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Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

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Opinion: In Publishing, Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good
Hilal A. Lashuel | Nov 10, 2022 | 5 min read
All members of the scientific community must commit to taking the risks needed to change how research is shared and evaluated.
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Q&A: Psych and Neuro Journals Primarily Edited by American Men
Dan Robitzski | Feb 24, 2022 | 5 min read
The Scientist spoke with University of California, San Francisco, neuroscientist Eleanor Palser about her study’s finding that women, especially those working outside the US, are underrepresented in some areas of academic publishing.
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Survey Finds Lack of Diversity Among Journal Editors
Jef Akst | Jun 14, 2021 | 4 min read
Collecting data on the various races, sexual orientations, and gender identities of editors at 25 scientific and medical journals, researchers document the underrepresentation of minority groups.
Howard Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of the family of JAMA journals, holds a laser pointer while speaking
Howard Bauchner Leaves JAMA Following Podcast Fallout
Amanda Heidt | Jun 2, 2021 | 3 min read
The editor-in-chief will step down this month following the release of a podcast in February that suggested systemic racism does not exist in medicine.
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Top JAMA Editor on Leave in Fallout Over Racism Podcast
Shawna Williams | Mar 26, 2021 | 2 min read
The move follows widespread criticism of the episode and its promotion, and the resignation of the podcast’s host.
UK Group Tackles Reproducibility in Research
Emily Makowski | Jan 7, 2020 | 5 min read
Last month, 10 UK universities became part of the UK Reproducibility Network, joining researchers, funders, journal publishers, and regulatory agencies.
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2019 | 4 min read
Half of early-career researchers say they’d participated in the peer review process with their mentors without getting credit.
BMC Biology Shares Rejected Papers’ Peer Reviews with Other Journals
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 2, 2019 | 1 min read
The journal’s “portable peer review” seeks to save time for editors and researchers.
The Open Data Explosion
Viviane Callier | Jan 1, 2019 | 8 min read
Scientists are working to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sharing.
Dutch Universities, Journal Publishers Agree on Open-Access Deals
Diana Kwon | Apr 17, 2018 | 5 min read
Despite some difficult negotiations, academic institutions in the Netherlands have been securing subscriptions that combine publishing and reading into one fee.
Italian Scientist’s Retraction Count Hits 15
Diana Kwon | Mar 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Alfredo Fusco, a once prominent cancer researcher, has been under investigation for alleged research misconduct since 2012.
A Turbulent Year in the Publishing World
Diana Kwon | Dec 15, 2017 | 4 min read
In 2017, scientists, regulators, and publishers clashed in a series of lawsuits, boycotts, mass resignations, and more.
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