Conflicts of interest can severely affect scientific objectivity, or at least appear to do so. But there are no uniform rules for disclosure and management of conflicts, so authors need to rely on journal guidelines and advice from their institutions and other organizations.
We share our thoughts on the latest in science communication, publishing and policy, and provide updates on what we have been up to.
Inappropriate citation practices can lead readers astray or, at worst, generate scientific myths. To prevent this, researchers should be aware of the pitfalls of bias, distinguish fact from speculation and look up original sources.
Women are better represented in science today than a few decades ago, but progress has been slow. A recent guide provides recommendations for addressing implicit biases, collecting data on gender and improving grant-management practices in the European context.
Competition for funding is fierce and many researchers struggle to understand what it takes to succeed. On March 8, we led a seminar and panel discussion to identify the effective strategies for devising and writing successful grant applications.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center confirms that the US public’s views on climate change are shaped primarily by politics, not scientific information. Academics and communicators seeking to address complex, societally relevant issues should reflect on the survey results.
First instalment of assessment by the Swedish Research Council reveals that Sweden is well-placed internationally in terms of research funding and staff as well as highly cited publications. But future assessments should consider broadening the indicators used.