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Open Research in 2018, real or fake news?

The announcement of an Open Research Europe platform, to be linked to Horizon 2020, is just the latest example of a trend for research funders to own their own means of publication. Neil Jacobs from Jisc asks how many swallows make a summer.

Citations and the fallacy of division

Introducing his briefing paper for Jisc, Cameron Neylon suggests citation metrics for researchers and publications are an example of the fallacy of division.

What is the VAT status of universities?

“Bizarre, exasperating and illogical, but occasionally fun” – Amanda Darley explains the world of VAT as it applies to the higher education sector.

Smarter R&D investment

Athene Donald explains how the promised increase in R&D investment should be spent, as part of a campaign by the Royal Society and other learned societies.

Open research data is key to open science

As Open Access Week comes to a close, Jisc’s Caroline Ingram looks at the potential of open research data as a means to improve the practice of science.

Talking ‘bout a generation

Academic careers are becoming less and less easy for young early career researchers to sustain. Christine Drabwell tells us why.

The importance of policy for enabling research data sharing

Sharing research data offers huge potential for the advancement of human knowledge, and is already transforming the way science is conducted. But the most important weapon in the armouries of those trying to facilitate sharing is a well-crafted policy.

Equality and the REF 2021 consultation

Does the potential for the use of headcounts in determining REF2021 submissions run the risk of breaching equalities law? James Hand highlights the potential issues.

A beginner’s guide to Open Access

Access to research publications is one of the key issues faced by researchers and scholarly publishers. For those new to the area, Graham Steel and David Kernohan explain.

Nine brains or megabrain: who’s making UKRI?

UKRI is starting to take shape behind the scenes. James Wilsdon has spoken to dozens of key players to lift the curtain on what promises to be a transformation in the UK research and innovation landscape.

Making staff selection work in REF 2021

Institutional ‘significance tests’ for REF staff selection may be the solution the thorny issues presented by the Stern Review. Tom Frostick explains how it could work.

How do you solve a problem like REF 2021?

‘Whole staff submission’ to the next REF is reputedly a red line for the universities minister. How is this to be reconciled with a sector that believes it is unworkable and undesirable? Martin McQuillan investigates.

Industrial strategy: a small step, or giant leap?

Universities have a vital role in fixing the UK’s recent failures in improving business research and development. Richard Jones analyses the wider context behind the recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.

In spite of Brexit… reasons for hope in 2017

We’ve heard a lot about the dangers facing universities over the coming months and years, but what about the opportunities? Leila Gouran gives an optimistic take on our challenges.

The new foes are the old ones: lies and ignorance

The science and research community must take a critical look at itself to take the fight to the post-facts, anti-scientific world. Rolf Tarrach, former President of the University of Luxembourg, lays down the challenge.