The international journal Biophysical Chemistry has joined the large group of journals that publishes original work on the functional properties of macromolecules including enzymes and that recommends their authors to refer to the STRENDA Guidelines when reporting enzyme kinetic data.
Congratulations to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa on winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 for their groundbreaking research on molecular machines. Fraser Stoddart is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. Both he and Ben Feringa were invited speakers at previous Beilstein Symposia (Beilstein Bozen Symposium 2010, Beilstein Organic Chemistry Symposium 2014).
„The number of articles retracted is increasing faster than the rate at which the literature is growing” says Irene Hames in the latest issue of the Beilstein Magazine. What are the reasons for this situation? Is the pressure on science researchers that strong that their competition for funding, position and reputation necessarily leads to science misconduct and errors? How can this challenge addressed by editorial processes of the journals? The journals, after all, are the messengers of science information but wrong information can result in a damage of public’s perception of the reliability of research. See what Irene suggests to ensure research integrity.
The Hessian Student Academy for Middle School is supported by the Beilstein-Institut since its beginning in 2011. At this year’s guest afternoon, about 60 students presented the results of their work over the past ten days.
Last Monday (20 June 2016) the Beilstein Scholars visited Merck in Darmstadt and returned full of new impressions.
Outcome of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) meeting, Brussels, 26 and 27 May 2016: Member states agreed to common goals on open science and to pursue concerted actions together with the Commission and stakeholders. Delegations committed to open access to scientific publications as the option by default by 2020 and to the best possible re-use of research data as a way to accelerate the transition towards an open science system. They agreed that the transition to open science requires support from stakeholders, especially researchers. Member states must be also actively involved, including in the work of the Open Science Policy Platform.