Why research reputation trumps teaching reputation in universities

In humans we see lekking behaviour in the general rule that people like being around successful people. This is why social A-lists exist. More generally as animal behaviour, a lek is a gathering of individuals for the purposes of competitive display - competitive signalling. For universities, ...

By Sean Leaver

Software Discovery Dashboard

This project’s objective is to create an open source web dashboard capable of searching multiple code hosting services, such as Zenodo, Figshare, and GitHub, for the benefit of the research community. The goal of this dashboard is to demonstrate the usefulness of a new metadata standard by utili...

By Stefan Neamtu, Adam Blaine, Matthew Mokary, Luke Coy

Reducing the peer review burden and raising grant success rates by passing a simple law

Pass a law that limits the total dollars that a research organization can request from the federal government to three times the average dollars they received in previous years. This would immediately change the average success rate of grants to one in three; a major improvement from current rat...

By Scott Reed

Change the way you publish - Research platforms/databases can take your country to newer heights

JBI is quite an exciting platform to write and I intuitively relate it to my Twitter handle. But this article is much beyond how JBI or any other typical journal works. The idea that a country is making any headway in research and development (R&D) or not is measured by the number of journal art...

By Nabajit Das

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Analyzing Decision Making and Peer Review

The legitimacy of a funding agency in basic research depends at least on the following factors: * organization’s ability to minimize distortions in approval probability by its decision procedure * the scientific quality of results produced by funded research proposals * the acceptance of the...

By Klaus Zinöcker