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By Social Science Space | Published: October 6, 2015
Sense About Science's Tracey Browne last week delivered ‘The Ugly Truth’ – an examination of “the need to encourage accountability and support scrutiny over research” to an audience of academics, researchers, policymakers and learned societies.
By Jeff Kingston | Published: October 5, 2015
Have japan's national universities been ordered -- or coerced -- into dismantling their humanities and social science programs or not? Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan walks us through an answer tangled up in patriotism, politics and the nation's ailing academy.
By SAGE | Published: October 5, 2015
Andrew Preston of Publons argues that while the academic community does "a pretty good job of peer reviewing," the process remains hampered by the 19th century technology used to manage the process.
By Howard J. Silver | Published: October 1, 2015
Although a U.S. government shutdown has apparently been kicked down the road just a little bit longer, but a potential new shutdown -- and its ruinous consequences for grant-funded science --always seems to be just around the corner.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: September 30, 2015
How interventions are designed matter as much as what they do. In that vein, Harvard researchers Erin Frey and Todd Rogers have identified four pathways through which behavior change interventions can achieve long-term impact.
By Virginia Barbour | Published: September 29, 2015
Peer review is a powerful tool for sussing out the truth, but it's not all-powerful. We also need to develop ways to reward scientists who do make their publications, data and methodology open for even greater scrutiny.
By Social Science Space | Published: September 29, 2015
Economist Heidi Williams and urban sociologist Matthew Desmond were among 24 academics and artists winning prestigious MacArthur grants today.
By David Rudrum | Published: September 29, 2015
A corporate anthropologist is told to write a report that will “name what’s taking place right now" and is “the First and Last Word on our age." And so we set the stage for what in turn David Rudrum argues is itself a zeitgeist-defining work.
By SAGE | Published: September 28, 2015
Peer Review Week begins today, a week to explore the role of peer review in addressing academic quality and rigor. Here, Sense About Science details why it feels it's important to explain peer review to the wider world.
By Social Science Bites | Published: September 28, 2015
'I think that happiness is better than a lot of what the ‘happiness industry’ represents it as,' Goldsmiths sociologist Will Davies tells interviewer David Edmonds in this Social Science Bites podcast.