When it comes to the war for eyeballs, most academics are ill-equipped to drive online attention to their research. In this post, Andy Tattersall draws on best practice from the sphere of viral marketing to develop the concept of ‘Scholarly Enticement’. He then presents a toolbox of simple techniques that can be applied by anyone across any discipline, to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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