Recently read: Sexist Peer Review; Non-replicable Science; and Flexible Job Searches

Student consulting dictionary and writing on notebook

In case you missed them, here are some interesting academic news and posts from last week. Some topics I cover in this post include: (a) Can you get away with sexist remarks in peer review? (b) Is it really a problem if no-one can reproduce your research findings? and (c) what does it take to find a …

Recently read: Are there limits to what one can talk about?

University Administration Building, Notre Dame (Inside view)

Much of my online reading this week focused on the question of freedom of speech, and whether there should be qualifications to this right. This was prompted by the Counter-Terrorism and Security bill, which attempts to regulate speech at universities (You can read more about this in the first section of this post). But as I …

Recently read: UK lecturers in the Greek government; open peer review; and Harry Potter marketing

Stockholm Public Library (interior view)

This week's collection of stories, articles and blog posts about higher education, looks into topics ranging from the influence of British universities on Greek politics to the influence of Harry Potter novels on higher education marketing. Some of the topics raised include: What has been the role of UK-educated economists in shaping the policies of the current …

Recently read: Paying for peer review; Nobel laureates on Raif Badawi; & dealing with retractions

University Administration Building, Notre Dame (Inside view)

In this week's collection of articles, I would like to invite you to reflect on the following questions: Should peer-reviewers be compensated for their efforts? Should authors pay for this compensation? There's a new Open Access journal that promises to do just that. What is the role of academics in repressive regimes? A group of …