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Swiftposium – Why we held an academic conference on the world’s biggest pop star

Reflecting on how they brought about “Swiftposium” (an academic conference focused on all things Taylor Swift) Hannah McCann, Eloise Faichney, Rebecca Trelease and Emma Whatman consider the value of academic perspectives on popular culture and its powe…

Understanding Humans: How Social Science Can Help Solve Our Problems – review

In Understanding Humans: How Social Science Can Help Solve Our Problems, David Edmonds curates a selection of interviews with social science researchers covering the breadth of human life and society, from morality, bias and identity to kinship, inequa…

Context, Agency, Authority and Power – Key considerations for early career researchers engaging with local policy

Policy engagement is often described in terms that are universal and without specificity to the individuals undertaking this kind of research. Sarah Weakley and David Waite argue that for early career researchers, taking into account positionality is v…

The digital scholarly record is at risk

In the past the preservation of the scholarly record relied on physical print publications being archived in multiple places by different institutions. In principle this holds true for digital preservation, where a number of organisations work to prese…

Do disappearing data repositories pose a threat to open science and the scholarly record?

Research data repositories play a vital role in ensuring research is reproducible, replicable and reusable. Yet, the infrastructure supporting them can be impermanent. Drawing on a new dataset Dorothea Strecker, Heinz Pampel, Rouven Schabinger and Nina…

Open access works – 420 million citations show OA outputs are cited by more researchers from more places

Open access is built on the promise that more people are able to access and use research. Putting this to the test, Chun-Kai (Karl) Huang, Cameron Neylon and Lucy Montgomery explore where citations come from for 19 million research outputs and find tha…

Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge – review

In Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge, Hannah Star Rogers challenges the traditional dichotomy between art and science, arguing that they share common approaches to knowledge-making. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies and using compellin…

If generative AI is saving academics time, what are they doing with it?

Drawing on a recent survey of academic perceptions and uses of generative AI, Richard Watermeyer, Donna Lanclos and Lawrie Phipps suggest that the potential efficiency promised by these tools disclose which work is and isn’t valued in academia. Widespr…