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    What does it take to get to the top? Career progression based on narrow metrics disproportionately holds women back.

What does it take to get to the top? Career progression based on narrow metrics disproportionately holds women back.

Drawing from a set of interviews conducted at Cambridge on career progression, Athene Donald discusses a collective letter calling on the entire higher education sector to reflect on how success is valued and rewarded. Across higher education, we have a process which is likely to disadvantage the typical woman, however smart and valuable she may be. Extrapolating from data accruing on […]

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Citizen social science deepens the human and relational aspects of the social scientific method.

Citizen social science calls on experts and the public to re-evaluate their roles in addressing social problems. Erinma Ochu, a social neuroscientist, elucidates the opportunities on offer when experts let the public in on the business of addressing these pervasive challenges. Real learning comes in the social life of the method – in the practice of listening, trying and often […]

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February 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

The Government’s policy on open access and scholarly publishing is severely lacking

 The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee’s latest report, Open Access: Achieving a Functional Market, issued this week looks into the Government’s current policy on Open Access (OA) and scholarly publishing in general. The Committee, of which Ann McKechin MP is a member, unanimously found this policy to be severely lacking in many areas. Here, she discusses her […]

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September 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

Research uptake and impact: are we in danger of overstating ourselves?

Wary of the pressure that researchers are under to demonstrate impact, Louise Shaxson injects a dose of realism into the debate around what that impact ought to look like. Researchers must provide clear policy messages, carefully define the relevance of their research, be realistic about what can be achieved, and be clear about whether they’re practising research communication or advocacy. Ensuring that development […]

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January 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|13 Comments|

OA and the UK Humanities & Social Sciences: Wrong risks and missed opportunities

Humanities and Social Sciences are facing oblivion unless researchers take this generational opportunity to reset the thinking and funding mechanisms. Cameron Neylon writes that it is time humanities and social science embrace open access or risk losing everything. Someone once said to me that the best way to get researchers to be serious about the issue of modernising scholarly communications […]

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January 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

Our top five: Social media for dissemination

Our Impact of Social Sciences project team are certainly softies for social media and its potential for dissemination. Here are some of our (and your) favourite social media posts from the past year.

Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now”.
Patrick Dunleavy […]

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December 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|2 Comments|

Our top five: How to write

Our posts with tips on how to write proved incredibly popular with our readers this year. Here are our top five most read, in decreasing order, for you to feast your eyes on…

30 tips for successful academic research and writing
Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to […]

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December 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

Social media, impact factors and how to get writing: Our most popular blogs of the year

As the year closes, the Impact of Social Sciences project team took a walk down memory lane and found your top ten most read blog articles of the past year. Beginning with out most popular, Melissa Terras’ verdict on whether blogging your research is worth it, our list includes social media, impact factors, publishing and how to sit down and […]

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December 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

What does it cost to publish a Gold Open Access article?

An emerging preference for Gold Open Access publishing has been stirring emotions. Mike Taylor highlights where the Finch Report goes wrong on cost and argues that academics should redirect their anger at publishers taking $1973 from academia in return for each paper they receive. There’s been a lot of concern in some corners of the world about the Finch Report‘s […]

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December 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|4 Comments|

Five Minutes with Bernardo Huberman : “There are real opportunities for social scientists to turn their tools into something applicable to the real world”

Continuing a series of interviews from PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project, Rebecca Mann spoke with Bernardo Huberman, who is Director of the Social Computing Research Group at HP Labs and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Here, he explains why research needs to be interdisciplinary and discusses the opportunities for academic social scientists within industry. How would you describe your […]

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The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing

Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics who can publish and encouraging collaboration are better fixes than increasing the number of superstars. In 2004, Wired Editor Chris Anderson wrote an article and later a book about how online […]

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August 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|4 Comments|

The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the LSE with a specialty in ethnic and national conflicts. Here he discusses the book that inspired his early interest in politics and also about the contemporary works of fiction and non-fiction he most admires for capturing humanity amidst war. This article first appeared on the LSE’s Review of Books […]

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August 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Best wishes for the Easter holiday to all of our readers

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