Episodes
Published 09/12/22
Dan and James are joined by Brian Nosek (Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science) to discuss the recent White House Office of Science Technology & Policy memo ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research. They also cover the implications of this memo for scientific publishing, as well as the mechanics of culture change in science. Open Science Framework hits half a million users The White house memo Brian on Twitter Other...
Published 09/12/22
Dan and James share ten rules for whistleblowing academic misconduct. The Safe Faculty Project website SLAPP statues https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation Other links Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on Facebook Support us on Patreon and get bonus stuff! $1 per month: A 20% discount on Everything Hertz merchandise, access to the occasional bonus episode, and the...
Published 08/31/22
Dan and James are joined by Saloni Dattani for a chat about the history of peer review, a reimagination of what peer review could look like, what happens when you actually pay peer reviewers, peer reviewer specialisation, post publication peer review, annual paper limits for authors, automation in peer review, and Big Cheese. Links Works in Progress magazine One of the many news stories about the Jarsberg cheese study The actual study Saloni's peer review piece The F1000 format Our...
Published 08/15/22
By popular demand, Dan and James chat about journal word and page limits.They also the debate around a recent meta-analysis on nudge interventions. Links The PNAS nudge meta-analysis The response letter The paper on adjectives and adverbs in life sciences Other links Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on Facebook Support us on Patreon and get bonus stuff! $1 per month: A 20% discount on Everything...
Published 08/01/22
Dan and James discuss a new preprint that examined the types of limitations authors discuss in their published articles and whether these limitation types has changed over the past decade, especially in light of methodological reform efforts. Links The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden The limitations preprint by Beth Clarke and collegues Simine Vazire’s episode (also known as the one where Dan's wife starts going into labor) The heartbeat paper from Galvez-Pol and collegues Rand...
Published 07/11/22
Dan and James discuss a recent paper that concluded (again) that most researchers aren't compliant with their published data sharing statement and whether torrents (remember them?) are a viable alternative for sharing large datasets. Links The data request paper The paper Dan and James co-authored led by Julian Koenig Our episode with Henry Drysdale Our episode with Chris Chambers The meta-psychology journal Other links Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on...
Published 06/21/22
We chat about appeals to authority when responding to scientific critique, university ranking systems, Goodhart’s law (and its origin), and private institutional review boards. Links The history of Goodhart's law The original psychadelics paper in Nature Medicine The critique The response to the critique Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on Facebook Support us on Patreon and get bonus stuff! $1 per...
Published 05/30/22
We chat about the Theranos story and the parallels with academic research, as well as Twitter's new owner and whether academics will actually leave the platform Links Mastodon (the band) Elon Musk’s Onion article The Dropout podcast The Juicero Bad Blood: The Final Chapter podcast by John Carreyrou  "Macho Man" Randy Savage Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on Facebook Support us on Patreon and get...
Published 05/09/22
We discuss a journal's new "wall of shame" page, which details unethical behaviours in an effort to discourage future misconduct. We also cover scientific ideas that won't die (but one idea that HAS died), and ECNP's "negative data" prize The audio quality of this recording isn't up to our usual standards as we were both travelling and without our normal recording gear. We'll be back with our normal gear next episode! Links James’ letter to the editor/obituary on sympathovagal...
Published 04/18/22
James and Dan chat about apologies vs. non-apologies, how to decide when to call it quits on a paper, and governments vetoing research proposals recommended by their own funding agencies Links for stuff we mention The tweet from Chris Jackson that started it all Chris Jackson's Hertz episode on the cumulative advantage of academic capital The Science Diagrams that Look Like Shitposts twitter account Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz...
Published 04/04/22
Dan and James discuss a new preprint that details twelve p-hacking strategies and simulates their impact on false-positive rates. They also discuss the Great Resignation in academia and the academic job market. Links The twitter discussion on Associate editor pay kicked off by Eiko Fried The p-hacking paper from Angelika Stefan and Felix Schönbrodt The sample size preprint from Daniel Lakens Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on...
Published 03/21/22
We discuss the latest paper to seriously use the Kardashian index, which is the discrepancy between a scientist's publication record and social media following, and a listener question on whether original authors should get the last word when a comment on an article is submitted Links The paper on citation impact and social media visibility of Great Barrington and John Snow signatories for COVID-19 strategy The Rapid Responses comments on the paper The peer review reports for the...
Published 02/28/22
Dan and James chat with cardiologist Rohin Francis about medical misinformation and how he uses YouTube for science communication via his 'Medlife Crisis' channel. Links to stuff that was mentioned: Rohin's YouTube channel Rohin on Twitter Can you be so fit that you die video? Why does getting in the water want to make you pee video What is the stupidest nerve in the body video Can you legally buy a human skeleton video The Tibbies YouTube channel Up and atom YouTube Channel Belinda Carr...
Published 02/14/22
Dan and James chat about why academic reference letters are terrible, a recent position statement on preprints, and whether the "great resignation" is also happening in academia. Links to stuff that was mentioned: The tweet from Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau on acedemic reference letter The tweet from Gilad Feldman about the 100 references he's submitted in 2020 alone The AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP joint position statement paper on medical publications, preprints, and peer review, Everything Hertz on...
Published 01/31/22
We discuss the $7000 'accelerated publication' option for some Taylor & Francis journals that promises 3-5 week publication and a novel type of research fellowship. Details for the accelerated publication The New Science 2022 Summer Fellowship We have new merch! Use the discount code 'METAL' to get 20% off (valid until January 31st, 2022). Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on Facebook Support us on...
Published 01/17/22
We answer a series of questions from a listener on whether to start a PhD, what to ask potential supervisors, the financial perils of being a PhD student, the future of higher education, the importance of skills, what keeps us going, and more. Here are the specific questions that we answered in this episode (the background to these questions is shared in the episode): Would you have any advice on how I can even decide whether to commence a PhD? Are there any questions in particular...
Published 12/27/21
We discuss the results from the cancer biology reproducibility project, the inevitable comparisons with reproducibility in psychology, and authorship expectations for posting public datasets. Links The paper investigating the replicability of preclinical cancer biology The paper on the impact of alphabetical order on career outcomes in economics (whose authorship order are determinedby alphabetical order That human sports science paper that inlcluded a cranionotomy Everything Hertz...
Published 12/13/21
If your child asked you whether they should pursue a career in academia, what would you say? We discuss this question plus three more quick-fire topics: the death of expertise, memorable presentations, and including internships in more graduate programs Links Get a 30% discount on a Scite subscription for a year, just use the coupon code EVERYTHINGHERTZ via this link The “Remind me of this later” twitter bot The Chase, Chance, and Creativity book Everything Hertz on social...
Published 11/15/21
Dan and James discuss the differences between 'talk' and 'action' in scientific reform and why reforms are taking such a long time to be realised. They also chat about whether messy (but correct) code is worse than no code at all, and revisit the grad student who never said "no". Other links Get a 30% discount on a Scite subscription for a year, just use the coupon code EVERYTHINGHERTZ via this link James' blog post on why he loves preprints The grad student who never said "no"...
Published 11/01/21
In this live episode, Dan and James discuss red flags in academia, in terms of research fields, papers, and individuals. Thanks to everyone that participated in this live event! Links to stuff that was mentioned Get a 30% discount on a Scite subscription for a year, just use the coupon code EVERYTHINGHERTZ via this link The p-hacker app Burro racing on Wikipedia Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on twitter Everything Hertz on...
Published 10/18/21
We chat with Sakshi Ghai (University of Cambridge) about why we should diversify sample diversity and retire the Western, educated, rich, industrialized and democratic (WEIRD) dichotomy in the behavioral sciences Links to stuff we discuss: Sakshi's piece in Nature Human Behavior Many Labs 2 paper The ‘helicopter' research piece Joseph Heinrich’s recent book, The WEIRDest People in the World Everything Hertz on social media Dan on twitter James on twitter Everything Hertz on...
Published 10/04/21
James proposes that peer review reports should be published as their own citable objects, provided that the manuscript author thinks that the peer review report is of sufficient quality and the peer reviewers agree Other links and things we discuss An update on James’ start up job The American service industry Dan’s first outing since the pandemic started The villlage of Hell, in Norway The villiage of F*****g (now changed to Fugging) in Austria The Hertz long term archive on Open...
Published 09/20/21
We chat with Ashley Farley about her background as an academic librarian, the underrecognised importance of copyright in academic publishing, and her work as a Program Officer at the Gates Foundation An academic librarian’s perpsective on the importance of open reseasch The importance of copyright in research and what it means signing over your copyright The PDF crisis! What does a program officer at a grant funding organsiation do? Why should funding organisations care about open...
Published 09/06/21
We chat with Michele Avissar-Whiting about her role as the Editor-in-chief of the Research Square preprint platform and how she weighs up the benefits and costs of potentially problematic preprints during a pandemic. Notes, links, and stuff we cover: The Journal Ghoul reference in the intro Michele’s role as a the editor for a preprint server How Research Square works Weighing up the urgency of preprints vs. potential danger The preprint-to- hype pipeline The Scholarly Kitchen piece on...
Published 08/16/21