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Study takes aim at education-based death rate disparities
A study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review has brought new understanding as to why death rates for less educated middle aged adults are much higher than for their more educated peers despite increa ...
Libel case against the scientific journal Nature begins
Online game aims to improve scientific peer review accuracy
Peer review of scientific research is an essential component of research publication, the awarding of grants, and academic promotion. Reviewers are often anonymous. However, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins ...
New study identifies gaps in NIH funding success rates for black researchers
Black scientists were significantly less likely than their white counterparts to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to an analysis of data from 2000 to 2006.
Ten-fold increase in Open Access publishing during the last decade
Since the World Wide Web emerged in the mid 1990s scientists have dreamed of having the whole body of scientific peer reviewed literature freely available on the web, openly available without any hindrance. In the "Open Access" ...
Climate study gets pulled over plagiarism
Evidence of plagiarism and complaints about the peer-review process have led a statistics journal to retract a federally funded study that condemned scientific support for global warming.
Spanish scientific journals must raise professional standards in order to compete
A study by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) shows a lack of standardisation in the peer review systems whereby independent experts assess the content of scientific publications published ...
Another Higgs rumor reminds us how science is correctly done
Strong scientific peer review leads to better science and policy formation
The current Special Issue of Technology & Innovation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors is focused on the history, process and practice of scientific peer review, with several articles aimed at assessing scient ...
American Physical Society announces Physical Review X
APS announces Physical Review X (PRX), an online, open access, primary research journal for authors in all fields of physics.
Revealed: 48-hour 'scramble' to discredit MMR concerns
A series of denials and a failure to formally investigate allegations of misconduct in Andrew Wakefield's MMR research meant the public was misled about the credibility of the paper for six years.
Federal peer review may be overstretched and error prone
The federal peer review system, by which research proposals are judged worthy for funding, may be "over stretched" and "susceptible to error," said Elmer Yglesias, a researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Institute ...
NASA's arsenic-eating life form gets a second look
Soon after NASA-funded researchers announced this month they had found a new life form that thrives on arsenic, critics took to the blogosphere with skeptical views and downright insults. ...