Shadow science minister acknowledges challenge of combining excellence with ‘place’ in supporting R&D

reading, summer, book

Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both – in part two of our annual round-up of holiday reads

Teesside University

University attacked by 750 academics for forcing entire professoriate to reapply for jobs

Man on beach reading
Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both
Research. papers, peer review

Scholars are ignorant of many aspects of peer review, and part of the problem is that researching it is a bit like kicking the hornet’s nest, says Martin Eve

Struggling with maths

UK government ‘negligent’ to begin negotiations to leave EU without key role being filled, campaigners say

lock, key, open access

When it comes to openness, biggest hurdle is human factor, says David Doherty

blank billboard

Major evaluation of country’s research landscape also found that internationalisation was a key area for improvement

two men stand back to back

Academics base conclusions on a decade of MIT publications and patents

Chinese tourists catch money

Analysis reveals extent of reward system for international publications, which could be distorting scientific incentives

Working with a laptop on the beach

The pressure of producing high-quality research publications spoils the long vacation for many academics, says Rachel Moss

Gary Neill illustration (13 July 2017)

For those vacationing in Peer Review Land, Felipe Fernández-Armesto offers some help with the local lingo

The Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology building at Shantou University on December 16, 2015 in Shantou, China

First Israeli university in China welcomes students this summer


Does the UK have the best structures in place to fund data-driven research? asks Steven Hill

Map of Pakistan

Top academic claims universities have created 'factories' for junk science papers because of misguided funding system

Trust exercise

Task force established by government to explore UK open-data landscape calls for greater efforts to ensure data quality 

Robots welding in factory

CDU wants country to invest 3.5 per cent of GDP in research and development – more than twice that of UK

Twenty-one countries attend annual meeting to showcase progress of multimillion-pound Deltas initiative

parachute with union jack flag

King’s College London and TU Dresden ‘Transcampus’ aims to strengthen ties between UK and Germany 

research excellence summit
Call for rankings to give more weight to societal impact