Registered Reports: A Q&A with Chief Editor of Nature Human Behaviour

To help us understand more about registered reports and their role in the peer review process, we invited Chief Editor of Nature Human Behaviour, Stavroula Kousta to answer few of our burning questions. What exactly are Registered Reports?Registered Reports are an innovative article format that shift the emphasis from the results of research to the significance of the research question and the rigour of the methods. With Registered Reports, peer review happens in two stages: in the first stage, before any data collection or analysis has taken place, reviewers evaluate the significance and robustness of the research protocol, which consists … Read more…

Data Sharing Made Easy

Good data sharing can make research more productive, more likely to be cited, and unlock innovation for the good of society. Our free white paper, based on surveys of more than 11,000 researchers internationally, identifies key challenges in data management and data sharing. Data sharing is increasing: more than 64% of researchers in a 2018 survey said they made their data openly available.The majority of researchers see data sharing as important: across three surveys, when asked about the importance of making data discoverable, researchers gave an average rating of 7.5 out of 10.Data sharing and planning is currently suboptimal: The … Read more…

The Approaching Horizon of Research Data in Europe and Beyond

Research data

Last month the 14th Academic Publishing Conference in Europe was held in Berlin, Germany.  Grace Baynes, Vice President of Data and New Product Development at Springer Nature, was there to provide insights on research data and make a compelling case on why openly sharing those data is valuable. Her talk focused on researchers’ attitudes and the challenges globally that will affect access to research data in the future. New mandates and policies in Europe that support greater access to research data, are evidence that the value of research data, both financially and in the way open data accelerates the speed … Read more…

Love Data Week 2019: Our Top 5 Articles on Data Topics

We’re celebrating Love Data Week 2019 all week long! This year’s theme is data in everyday life and to that end, we are bringing you some of the most popular articles published in Springer Nature’s Research Data Community, exploring data topics that help advance our knowledge of the world, from social media data for urban sustainability to the tricks of evolving large brains. Take a read below! 1. Social Media Data for Urban Sustainability Transitioning complex social-ecological-technological urban systems to sustainability is a fundamental challenge for governments, scientists, and practitioners in the 21st century. At the same time increasingly ubiquitous big … Read more…

The Evolution of Peer Review and the Role of Editors: Thoughts from Nature Communications’ Editor in Chief

Peer Review

To help us understand more about peer review, the role that editors play, and how accountability and transparency promote ethics and integrity in the process, we invited Nature Communications’ Editor in Chief, Elisa De Ranieri, to share her thoughts with us. How has the peer review process evolved over time? Peer review as the main vehicle for assessing the integrity of research output is a less established practice than commonly thought – for example, it was only in the 1970’s that it became the norm at Nature. In any case, it is now a cornerstone of scientific publishing and as … Read more…