The push for open science is accelerating in academia, as big institutions insist on better access to publicly funded research. Meanwhile, in Europe, consortiums of institutions have struck deals with big publishers, making concrete steps towards making open access a reality.
The debate over Journal Impact Factor (IF) rages on, with no end in sight. Most scientists and experts agree that it is a flawed measurement of how good academic journals are. Yet it may be the best measure out there, and it continues to be broadly used across research and academia.
American CO2 emissions are currently on track to fall just 15% below 2005 levels by 2025—not nearly enough to address our climate crisis or meet the 2015 Paris Agreement commitments. Climate change is on track to create hundreds of millions of refugees by 2050, while making agriculture untenable in equatorial regions and wiping out most of the life on the planet.