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By Alister Scott | Published: August 22, 2014
Although this piece first posted at The Conversation was not intended as a response to Daniel Nehring's request for opinions about effect of ranking-mania on academic labor, Alister Scott's observations on the current state of British higher education do shine a light on one facet of the larger issues involved.
By Social Science Space | Published: August 20, 2014
What's the best for a professional association to build engagement from its members? For one thing, notes Mark Hager in an award-winning paper, you probably can put away the souvenir tote bags.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: August 20, 2014
Why does it matter whether you study or work at the sociology department that comes first, 12th or 89th in a ranking? Why does it matter whether the journal you publish in is included and ranked in a certain index, or not? Let us know your thoughts.
By Nick Shockey | Published: August 19, 2014
Nick Shockey highlights OpenCon, a conference to take place in November aimed at mobilizing support around open access, open educational resources and open data among early career researchers. Funding has been made available to cover travel to attend the conference in Washington, D.C. but the deadline is Monday.
By Brent E. Sasley and Mira Sucharov | Published: August 19, 2014
Social media allows scholars to discuss and debate current affairs like never before, but on a very public stage. Brent E. Sasley and Mira Sucharov examine and assess one academic’s tweets on the Israel-Gaza crisis and the questions raised over his style and approach.
By Social Science Space | Published: August 19, 2014
Parsing federal education statistics, it turns out that prospective social scientists are the most avid consumers of humanities courses as undergrads (not counting humanities majors themselves, that is).
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: August 19, 2014
A former U.S. surgeon general and four co-authors argue that the U.S. military's medically based ban on transgender troops fails on the facts and on the precedents of other populations in uniform.
By Seth Masket | Published: August 18, 2014
One black city council member is not nearly enough. In a study of city councils, only one place in America had a greater representational disparity than Ferguson, Missouri.
By Martin Rowley and James Hartley | Published: August 18, 2014
If you were to draw a 'scientist,' what would be the distinguishing features? Martin Rowley and James Hartley look at psychology studies which have evaluated children’s perceptions of scientists, all confirming stereotypical views of scientists as predominately white and male.
By Social Science Space | Published: August 15, 2014
Raising the drumbeat of alarm before a final European Parliament ruling later this year, a coalition of the continent’s research organizations have made explicit their opposition to new rules that they say would impede social science and medical research.