Issue 36

Percentage of people who believe vaccines are safe


The US National Academies have released their report on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science. (free to download)

Dryad have launched their new platform. Data can now be uploaded independently of journal submission, and there are numerous other improvements to the service.

Signaling the trustworthiness of science. A commentary in PNAS by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Marcia McNutt, Veronique Kiermer, and Richard Sever on approaches to signal trustworthiness in research at the level of journal articles.

Euan Adie, the founder of Altmetric, has launched a new company, Overton. At the core of their offering is a database of policy documents and related information.


A US Senate spending panel has approved a $3 billion (7.7%) budget boost for the NIH for next year, exceeding even the proposal earlier this year from the House of Representatives.

A few months ago Wellcome has released the first issue of the Wellcome Global Monitor. The study surveyed over 140,000 people from more than 140 countries about their attitude towards science, including the safety of vaccines (see graphic below).

Do university rankings measure anything at all? A blog post by Cameron Neylon, Friso Selten and Paul Groth finds that there are considerable error margins in those rankings.


Listening to concerns that journals should provide more assistance to authors about appropriate statistical reporting, PLOS ONE has released statistical guidelines for its authors. “The guidelines do provide instructions for reporting some specific statistics that we have noted commonly cause problems for authors.”


The Open Science Conference 2020 is taking place from 11 – 12 March, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. There will be an Open Science Barcamp on 10 March.


Annette Thomas has left Clarivate. She is replaced by Mukhtar Ahmed, previously responsible for the Life Sciences at Clarivate. Senior Vice President for Strategy and Transformation Samantha Burridge has also left.

Matt Buys is the new Executive Director of DataCite.

The STM Board has appointed Ian Moss as new CEO. He joins from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

It hasn’t been the best week for gender diversity in executive appointments.

Percentage of people who believe vaccines are safe

Attitude towards vaccines in various regions.
Credit (CC-BY): Wellcome Global Monitor 2018 (2019).