The NHMRC program grant overhaul

The NHMRC program grant overhaul: will it change the medical research landscape in Australia? Medical researchers should be conducting life-saving research, not spending half their time writing grants. from www.shutterstock.com Gaetan Burgio, Australian National University Medical research in Australia is facing some unprecedented challenges. Investment in the National and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been…

How we edit science part 5

How we edit science part 5: so what is science? The best scientists, such as Marie and Pierre Curie, are committed to the experimental method. Wikimedia Tim Dean, The Conversation We take science seriously at The Conversation and we work hard at reporting it accurately. This series of five posts is adapted from an internal…

Nature

Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints

Coalition of scientists and research agencies argue for a one-stop shop server Life scientists keen to share their findings online before peer review are spoilt for choice. Whereas physicists gravitate to one repository — the ‘preprint’ server arXiv — life sciences has a fast-growing roster of venues for preprints. There’s the biology-focused bioRxiv, and a biology section…

How we edit science part 4

How we edit science part 4: how to talk about risk, and words and images not to use How do we know it’s safe? Flickr/ZaldyImg, CC BY-SA Tim Dean, The Conversation We take science seriously at The Conversation and we work hard at reporting it accurately. This series of five posts is adapted from an…

How we edit science part 3

How we edit science part 3: impact, curiosity and red flags Peer-reviewed journals are the gold standard for scientific publishing. Shutterstock Tim Dean, The Conversation We take science seriously at The Conversation and we work hard at reporting it accurately. This series of five posts is adapted from an internal presentation on how to understand…

SWSLHD

Insights from an expert: Consumer participation

  Recent insights from an expert in consumer participation Lynda Johnston has been the Manager of the Consumer and Community Participation Unit of SWSLHD for 10 years and was recently interviewed for the Health Consumers NSW blog. Lynda has worked for many years to strengthen the relationship between clinicians across the Local Health District (LHD) and…

Beware of predatory journals

Predatory journals recruit fake editor Thousands of academic journals do not aspire to quality. They exist primarily to extract fees from authors. These ‘predatory’ journals exhibit questionable marketing schemes, follow lax or non-existent peer-review procedures and fail to provide scientific rigour or transparency1, 2, 3 The open-access movement, although noble in its intent, has been…

New book published

Dr Sandra Garrido’s new book explores the link between response to music and depression After happiness, sadness is the most common emotion expressed in music. One south west Sydney researcher, Dr Sandra Garrido of the MARCS Institute of Western Sydney University, has explored the link between our attraction to sad music and the rising prevalence of clinical…

Read about Healthy Cities

Landmark Glocal Health Book Published This is the urban century. At some point over the last year or so, the United Nations Population Division estimated, the world crossed a threshold: more than half of its population lives in cities. By 2050, some forecasts suggest, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, some of…