Special Issue | 04 October 2013Communication in Science: Pressures and Predators

Science's Special Issue on Communication in Science: Pressures and Predators includes free news and reviews on the lack of scrutiny at open-access journals, the rarity of published negative studies, and publishing sensitive data.

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Improving Scientific Communication

As scientific publishing has become a growth industry, the standards for scientific communication are slipping. The science community must explore new ways to improve upon them.

The Rise of Open Access

The accelerating pace of scientific publishing and the rise of open access, as depicted by xkcd.com cartoonist Randall Munroe.

How Much Science is There?

A new paper is published roughly every 20 seconds.


The Seer of Science Publishing

Vitek Tracz was ahead of the pack on open access. Now he wants to rewrite the rules of peer review.

The Power of Negative Thinking

Gaining ground in the ongoing struggle to coax researchers to share negative results.

Hey, You’ve Got to Hide Your Work Away

Debate is simmering over how and when to publish sensitive data.

Cloak-and-Dagger Publishing

Classified journals aim to solve a thorny problem: how to rigorously peer review and share sensitive government-funded findings that officials don’t want sent to regular journals.

Lock Up the Genome, Lock Down Research?

Researchers say that gene patents impede data sharing and innovation; patent lawyers say there’s no evidence for this.

The Annual Meeting: Improving What Isn’t Broken

Annual meetings are moneymakers for most scientific societies, and scientists continue to flock to them. But as the world changes, how long can the status quo hold?

Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?

A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.

Interactive Map

A journal’s publisher, editor, and bank account are often continents apart.


What’s Lost When a Meeting Goes Virtual

This summer, NASA’s Lunar Science Forum became the largest scientific gathering to embrace the new world of cyber meetings. The experience drew mixed reviews.

Meetings That Flatter, but May Not Deliver

“Predatory” conferences—meetings, sometimes sparsely attended, that seem to come into being primarily to make money—have become a cottage industry in scientific communication.

Great Presenters: Lighting Up the Auditorium

Bonnie Bassler and Larry Smarr have a gift for enthralling audiences. They share advice on how to make powerful public presentations.

TED Video

How bacterial can communicate with one another through chemical signals.


Great Presenters: Gut Instinct

Bonnie Bassler and Larry Smarr have a gift for enthralling audiences. They share advice on how to make powerful public presentations.

TED Video

Can you coordinate the dance of your body's 100 trillion microorganisms?

Policy Forum

Scholarly Communication: Cultural Contexts, Evolving Models

Despite predictions that emerging technologies will transform how research is conducted, disseminated, and rewarded, why do we see so little actual shift in how scholars actually disseminate their research?

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