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Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.
Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data

Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.

Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.

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As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Aug 3, 2021 | 7 min read
The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.
Opinion: Despite Limitations, Study Offers Clues to Gender Bias
Flaminio Squazzoni | Jan 29, 2021 | 3 min read
A response to Ada Hagan’s opinion piece suggesting that our study “compromises response to gender bias.”
Opinion: Peer Review Study Compromises Response to Gender Bias
Ada Hagan | Jan 29, 2021 | 5 min read
A recent analysis that claimed no evidence of gender-based peer review outcomes fails to account for several factors.
No Gender Bias in Peer Review: Study
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2021 | 3 min read
An analysis of data from nearly 150 journals across scientific disciplines finds that, if anything, manuscripts authored by women are treated more favorably than those submitted by men.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2020 | 4 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Publishing in English Presents Challenges for International Authors
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2020 | 8 min read
When submitting manuscripts to Western journals, authors face issues that go beyond language barriers.
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Opinion: Please Help Reviewers by Embedding Your Figures
Ricardo Borges and Andrew G. Ewing | Jul 23, 2019 | 2 min read
The standard system of separating figures, tables, and legends from the text is unnecessary and laborious.
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Elsevier and Norway Agree on New Open-Access Deal
Diana Kwon | Apr 24, 2019 | 2 min read
Under a two-year pilot agreement, articles published by Norwegian academics will be free to read in almost all of the publisher’s journals.
Norway Joins List of Countries Canceling Elsevier Contracts
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2019 | 2 min read
The publisher failed to meet requests for better access to research, a consortium of Norwegian institutions says.
Major Publishers File Second Lawsuit Against ResearchGate
Diana Kwon | Oct 9, 2018 | 4 min read
As the American Chemical Society and Elsevier move litigation forward, other academic publishers have opted to collaborate with the academic network platform instead.
North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages
Diana Kwon | Jun 11, 2018 | 5 min read
A growing number of libraries are unbundling their subscriptions to the full suite of publishers’ journals, opting for limited titles to save on costs.
New Automated Tool Monitors Clinical Trial Reporting
Diana Kwon | Feb 21, 2018 | 3 min read
The watchdog website FDAAA TrialsTracker names and shames human studies that breach the FDA’s requirements for reporting results.
Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services
Diana Kwon | Feb 19, 2018 | 3 min read
A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues.
South Korean Universities Make Deal with Elsevier
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 16, 2018 | 2 min read
A consortium of 300 universities and college libraries had taken a strong stance against the publishing giant’s price hikes. 
Open Access On the Rise: Study
Bob Grant | Aug 6, 2017 | 5 min read
The Scientist sat down with one of the authors of a recent analysis that quantifies the increasing incursion of open-access content into the world of scholarly publishing.
Benjamin Lewin
Paula Park | Oct 13, 2002 | 4 min read
Benjamin Lewin founded Cell in 1972 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and with unprecedented speed, built a collection of science journals that rival—and many say outperform—heavyweights Nature and Science.
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