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Suddenly famous: a virus and the media

Suddenly famous: a virus and the media

Science journalists find experts, deal with new developments intensively, do fact-checking, analyse data and communicate knowledge to the public. All of this has been important in the past weeks and may lead to a difference in the future, says our author Juliane Meißner.

The Science Must Go On

The Science Must Go On

In this opinion-piece Katharina C. Cramer discusses the impact of the Corona-Crisis on large scale research infrastructures and their limits of performance in the current situation.

Not back to normal

Not back to normal

After his interview with Elephant in the Lab on 22 March 2020, Wander Jager develops his thoughts on the time after the COVID-19 pandemic

The Need for an African Lightsource

The Need for an African Lightsource

Setting up new infrastructures would play an important role in preventing best-trained African researchers from emigrating. The physicist Prosper Ngabonziza states that having a synchrotron light source would be very beneficial for the continent as a whole.

A groundbreaking DEAL?

A groundbreaking DEAL?

Marcel Knöchelmann takes a look on the DEAL-Wiley Agreement, details of the contract reveal that this new big deal may come at a high cost.

Open Science in Africa

Open Science in Africa

Justin Ahinon and Jo Havemann (both founders of AfricArXiv) talk in this article about the development of Open Science Services in Africa, initiatives, the current situation and chances in the future.

Decentralizing Science

Decentralizing Science

The case for decentralized, trusted platforms for the dissemination of scientific information and attribution.

Putting data before the carrot

Putting data before the carrot

Self-citations and academic assessments: Including the s-index as an additional metric thus provides important context to guide decisions based on academic value.