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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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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.


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.


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.


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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Understanding the Foundations of Customer Engagement

Since it appeared in the Journal of Service Research a decade ago, the paper “Customer Engagement Behavior: Theoretical Foundations and Research Directions” has ben cited in other academic papers more than 1,300 times.


Paths from a PhD to the Private Sector

The impact of the pandemic on all sectors is only beginning to emerge and given the need for greater flexibility, […]

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Universities Are More than Their Score in Rankings Tables

Lizzie Gadd argues that any commitment to responsible research assessment needs to include action on global university rankings. She argues universities should unite around the principle of being ‘much more than their rank.’


Why Social Science? Leaders Need to Know How to Lead with Evidence

Being bad at math can kill people. Even experts who should understand medical science and help us make good health […]

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Why Social Science? Understanding How We Talk about Asian Americans

Just over two months ago, a white male entered three Asian-owned spas in the Atlanta area, and in the ensuing […]

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Eleanor Bernert Sheldon, 1920-2021: Pioneer in Social Indicators Movement

Eleanor Bernert Sheldon, a pioneer in the use of social indicators as an important tool of social science, died on May 8 at the age of 101.

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Ronald Inglehart, 1934-2021: Founder of the World Values Survey

Ron Inglehart, a political scientist whose work on surveying values around the world set new and higher bars on what such studies could achieve, has died at age 86.

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Writing Scholarly Articles That Get Cited More Than the Competition

When readers — even academic readers — do not understand an article, they are unlikely to read it, much less absorb it, share it and be influenced by its ideas.


Impact Looks Different Across Disciplines So Let’s Acknowledge That

Drawing on a linguistic analysis of REF Impact statements from 2014, Andrea Bonaccorsi, highlights key differences between statements being made by scholars in STEM and SSH disciplines and suggests differences in the causality of impact between the disciplines warrant a reconsideration of how these statements are produced and judged.


Status List of 2021 Social and Behavioral Science Conferences

Amid the ongoing pandemic, venues and events around the world are slowly reopening while others continue to remain online. Conferences […]


Event: The Future of Open Science: The Need to Change Culture to Change Science

Join the American Psychological Association for a free webinar on April 26, 2021. Improvements in the openness, rigor, and reproducibility […]


Returning Absentee Ballots during the 2020 Election – A Surprise Ending?

One of the most heavily contested voting-policy issues in the 2020 election, in both the courts and the political arena, […]


Event: An Earth-Friendly Political Economy

On April 28, 2021, join the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in partnership with the Hewlett […]

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