Category: Academic communication

The evolution of social networking sites: the rise of content-centric platforms which favour the perpetual present.

Socio-technical trends and their underlying theoretical perspectives shed light on likely developments in store for mediated communication. Vyacheslav Polonski finds that in the coming years, new design norms will overhaul current metaphors, marking a shift from profile-centric to content-centric interactions. In the … Continue reading

The academic quantified self: the role of data in building an academic professional sense of self.

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

Book Review: Political Science Research Methods: Exploring America at a Crossroads by Cal Clark

With this textbook, Cal Clark aims to provide clear descriptions of the major statistical techniques used in political and social science research for undergraduate students. This is a rewarding read that flows coherently from concepts recognizable to most schoolchildren up to complex statistical techniques … Continue reading

Data Citation and Sharing: What’s in it for me?

Research funders, data managers, librarians, journal editors and researchers themselves are calling for a change in the culture of research to ensure formal data citation is the norm, rather than the exception. Sarah Callaghan looks at the reasons for and against … Continue reading

Continue the momentum of your research and explore wider areas of interest: our top five posts on Academic Blogging

For our final Top Five overview piece highlighting our most-read pieces of the last year, we present the top five blogs on the theme of academic blogging. These posts provide helpful advice for those looking to get more involved in … Continue reading

Preprint posting, predatory journals and peer review: our top five posts on Open Access

The on-going discussion over open access to scholarly research was a regular feature this year on the Impact of Social Sciences blog. The top posts in this category came from a range of voices in higher education, from researchers and … Continue reading

Twitter and traditional bibliometrics are separate but complementary aspects of research impact.

In a recent study, Haustein and colleagues found a weak correlation between the number of times a paper is tweeted about and subsequent citations. But the study also found papers from 2012 were tweeted about ten times more than papers from … Continue reading

On the Harvard Dataverse Network Project – an open-source tool for data sharing

The Harvard Dataverse Network is an open-source platform that facilitates data sharing. Samuel Moore outlines how this customisable initiative might be adopted by journals, disciplines and individuals. I am a huge fan of grass-roots approaches to scholarly openness. Successful community-led … Continue reading

Research is about making sense of things and channelling further thought: our top five posts on how to write

Our posts on the process of writing well proved popular with our readers again this year. Here are our top five most read pieces on academic writing.  Science and the English Language – lessons from George Orwell Drawing on George … Continue reading