According to an analysis published in BMC Medicine, scientists worldwide spent approximately $230 million in 2021 on reformatting papers for biomedical journals,. The authors propose that journals should allow free-format submissions to save researchers’ time and money. Inconsistencies between journals’ guidelines, such as graphical abstracts and section arrangements, force researchers to redo their manuscripts. Although some journals don’t reject non-compliant submissions, there is implicit pressure to follow guidelines. This burden disproportionately affects early-career researchers. If journal practices remain unchanged, reformatting could cost researchers around $2.5 billion in time between 2022 and 2030. The authors recommend a “golden-middle” solution, allowing structural requirements but no specific formatting demands.
This approach recognizes that everyone is unique and has different nutritional needs and preferences. Contrast this with the ‘one size fits all’ approach, which assumes that a single set of dietary guidelines is suitable for everyone. However, people have diverse lifestyles, metabolic rates, and health goals, making a personalized approach more effective. By customizing nutrition […]
Bacteria are often thought of as single-celled organisms, but some species, like Myxococcus xanthus, can work together to form complex colonies. These colonies are able to move collectively and hunt and kill other bacteria. A new study published in Nature Communications has shed light on how Myxococcus xanthus uses two different motility mechanisms to achieve […]
Zinc oxide nanocrystals are a promising new material that could be used to make spray-on electronic components for ultra-thin, lightweight, and bendable displays and devices. The material is versatile and can be incorporated into many components of future technologies including mobile phones and computers. Researchers at RMIT University in Australia have reviewed production strategies, capabilities, […]