Research

Blog posts and resources relating to research methods in the social sciences. To start a new discussion on methods, visit the forum via the above link.

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Can Twitter Serve as a Tripwire for Problematic Research?

Robin Haunschild and Lutz Bornmann discuss their recent findings on how retracted papers were talked about on the social media platform Twitter and how this can be mapped onto the eventual retraction notices of these articles.

2 months ago
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SAGE Concept Grant Winners Announced

SAGE Publishing, the parent of Social Science Space, has awarded grants totaling £25,000 to enable the development of six new software tools for social science researchers.

3 months ago
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Watch the Webinar: Doing Research Online

MethodSpace’s own Janet Salmons talks one-on-one with the Luke Sloan of the University of Cardiff on their various approaches to conducting research digitally and at a remove from the subjects, often through social media.

5 months ago
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Can We Encourage Public Self-Correction in the Scientific Record?

Correcting mistakes in light of new data and updating findings to reflect this is often considered to be a key characteristic of scientific research. Commenting on the ‘Loss-of-Confidence Project’, a study into self-correction amongst psychologists, Julia M. Rohrer, suggests that in practice self-correction of published research is, infrequent, difficult to achieve and perceived to come with reputational costs. However, by reframing and changing the static nature of academic publications, it may be possible to develop a research culture more conducive to self-correction.

7 months ago
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