Chris

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Let’s forget about the impact factor

Hardly any topic in scientific publishing generates as much attention, debate and frequent outbursts as the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), calculated by Thomson Reuters. Long recognized for it’s inherently flawed nature in determining the quality of individual research articles or contributions (and performance) of individual scientists, it is unfortunately still frequently used as a means …

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Impressions from the March for Science in London

I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting before I left my flat this Saturday to join fellow scientists and science-fans on the March for Science in London. Demonstrations against Brexit and the Women’s March earlier this year were still on my mind, I guess, and probably contributed to my anticipation of large crowds. When …

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Journals grant free access to all research on Zika virus

It seems every year we learn another lesson from viral epidemics. Last year the so far largest and most deleterious Ebola epidemic provoked an WHO-initiated overhaul of regulatory policies, aimed at accelerating the testing of treatments and vaccines that have shown promise in animals during times of crisis. The rVSV-ZEBOV trial was one of the results of this initiative and the success of the vaccine …

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EU influence on UK science

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There are many reasons why academics are dreading the possibility of a Brexit: the loss of EU science funding is one of them, access to highly qualified lab personnel another. Euroskeptics keep insisting that we invest more than we get out. But how much does the UK actually contribute to EU research programmes – and …

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Back in business – Happy 2016!

After a lengthy break this blog is now back in business and will be updated on a weekly basis. As before, anything scientific goes. However, as I’ve now taken up a job in science publishing, I also intend to cover issues that are more broadly science-related, such as science policy, publishing and perhaps the connection to industry …

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I have a bad gut feeling about this

Recently, a good friend of mine told me about his – now ex – girlfriend and how she ended the relationship based on a “gut feeling”. I wonder if that girl was aware of the big excitement that is currently flooding media and scientific literature regarding this topic. Well, not the break-up but the influence of the …

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It’s all in the blood: Can we turn back the aging clock?

When Paul Bert, a French physiologist, started to stitch mice together in 1864 he probably wasn’t thinking about the fountain of youth. His main interest was in animal grafting; the way tissue transplants could survive away from the body and affect a biological system (1). Bert’s successful attempts in parabiosis, the surgical joining of two …

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