Everything Hertz

Methodology, scientific life, and bad language.

About the show

Methodology, scientific life, and bad language. Co-hosted by Dr. Dan Quintana (University of Oslo) and Dr. James Heathers (Cipher Skin)

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  • 161: The memo (with Brian Nosek)

    September 12th, 2022  |  47 mins 58 secs

    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.

  • 160: Whistleblowing

    August 31st, 2022  |  50 mins 40 secs

    Dan and James share ten rules for whistleblowing academic misconduct.

  • 159: Peer review isn't working (with Saloni Dattani)

    August 15th, 2022  |  51 mins 35 secs

    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.

  • 158: Word limits

    August 1st, 2022  |  45 mins 11 secs

    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

  • 157: Limitations

    July 11th, 2022  |  46 mins 46 secs

    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.

  • 156: Looking for seeders

    June 21st, 2022  |  50 mins 57 secs

    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.

  • 155: Don't you know who I am?

    May 30th, 2022  |  46 mins 20 secs

    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.

  • 154: When the evidence is constructed around the narrative

    May 9th, 2022  |  51 mins 14 secs

    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

  • 153: Shame shame shame

    April 18th, 2022  |  47 mins 19 secs

    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

  • 152: Sorry Not Sorry

    April 4th, 2022  |  55 mins 46 secs

    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

  • 151: The dirty dozen

    March 21st, 2022  |  39 mins 53 secs

    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.

  • 150: Why can't you do nothing?

    February 28th, 2022  |  52 mins 33 secs

    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

  • 149: Medical misinformation (with Rohin Francis)

    February 14th, 2022  |  56 mins 48 secs

    Dan and James chat with cardiologist Rohin Francis about medical misinformation and how he uses YouTube for science communication

  • 148: Academic reference letters

    January 31st, 2022  |  51 mins 47 secs

    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.

  • 147: The $7000 golden ticket

    January 17th, 2022  |  54 mins 27 secs

    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 from New Science

  • 146: Skills pay bills

    December 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins

    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