NSF remains closed due to the partial US federal government shutdown, but continues to accept proposals in accordance with published deadlines. More information from the NSF website. Hope that this is resolved soon, not least so that the employees of NSF and other shuttered agencies can get paid.
How often do papers in the leading journals in every scholarly field cite, and get cited by, papers in the others? Here’s the answer in the form of an addictive interactive map. I was struck by how some EEB journals cite and are cited by journals in various other fields (e.g., Am Nat), but others are connected almost exclusively to other ecology journals (e.g., Functional Ecology, JAE).
A nice graph of data on the gender balance of US PhDs awarded in 2016-17, by broadly-defined field. These data were familiar to me, and I’m guessing to most of you, but in case you’re interested I wanted to pass them along. The striking thing about these data to me is the heterogeneity among fields. The only broad fields in which recently-awarded PhDs are approximately gender-balanced are biological sciences, arts & humanities, and business. Everything else is either quite male-skewed (engineering, physical and earth sciences, mathematics), or quite female-skewed (health sciences, social & behavioral sciences, public administration, education).
Data on average class size as an example of selection effects.