Top and bottom five countries for improving research

Some countries have managed to increase both the quality and quantity of their research

Graph of whether a country's research is motivated by altruism or economic growth

When it comes to big countries, more individualistic nations are more altruistic 

Japan’s universities turn to hospitals for financial pain relief (5 January 2017)

This graph shows that Japan’s top-ranked universities now rely on their hospitals for about 40 per cent of their income as they struggle with deep cuts in government spending.

Mapped out: negative perceptions of science (22 December 2016)

This map shows that across Africa, India, Central America and parts of the Middle East, people are more likely to believe that one of the “bad effects” of science is that it “breaks down ideas of right and wrong”

The rise of open access mega-journals (8 December 2016)

This graph shows the dramatic rise of open access mega-journals such as Plos One, which offer to publish papers based on their scientific soundness rather than the significance or novelty of the results, and which accept research across a broad range of disciplines

Universities whose work has driven environmental awareness (24 November 2016)

As the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rises comes into force this month, these are the universities that have, between 2011 and 2015, produced the environmental science research with the greatest impact

Nobel prizewinners by country of birth, 2007-2016 infographic (27 October 2016)

America is head and shoulders above other nations in attracting and retaining prizewinning scientists

Economic impact of research at UK, US and Japanese universities (22 September 2016)

This graph compares how UK, US and Japanese universities perform on measures of the economic impact of their research

How Russell Group dominates research funding

This graph shows the dominance of Russell Group universities in attracting quality-related research funding from Hefce, which is based on the results of the REF

US conservatives’ distrust of science (25 August 2016)

These graphs show that as academics in the US have become more liberal since 1990, trust in science among conservative members of the public has declined (while liberals’ has held steady)

How researchers rate importance of impact by age

Academics split over importance of research impact

Political climate and controversial research (23 June 2016)

Data reveal that countries such as China and Saudi Arabia produce only a tiny fraction of the history and political science papers of democracies

How is eLife measuring up? infographic (16 June 2016)

In 2012, the open access biomedical journal eLife was launched to challenge the dominance of titles such as Nature, Science and Cell

Dissing dons down the ages: a century of pejoratives

What insults have people used to disparage intellectuals over the past century?

London magnified on map of United Kingom (UK)

These maps show which universities do research that goes on to have an impact on London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham

The great divide: how scholars spend their time (3 March 2016)

These data show how scholars used their time at different types of university in the period 2012 to 2015

Scientific papers published with international co-authors

Scientists are increasingly working in collaboration with overseas academics, according to OECD figures

Tertiary study’s impact on views of the political process

This graphic shows to what extent tertiary education increases people’s sense that they have a say in politics

‘Academic’ publishers and titles identified as predatorial, 2011-16

This graph shows an explosion in the number of so-called predatory publishers and journals in the past five years

Relative earnings by educational attainment (14 January 2016)

This graphic shows the extra earnings of workers aged 25-64 holding a bachelor’s, or master’s or doctoral degree, in 10 countries