Lawless urges Minister to bring CERN talks to Cabinet

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless TD has urged Minister Francis Fitzgerald to accelerate the process of Ireland joining CERN. Membership of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has major benefits for the research and development sector in Ireland yet no progress has been made by the Government in joining the organisation …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 22 August]

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Ireland ‘missing out’ by not joining Cern

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are growing calls for Ireland to join the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in order to capitalise on €300m worth of commercial projects as well as encouraging more Irish students to enter the scientific field …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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‘Almost half’ of recent research papers now open access

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

International“Nearly half of all recently published journal articles are freely available online, according to researchers who claim that institutions may be approaching a tipping point where they cancel their subscriptions to paywalled periodicals …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times High Education, 15 August]

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‘It’s behaviour from the Dark Ages’ – Outrage as Trinity experiments on 110,000 animals

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 110,000 animals have been used in medical research by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in the past five years, new figures have shown. Last year alone, it spent more than €310,000 buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10,000 to dispose of them when the research was complete …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 21 August]

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Ireland and nuclear research

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin O’Sullivan’s report on Senator Colm Burke’s discussion on the question of Ireland’s membership of Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research ) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reflects a campaign that has run for over five decades …” (more)

[Denis O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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Failure to join CERN means State ‘losing out’ on research contracts

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is losing out on major research contracts by not being a member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has claimed. CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It operates particle accelerators including the famous Large Hadron Collider …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Which subjects at UK universities rely most on EU academics?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Universities in the UK have stepped up their lobbying of the government over Brexit as crucial negotiations take place about the future status of European Union citizens working in the country …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Colleges’ research partnership with navy ‘disbanded’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A partnership between two third-level colleges and the Irish Naval Service to promote commercial maritime research has been mothballed for ‘not being fit for purpose’. A review, last year, of the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, in Ringaskiddy, concluded that its operations were ‘creating difficulties’ and would damage the original aim of its sponsors …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2017 by steve

“A multi-author blog collective is an effective way for a university or other knowledge-based institution to host discussion and debate. As part of a series previewing their book Communicating Your Research with Social Media, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Chris Gilson and Sierra Williams look at how to set up an institution-based multi-author blog platform; from planning all the way to launch …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 8 August]


Success in academia: the pressure to be international

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“The UK’s research system relies on international researchers. More than a quarter of researchers in UK universities are from other countries, and more than a third of PhD students are from outside the UK. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, it is crucial to understand how and why researchers move between countries …” (more)

[Susan Guthrie and Catie Lichten, Times Higher Education, 4 May]


Yes, Your Manuscript Was Due 30 Years Ago. No, the University Press Still Wants It

Posted in Research on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“David W Congdon was recently reviewing the contracts he had inherited as a new acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas when he came upon a project due in 1987. Mr Congdon offered the author a chance to void the contract and to absolve himself of responsibility for the dangling project …” (more)

[Chris Quintana, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 August]

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Elsevier Acquires bepress

Posted in Research on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2 August]

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Open access monograph dash could lead us off a cliff

Posted in Research on July 27th, 2017 by steve

“While open access is all about setting research ‘free’, the transition towards it can feel to academics like just another facet of the ever-stricter assessment regimes to which they are becoming subject. A recent example in the UK is the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s announcement that all articles and conference papers submitted to the next research excellence framework exercise will have to be available on an open-access institutional or subject repository …” (more)

[Marilyn Deegan, Times Higher Education, 27 July]

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NUI Galway team defends work on major US intelligence project

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A team at NUI Galway is defending a decision to support a major US intelligence project amid fears over privacy. NUI Galway partner, Compact Imaging, is teaming up with SRI International to develop improved detection of attempts to evade or deceive security systems, such as fingerprint identification scanners …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 July]


Biology’s Roiling Debate Over Publishing Research Early

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Five years ago, Daniel MacArthur set out to build a massive library of human gene sequences – one of the biggest ever. The 60,706 raw sequences, collected from colleagues all over the globe, took up a petabyte of memory …” (more)

[Megan Molteni, Wired, 8 July]

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High Level Group says EU must double research budget

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2017 by steve

“A group of experts selected by the European Commission to recommend what changes to make to the current European Union research programme Horizon 2020 when it ends in three years’ time, has called for a doubling of the budget and for it to pay more attention to the gap between science and innovation …” (more)

[Jan Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 5 July]

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Our obsession with eminence warps research

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2017 by steve

International“We can quantify exactly how much faster Usain Bolt is than the next-fastest sprinter. It’s much harder to say who is the best scientist, let alone how much better they are than the next-best scientist. Deciding who deserves recognition is, at least in part, a judgement call. On my optimistic days, I can believe that, despite all the noise, there’s still a reliable signal …” (more)

[Simine Vazire, Nature News, 4 July]


What does the future hold for academic books?

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2017 by steve

“Between August 2014 and September 2016, the Academic Book of the Future Project, initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library, explored the current and future status of the traditional academic monograph …” (more)

[Marilyn Deegan, Impact of Social Sciences, 4 July]


Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2017 by steve

International“In 2011, Claudio Aspesi, a senior investment analyst at Bernstein Research in London, made a bet that the dominant firm in one of the most lucrative industries in the world was headed for a crash …” (more)

[Stephen Buranyi, Guardian, 27 June]