Month: May 2014

Eric Cantor

$50 Million SBE Cut Moves Forward to the Full House

bad news for NSF funded social science — one bill wants to strip $50 million from the Social, Behavioral and Economic Science directorate, while a promised appropriations amendment would hold next year’s funding to this year’s level.

5 years ago
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Statins

To Err Is Human, To Study Errors Is Science

The possible retraction of a high profile paper in the medical sciences offers a teachable moment about replication, peer review, cognitive bias and the beauty and beastliness that can be science.

5 years ago
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When Did Social Science Stop Being Worthy?

Social science and humanities spending by government is seen as a luxury by many. While there’s politics involved, some of that view likely follows from the yardsticks used to measure research value.

5 years ago
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Quantophrenia

Quantophrenia is Back in Town

Many social scientists find themselves members of a cult of quantification, argues Robert Dingwall, in love with numbers for their own sake even when those numbers produce no useful knowledge.

5 years ago
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Referencing References to Reduce Publication Errors

Every now and again a paper is published on the number of errors made in academic articles.  These papers document the frequency of conceptual errors, factual errors, errors in abstracts, errors in quotations, and errors in reference lists. James Hartley reports that the data are alarming, but suggests a possible way of reducing them. Perhaps in future there might be a single computer program that matches references in the text with correct (pre-stored) references as one writes the text.

5 years ago
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Impact crash

Is Maximizing the Impact of Research Desirable?

There is a push to demonstrate the impact of the social sciences, especially as political and funding authorities start viewing them through an immediate-payoff prism. But showing impact doesn’t always come at no cost.

5 years ago
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