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Global Trends

The academic publishing industry is a busy and dynamic one with different trends dominating different countries in the world. Read the posts in this section to follow global trends in academic publishing and to stay updated about best publication practices in different parts of the world. The posts in this section will help you develop a global understanding of scientific communication.
Interdisciplinary publishing
Argues that working in multidisciplinary teams does more in bringing separate disciplines together than any academic intervention.
Can metrics replace peer review in indicating the quality & impact of research?
Peer review and quantitative metrics are the two most prominent methods of evaluating the quality and impact of research. However, the recent surge in the importance attached to metrics has led to the question whether metrics can replace peer review in indicating the quality and impact of research. The Metric Tide report attempts to answer this question with the help of experts in scientometrics and major stakeholders of research and higher education.  
Report on research evaluation metrics in the UK
Metrics are important in research evaluation, but excessive focus on unreliable and rigid quantitative measures has diluted the nature and significance of research assessment. In The Metric Tide, a report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management, Wilsdon et al. undertake a detailed study of the current status of evaluation metrics in the UK. They come up with the concept of responsible metrics to introduce greater representation, flexibility, and...
Greece’s debt crisis: How it’s affecting the country’s R&D, healthcare, and brain drain rate
The economic crisis in Greece has led to many speculations about the future of the country's science and research landscape. This post takes a look at the effect of the economic downfall on Greece's R&D, healthcare, and brain drain rate. 
What do you wish for a better future of science and academia? Our series of posts on Global Science explored the current trends in global scientific publishing and to enable the sharing of ideas among those passionate about science and research, we are launching the campaign #MyWishForGlobalScience. Given a chance, what would you want changed about today's science? A change begins with an idea; a simple thought. Join us to share your thoughts and ideas at #MyWishForGlobalScience.
Open data mandates across the globe
Science is becoming open and how! Gone are the days when researchers and institutions believed in keeping scientific data  behind strict and complex institutional paywalls, at the risk of losing invaluable scientific inputs. Today many funding bodies are realizing the benefits of open data and are implementing their own open data mandates to capitalize on the long-term benefits of data sharing through their own or external repositories. This post explores the fascinating area of open data...
The scientific landscape of Korea is undergoing a change
The scientific landscape of Korea is undergoing a change. With change at various levels, including a consistent growth of R&D budget, openness toward the acceptance of open access policy, rapid adoption of English languagea gradual internationalization of Korean STM journals, and more, the Korean STM journals are rapidly getting internationalized. Read on to gain an in-depth insight into the Korean scientific progress.  
The landscape of science is changing with the emergence of new global trends, such as international collaboration, co-authorship, establishment of research networks, and researcher mobility
The landscape of scientific research is fast changing, with the emergence of new global players and upcoming trends that transcend geographical boundaries and reinforce the importance of collaboration and cooperation among nations. This article takes a look at some recent trends in international collaboration, such as hyperauthorship, establishment of research networks, and researcher mobility.
Japan's diminishing research output
Japan's investment in R&D is high. Despite this, Japanese research output is diminishing. Why is this happening? A hierarchical educational system, and lack opportunities and platforms for external collaboration are among the reasons for this decline. International collaboration will play a crucial role in helping Japan increase the quality ad quantity of its research output.
Internationalization and Japanese research
Despite substantial investments in R&D, Japanese research output is not yielding the returns expected. In addition to having to dealing with a hierarchical educational system, Japanese researchers also lack opportunities and platforms for external collaboration. In the long run, international collaboration may hold the key to Japan's success in research.