Month: August 2018

Free the Data to Move Towards Open Science

A survey of environmental research shows only 26 percent of the projects made their data accessible, despite data-sharing requirements from funders. In this commentary, lead author Jessica Couture urges data sharing for open science.

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SSRC Offers Social Media and Democracy Research Grants

The Social Science Research Council’s Social Data Initiative, which aims to provide the social science research community with secure, reliable access to proprietary social media data, is seeking the first requests for proposals for its Social Media and Democracy Research Grants competition in collaboration with Social Science One.

2 years ago
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How to Annoy Your Survey Participants in Six Easy Steps

Journalism professor Vince Filak opted to be a nice guy and answer a quick survey from a university he’d once attended. ‘I’m not sure how much help I was to the people who put the survey out,’ he says, ‘but given the various problems I had with this survey, I’m hoping I can help you all learn how to avoid what went wrong for them.’

2 years ago
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How Do I Get Published? Five Tips to Successfully Publish an Academic Paper

Standards are high and getting an academic article published is not easy, but there are certain things you can do to improve your success rate. A member of the SAGE Journals Author Relations team — SAGE is the parent of Social Science Space — offers five tips on the smartest way to navigate these challenges.

2 years ago
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Microsite Offers Research on Big Data Research

In the latest of its monthly series of interdisciplinary microsites addressing important public issues, SAGE Publishing is offering free access to a suite academic articles that focus on research about big data through November 15.

2 years ago
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Africa Takes Steps in Using Evidence to Inform Policy

Africa has a real challenge when it comes to using academic research and evidence to design policies. “The problem is twofold,” says author Ruth Stewart, “policymakers sometimes don’t call on available research, while for their part academics don’t know how to engage with policymakers.” But this isn’t stopping the continent from taking strides in the right direction.

2 years ago
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Achieving Impact for Early-Career Researchers

For many early-career researchers, the practicalities of how to successfully influence policy processes can be elusive, causing problems. Megan Evans and Chris Cvitanovic provide some practical tips and suggestions that can help to empower ECRs to create their own pathways to impact that best suit their individual goals, circumstances, interests, and strengths.

2 years ago
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An Ethical Approach to an Ethical Dilemma

Regardless of whether human nature is “good” or “evil,” studies do show that we, the consumers, want corporations to care and invest deeply in social issues. With the growth of “corporate social responsibility”, comes increased public scrutiny, requiring companies to live up to public standards- which isn’t a bad thing.

2 years ago
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Social Media in Brazil: Distilling Racism Against Black Women

Rather than a ‘racial democracy,’ racism and prejudice against black people and women in particular, remains strong in the minds of many Brazilians. Using his policy brief as ammunition, Dr. Luiz Valerio argues that social media platforms play an important role in the dissemination and reinforcement of such ideologies and offers recommendations that should not be overlooked.

2 years ago
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Funding for Basic Research has Future Payoffs

Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it’s very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn’t have imagined.

2 years ago
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