Research ethics

Helga Nowotny
November 7, 2015

Author of new book The Cunning of Uncertainty fears pressure for scientific certainty is leading researchers to make promises they cannot deliver

Glasses lying on top of a journal
November 5, 2015

The measure of scholarly impact is now being manipulated so much that it has ceased to be meaningful, editorial claims

John Sexton, New York University (NYU)
November 1, 2015

Outgoing New York University president John Sexton dismisses concerns over academic freedom at his institution’s Abu Dhabi campus

Oivind Hovland/Corbis illustration (29 October 2015)
October 29, 2015

How valid are fears that financial conflicts of interest are damaging confidence in academic research?

Demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014
October 27, 2015

Researchers from 72 institutions say they will not visit Israeli higher education institutions, act as referees, or participate in conferences

Money collapsing
October 22, 2015

A new paper finds that more than half of economic studies are unreproducible. But there could be even deeper issues with the discipline, says David Matthews

Man trespassing on private land
October 22, 2015

Cases underscore concerns about use of younger researchers’ work by senior colleagues without permission

Trader reacts to DAX index board, Frankfurt stock exchange
October 21, 2015

Fears that discipline is particularly susceptible to statistical ‘hacking’ of data to gain a positive result

October 14, 2015

Reports question whether scientists are removing sources of bias in experiments involving animals

Man cracking egg on forehead
October 8, 2015

Despite the ironic slips, article sheds light on how journals can tackle flawed science

Man and lion lying beneath rug
October 1, 2015

Majority of academics publishing in journals with lax peer review are from Asia, study concludes

September 28, 2015

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions

September 24, 2015

David Barrowclough tricked Heritage Lottery Fund by applying for money for fake projects

urine cow pee
September 18, 2015

Studies on urine, pain thresholds and unboiled eggs honoured in annual awards for improbable research. John Elmes takes a look

medicine, complementary, nettle,
September 18, 2015

Australian advocates of alternative treatments lobby Canberra for more state funding for research

Cabbage on conveyor belt with melons
September 17, 2015

Did a huge research replication exercise do a power of good? ask Wolfgang Stroebe and Miles Hewstone

MIT nobel winner advice good will hunting
September 9, 2015

10 must-dos for postdocs identified by Catherine L Drennan, professor of chemistry and biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pollution in Tai Lake near Shanghai
September 7, 2015

Region’s universities must build a type of institution distinctive from those in the West, scholar argues

Feature illustration (3 September 2015)
September 3, 2015

Paul Jump examines the many reasons for irreproducibility in science and efforts to tackle it

August 26, 2015

But master of Birkbeck has accepted that there were ‘procedural matters’ in his lab that ‘required attention’