National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report on Sexual Harassment in its entirety. The report lays out why academia is fundamentally broken and incapable of dealing with harassment.
In this controversial opinion piece, German science expert Stefan Hornbostel argues that some transparency is good for science - but too much can backfire, reducing the efficiency and quality of research and eroding public trust.
Sci-Hub Proves That Piracy Can be Dangerously Useful
Despite two lost legal battles in the US, domain name seizures, and millions of dollars in damage claims, Sci-Hub continues to offer unauthorized access to academic papers. The site's founder says that she would rather operate legally, but copyright gets in the way. Sci-Hub is not the problem she argues, it's a solution, something many academics appear to agree with.