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This collection of articles highlights the of social and behavioral science research, and interrogates the metrics by which this impact is measured.

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How Metrics Affect Peer Review for Academic Jobs and Grants

The aim of peer review for research grants and academic hiring boards is to provide expert independent judgement on the quality of research proposals and candidates. Based on findings from a recent survey, Liv Langfeldt, Dag W. Aksnes and Ingvild Reymert, find metrics continue to play a significant role in shaping these decisions, especially for reviewers who are highly ranked themselves.

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Work from Female Researchers Is Less Cited. But It’s Read More. Why?

The gender gap in citations between male and female researchers is well documented. Lin Zhang and Gunnar Sivertsen find that while papers authored by female researchers are less cited, they are more frequently engaged with by readers.

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What’s Wrong with Writing and Publishing Interesting Academic Articles?

Novelty is fine in management – and other social science – as long as that’s not the only thing driving the research.

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Keeping an Eye on Who We Cite – and Who We Don’t

“Make sure you’re not only citing white guys!” That was the unmistakable takeaway Wednesday as Deen Freelon discussed his research into citation inequities in the social sciences.

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Political Scientist James C. Scott Receives A.SK Social Science Award

American political scientist James C. Scott today receives the 2021 A.SK Social Science Award from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. The award, donated by Chinese entrepreneurs Angela and Shu Kai Chan, is one of the world’s largest awards in the social sciences

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Social Scientists Should Take a Gander at Golden Goose Award

Every year since 2012 a collection of American science associations hand out Golden Goose Awards to federally funded science that […]

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Who Gets to Be Part of the Social Science Canon?

Drawing on a quantitative study of sociologists in the 20th century, Nicole Holzhauser argues that not only the content of scientific work, but also social capital has historically played a significant role in allocating recognition and power.

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Why Social Science? Because Vaccination is a Human—Not Technical—Process

Leveraging the sociocultural dimensions of health knowledge, not a technical focus, is what will move the needle on vaccine uptake.

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New Report Offers Roadmap for Impactful Business School Research

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has released, “Research That Matters: An Action Plan for Creating Business School Research That Positively Impacts Society.”

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Getting a Handle on Both Societal and Scientific Impact

In this post, Jorrit Smit and Laurens Hessels, draw on a recent analysis of different impact evaluation tools to explore how they constitute and direct conceptions of research impact. Finding a common separation between evaluation focused on scientific and societal impact, they suggest bridging this divide may prove beneficial to producing research that has public value, rather than research that achieves particular metrics.

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Nobelist David Card Made the Minimum Wage Respectable

This year’s Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to Canadian -born but US-based economist David Card for his work with Alan Krueger in reversing the perception that raising the minimum wage inevitably reduces the number of jobs.

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NAS Creates Council to Address Research Integrity and Trust

A new blue-ribbon council convened by the United States’ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine aims to tackle questions about nettlesome issues like conflict of interest, measuring impact and handling retractions.

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Connecting Research to Policy is Hard. Must Academics Do It on Their Own?

Jenny Bird discusses five reasons that make it difficult for individual academics to engage in the policymaking process and suggests that dedicated policy units present an important mechanism for supporting both learning about and increasing the impact of academic research on policy.

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Recalling the Founding of the ‘Journal of Black Studies’ a Half Century Ago

A few months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, two Black social scientists in Southern California approached a fledgling academic publisher with a unique proposition: let us launch a journal for another fledgling — the discipline of Black studies.

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Marian Wright Edelman to Receive 2022 Moyhnihan Prize

Children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, the founder or the Children’s Defense Fund and its leader for four decades, will receive the 2022 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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Webinar: Measuring Societal Impact in Business Research: From Challenges to Change

Listen to SAGE’s webinar on new ways we can look at and measure the societal impact of research within Business […]

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With COVID and Climate Change Showing Social Science’s Value, Why Cut it Now?

What are the three biggest challenges Australia faces in the next five to ten years? What role will the social sciences play in resolving these challenges? The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia asked these questions in a discussion paper earlier this year. The backdrop to this review is cuts to social science disciplines around the country, with teaching taking priority over research.

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Librarian Pilots the Path Linking Open Scholarship and Impact

The Association of Research Libraries has named North Carolina State open knowledge librarian to head a pilot program, Accelerating the Social Impact of Research.

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Albert Bandura, 1925-2021: The Social Psychologist Who Transformed How We Think of Learning and Morality

Albert Bandura, a renowned social cognitive psychologist most well-known for his Bobo doll experiments studying aggression, died on July 26 at the age of 95.

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Geert Hofstede, 1928-2020: The Engineer of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Twenty years ago the second edition of one of the more influential books in social science, Geert Hofstede’s Culture’s Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations, appeared.

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Business & Management Impact: Free Resources Page

SAGE has launched a new webpage, Business & Management Impact, with a range of free resources for researchers, instructors, students, […]

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Does Research Being in a Review Article Cannibalize Your Citations?

Review papers play a significant role in curating the scholarly record. Drawing on a study of close to six million research articles, Peter McMahan, shows how review papers not only focus and shift attention onto particular papers, but also serve to shape entire research domains by linking them together and outlining core concepts. As such, the constitutive role of review papers and those who write them warrant further attention.

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Online Teaching, Campus Design Upgrades and Institutional Changes

The times they are a-changin’ for higher education. Or so say a growing number of commentators. They see COVID-19 disruptions […]

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Award Recipient Promotes Archives-Centered Educational Opportunities

The ALA’s Marta Lange Award this year goes to Jill Severn based on her work creating the Special Collections Faculty Fellowship Program at the University of Georgia’s Russell Library, which the committee sees as “a wonderful model for how archival collections can be introduced into political science education.”

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Three Social and Behavioral Scientists Discuss the ‘Real-World’ Impact of Their Research

In a series of videos, three researchers discuss the “real-world” impact of their findings.

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