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Feb 22 2014
Impact Round-Up 22nd February: Channels of academic influence, visualisations and turning raw data into actionable knowledge.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. This week, there was much discussion around Nicholas Kristof’s plea in the New York Times, Professors, We Need … Continue reading
Posted by: February 22, 2014
Feb 20 2014
Engagement with academic research is thriving but more could be done to improve understanding of quantitative data.
Significant change has taken place in the UK and abroad in how academic knowledge is communicated, accessed and written, but persistent stereotypes of the unengaged, obscure professor are still widespread, evidenced most recently by last week’s New York Times article by … Continue reading
Posted by: February 20, 2014
Feb 15 2014
Impact Round-Up 15th February: In gratitude to Stuart Hall, #publishperish14 and the fallacy of web objectivity.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. In gratitude to Stuart Hall, a socialist intellectual who taught us to confront the political with a smile by … Continue reading
Posted by: February 15, 2014
Feb 12 2014
Improving on “Access to Research”: Restrictive access and licensing fail to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Major academic publishers have supported an initiative equipping public libraries with free access to a number of subscription journal articles. Cameron Neylon argues this Access to Research scheme is an empty political gesture that fails to meet the needs of the … Continue reading
Posted by: February 12, 2014
Feb 7 2014
Coventry University have devoted time, talent and resources to come up with an embedded management tool to help academics plan and capture the impact of their research. Julie Bayley discusses the lessons learnt through the process of creating a functional, … Continue reading
Posted by: February 7, 2014
Feb 5 2014
Why do academics choose useless titles for articles and chapters? Four steps to getting a better title.
An informative title for an article or chapter maximizes the likelihood that your audience correctly remembers enough about your arguments to re-discover what they are looking for. Without embedded cues, your work will sit undisturbed on other scholars’ PDF libraries, … Continue reading
Posted by: February 5, 2014
Feb 3 2014
The deliberate quest for causal explanations will reinvigorate social science’s relevance in mass media and policy
Daily news reports and journalistic coverage highlight the powerful traction of causality for our everyday understanding of events and phenomena. From the 2011 UK riots to traffic accidents, Kamila Pieczara argues social scientists offer a competitive advantage when it comes to … Continue reading
Posted by: February 3, 2014
Jan 31 2014
Proving public value can be an especially difficult task when high-profile cases of fraud in social science disciplines emerge. Rose McDermott makes the case for greater transparency in both the production and review of social science to restore the legitimacy … Continue reading
Posted by: January 31, 2014
Jan 30 2014
With four fifths of economic value-added found in services, the UK is now primarily a service economy. This is great news for social science disciplines who have demonstrated a strong influence in these industries. Whilst there are glimpses of optimism, … Continue reading
Posted by: January 30, 2014
Jan 29 2014
Social scientists provide valuable insight for the private sector into how people live and interact with technology.
Ahead of tonight’s panel discussion on Engaged Social Science: Impacts and Use of Research in the UK, panellist Jeff Patmore takes a look back at how social sciences have influenced his work in telecommunications over his years in the private sector. The … Continue reading
Posted by: January 29, 2014
Jan 26 2014
Achieving Impact in Research aims to address the importance of understanding and achieving impact for the purposes of gaining research funding and reporting achieved impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).The book includes contributions from researchers and researcher developers who feel … Continue reading
Posted by: January 26, 2014
Jan 20 2014
The Impact of the Social Sciences research book is out this week! Browse the living bibliography, data visualisations and other resources.
The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference by Simon Bastow, Patrick Dunleavy, and Jane Tinkler. The three-year Impact of Social Sciences Project has culminated in a monograph published by SAGE. The book presents thorough … Continue reading
Posted by: January 20, 2014
Jan 20 2014
The contemporary social sciences are now converging strongly with STEM disciplines in the study of ‘human-dominated systems’ and ‘human-influenced systems’
Much less is known about the development of the social sciences as a complete discipline group than about the previously dominant STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline group. Patrick Dunleavy, Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler set out some key … Continue reading
Posted by: January 20, 2014
Jan 13 2014
With a vast array of performance and output measurements readily available on universities and individual academics, Deborah Lupton explores the parallels between the audit culture in academia and the quantified self movement. Quantified selfers can find great satisfaction in using data to take … Continue reading
Posted by: January 13, 2014
Jan 10 2014
Stuart Fox traces the encounters and conversations which led to his research eventually being featured in a high-profile newspaper. He highlights here the lessons he learned about getting his research noticed by journalists and politicians. There is no simple, straight-forward … Continue reading
Posted by: January 10, 2014
Dec 17 2013
Launch event for “The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and their Research Make a Difference” – 29 January 2014
Engaged Social Science: Impacts and Use of Research in the UK Book Launch and Panel Discussion Wednesday 29 January 2014 London School of Economics, Holborn 6:30 to 8:00pm followed by a drinks reception Book tickets online here [SOLD OUT but tune-in … Continue reading
Posted by: December 17, 2013
Dec 17 2013
There is a lack of durable mechanisms to connect the Professional Service Sector to academic research.
Drawing from interviews with partners in the professional service sector, Gordon Clubb investigates the opportunities and barriers facing the take-up of academic research. There is an interest in this sector to engage with academic research, there are resources to fund it, … Continue reading
Posted by: December 17, 2013