28 February – 6 March
This week, Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominates, China moves to tackle its harmful publish or perish culture and, in lighter news, how art can contribute to science.
Biomedical publishers and scientific organisations rally against COVID-19
Hat tip to the European Association of Science Editors for bringing these resources to our attention.
FENS 2020 is going ahead, for now
FENS has issued a statement on COVID-19. It has confirmed that the FENS Forum 2020 in Glasgow in July is still going ahead, at least for now, but they will be monitoring the situation and following guidance from the NHS, the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. However, FENS does advise arranging cancellation insurance when booking travel.
With a new ban in place, will Chinese research perish?
China's science and education ministries have instructed its research institutions to stop paying bonuses for publishing in journals. Such initiatives have resulted in researchers focusing on quantity over quality of papers, and may have contributed to a rise in fraud, plagiarism and unethical citation practices. While many researchers have welcomed the ban, critics are concerned that it will reduce the country's notable competitiveness in research.
Art and science go hand-in-hand
A beautiful article in the Careers column in Nature explains how an artist residency in a research lab can have surprising benefits for everyone involved. Have you ever considered working with an artist? The researcher and artist who co-authored this column give some excellent tips for making such a collaboration a positive experience for both parties.