Contributor: Monica Hoyos Flight

Monica Hoyos Flight ESMH contributorMonica Hoyos Flight is a freelance science communications consultant providing writing and editing services to researchers, research organisations and publishing companies. She has a PhD in neuroscience and extensive experience as an editor for Springer Nature journals and science communications manager at the University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in writing about the translation of research and emerging technologies into societally useful products and services.

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‘Predatory’ publications put pressure on the integrity of scientific literature

Over two million scientific papers are published every year worldwide. Faced with the pressure to 'publish or perish', researchers can be tempted by journals that charge low publication fees and publish articles of dubious quality. The scale of these 'predatory publication practices' and 'predatory publication journals' is global and can have far-reaching consequences, as such ...

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with David Moher on predatory journals

Professor David Moher, Director of the Canadian Centre for Journalology, a centre that conducts research on publication practices, speaks about the, in his words, "perverse incentives in academia to publish", and about the impact of less trustworthy sources of scientific information on policy. How would you define a ‘predatory journal'? David Moher: In 2019, over ...

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with Ivan Oransky on the perils of scientific publishing

Medical writer Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the blog Retraction Watch and Editor-in-Chief of the autism research news website Spectrum, speaks about the difficulties of assessing the quality of peer review and of retraction, the process of publication withdrawal of articles that display flawed or erroneous data. He offers advice for non-specialist readers of scientific literature. ...

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Lara Clements interview: How has Covid-19 affected people’s trust in science?

Exclusive interview: Lara Clements on the latest Wellcome Global Monitor report, the world's largest study into how people think and feel about science.

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with Elizabeth Lee on short-term forecasting and longer-term scenario modelling in the pandemic

European experts are working closely together with their American counterparts on calculating future scenarios for Covid-19. One of them is Elizabeth Lee, an epidemiologist specialised in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been participating in the US ‘COVID-19 Forecast Hub’ as well as the US-focused ‘COVID-19 Scenario Modeling ...

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Covid-19: Keeping a close eye on the models

As many European countries start to relax Covid-19 restrictions and reopen to foreign visitors whilst still rolling out vaccination programmes, it is more important than ever to stay one step ahead of the virus by accurately monitoring cases and predicting outbreaks.

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with Helen Johnson on using mathematical models to forecast disease outbreaks

Helen Johnson, mathematical modeller at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), explains how modelling teams around the world are working together to develop accurate and timely predictions of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Europe. These forecasts have become an invaluable tool for making public health decisions. How did the European forecast hub ...

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Professor Heidi Larson: “This is a key moment to build trust in countries and socio-economic groups with relatively low confidence in vaccines.”

For over a decade, Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been leading global efforts to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes. As COVID-19 vaccination programmes are rolled out across the EU, this is a key moment to build trust in countries and ...