In a comment on a recent post, Jamie Christie asked me to list my top ten sites on research policy. I thought this would be a difficult task; the best sites will vary depending on your particular interests, and some sites are important but not frequently updated. But as I looked through my list I could easily spot which sites I tend to rely on.
- Nature news and comment – they used to have a number of separate newsfeeds and blogs but I think this is their main site.
- Science News – it includes content from both Science Now and Science Insider.
- Times Higher – it is mainly weekly, but does have more frequent updates to the breaking news section. Good for general academic issues.
- Royal Society and their policy blog In verbaRCUK (plus individual RCs pages, depending on your interests).
- Cordis – I thought the EU should be in there, but actually the sites I look at rarely have much of interest so I feel bad about including any of them. This is probably the least bad.
- Science Business – a very good site on science in industry and science funding.
- Research Blogs (was called Exquisite Life) – always incisive commentary.
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – while this is not very focused on science, when it does have something on science it will be important.
- CaSE – very often has something of interest, and usually has a response to any major announcement.
- Wellcome Trust – mostly biomedical, but also has good material on broader research governance issues and public engagement.
- BBC science – news more than policy, but it’s a good catch-all.
- Guardian Science- again mostly news, but some of the comment is free pieces are good.
Another site cropped up this week that might be worth watching: Purse String Theory. It aims to cover science policy and funding.
Of course I could just have said “Twitter” – that’s the only site you need. There is something to be said for that point of view. There are a number of Twitter lists for science policy. Here are some that look useful.