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Editorial Snapshot: Industry bias in research: is transparency enough?

- A.S., Editor

Potential biases in scientific research and how they are addressed are important indicators of the quality and validity of the work. The growing connection between industry and research institutions has raised concerns in academic communities, especially in biomedical fields, over the biases associated with conflicts of interest. For example, in a previous study examining the role of company sponsorship on research outcomes, it was found that industry-sponsored studies were more likely to have favorable efficacy results.

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Science News: Red alert for Earth’s climate

– K.J., Editor

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently released their findings in a report called Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis[LINK1]. This is the Sixth Assessment Report of the present and future changes to our global climate. At around 4000 pages, this report contains a large volume of alarming data and makes a number of predictions for the future of our planet.

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Editorial Snapshot: Shifting the focus away from Impact Factor

- G.A., Senior Editor

As universities and research institutes adapt to pressure from governments and grant agencies to increase open access to research findings, it has become clear that new methods of publishing require new ways of looking at scientific output. In particular, as new open access journals are established, they face the challenge of considerably lower impact factors compared to legacy journals in their respective fields.

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Science News: Greenland abandons the search for fossil fuels

– G.A., Senior Editor

Beginning at the end of the 19th century and extending throughout the entire 20th century, humans extracted immense volumes of oil and gas from the Earth’s crust. Governments launched frantic searches for oil fields that could be used to power national economies and also fill government coffers through the sale of oil and gas to non-producing nations. Finding and tapping hidden reserves was seen to be part of the responsibility of any well-meaning government.

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