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Academic journals don’t select the research they publish on scientific rigour alone. So why aren’t academics taking to the streets about this?
Fresh concerns over reliability of papers published in journals as suspicious statistical patterns prompt investigations into some of the identified trials
Funding research solely on the basis of excellence ignores the crucial role science plays in improving local economies and societies
Oxford’s decision on compulsory retirement raises pressing questions about fairness – and what is best for academia as a whole.
Peer review recognition company Publons is set to expand under new owners. Could this boost peer review and stop it being seen as an onerous, thankless task?
The evolution to a high-profit industry was never planned. Academics need to make the case for lower-cost journals.
As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose
Breaking the cycle in which only highly profitable drugs reach the market is not just the responsibility of government.
Jürgen Schmidhuber says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy.
Science isn’t just about explosions. But can children as young as 3 understand what it’s really about?
When I first received one of your reports, I lay on the couch hugging a cushion. Then rage set in and I wanted to prove you wrong.
IVF technique uses DNA from three people to prevent genetic diseases being passed on, and could be offered by Newcastle clinic from this summer.
Misconduct in academia isn’t rampant but should be taken more seriously: let’s consider independent anti-corruption units
Program brings artificial general intelligence a step closer by using previous knowledge to solve fresh problems
It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone
The ability to participate in science has always been political. On International Women’s Day, scientists must decide how best to defend women’s rights
Jeremy Freeman, a neuroscientist from the multimillion-dollar research project set up by the Facebook founder to find global health solutions, talks about his goals
The shortlist of the year’s best science visions
The problem of fake data may go far deeper than scientists admit. Now a team of researchers has a controversial plan to root out the perpetrators
They are finally going to be held to account for what they do with vast amounts of our money