Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp urges Poch to play ‘good boy’ Eriksen

first_imgHARRY Redknapp has urged Mauricio Pochettino to play wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen while the Dane is still at the club.The former Spurs boss described Eriksen as a “good boy” – and believes that the 27-year-old will give his all for the team while he’s still with them.1 Eriksen has been on the bench for two of Spurs’ opening three gamesCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe former Ajax youngster has made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid .But Redknapp told talkSPORT: “Without Dele Alli, Eriksen is the only player Spurs have got who can make that final pass. Why was he on the bench?”I know he wants to go, but while he’s there I’d still be looking to play him to win games.”If there is a problem with him, why bring him on, just because you’re in trouble?”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe 72-year-old likened it to when he managed Luka Modric at White Hart Lane.He added: “I had the same problem with Luka Modric when Chelsea came in for him, but he still played.”Even though Chelsea were offering to double his money, he got on with it. He stayed, played and was fantastic.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearEriksen has been linked with a move away from Tottenham all summer – having just one year remaining on his Spurs contract – and the creative maestro’s agent’s relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has allegedly completely broken down.Levy is desperate to tie one of his prized assets down to a new £200k-a-week deal, but has been snubbed on several occasions.Tottenham face fierce North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday – with the European transfer deadline looming just a day later. Christian Eriksen will only quit Tottenham for Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus… with last-gasp £60m bid expectedlast_img read more

Nature to let potential authors try a doubleblind date

first_imgThe marquee research journal Nature and almost all of its sister publications this week announced that they will offer authors the option of participating in double-blind peer review, where both submitters and referees remain anonymous. The practice, which is common among humanities journals, has long been debated in the sciences, and several journals have recently taken the plunge. Some observers, however, remain skeptical of the value of double-blind systems and note that other journals are heading toward greater transparency.Traditionally, scientific journals have adhered to a single-blind system, in which authors don’t know the identity of those reviewing their paper. But that system has led to concerns that it may contribute to bias against some authors, including women, minorities, and those from less prestigious institutions. In the last decade, publishers have tried to address those concerns by introducing various tweaks to the reviewing process.Nature Publishing Group (NPG) began testing the double-blind system with Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience in May 2013, after an author survey indicated significant interest in the model. “We’re here to serve the needs of the research community, and it’s become increasingly clear that they want to have the option … to choose double-blind peer review,” said Véronique Kiermer, director of author and reviewer services at NPG. 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Countrycenter_img “The trial in Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience gave us plenty to be confident about,” she says, but notes the option of complete anonymity will be “an ongoing experiment.” NPG “may find that different disciplines react in different ways,” she says, “and as practices evolve in the future, we will want to evolve with them.”Editors at other journals, including Science (publisher of ScienceInsider), are watching the experiment at Nature and elsewhere, but haven’t made the jump. In part, that’s because some have concluded that it would be hard to prevent reviewers from correctly guessing who authors are, particularly in small fields. Some reviewers can predict authorship by looking closely at a paper’s references; authors often build on their previous work and thus cite themselves extensively.“With double-blind, the inevitable guessing game will begin of reviewers trying to guess which group authored the research,” wrote Marcia McNutt, editor-in-chief of Science, in an e-mail. One upside to switching to a double-blind system, she notes, could be a lower number of self-citations (which are often frowned upon by journal editors). And she adds that “it will certainly be important to determine if double-blind improves … equality for women authors in the process.”“There is pretty good evidence for various biases in the way that articles are perceived by reviewers … and double-blind review is one possible way to avoid, or at least mitigate, these biases,” says Michael Eisen, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-founder of the nonprofit open-access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS). But, so far, PLOS has concluded that it is too difficult to mask authors’ identities in fields such as biomedicine, he says.César Hidalgo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge is skeptical of anonymity in peer review. “Unblinded reviews,” he says, are better “because they equalize the power between the author and the reviewer.”To address such concerns, some publishers are moving to highly transparent reviewing systems, in which both authors and reviewers are identified. And a few journals, such as F1000 Research, go even further by publishing referee comments alongside a paper and making the comments searchable and citable. The idea is to give referees, who generally work for free, some public credit for their efforts. But critics of open peer review fear it can also cause image-conscious reviewers to be less critical.Publicly recognizing reviewers won’t be possible in Nature’s system, but Kiermer notes that, “at the moment, reviewers can obtain a certificate of their reviewing activity for Nature journals.” And the publisher is continuing “to consider some form of open review as an option for the future, in response to author and reviewer feedback,” Kiermer says. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more