Tag Archives: social sciences

Singapore’s powerhouses neglect local intellectual life

Singaporeans deserve more local impact from their top-ranked public universities, says Cherian George (11 January 2018) Singapore’s two main public universities have risen in global reputation, lifted by the state’s economic might. For most Singaporeans – as well as many of the region’s brightest students – getting a place to study at the National University […]


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Gained in translation: adding value to research to inform policy

(14 June 2017) Within the social sciences, translating and sharing new knowledge is now common practice amongst many researchers and institutions across academia. From evidence briefings and summaries of literature to online blogs and presentations, a wide range of research evidence aims to engage policy and practitioner audiences so they can more easily access and […]


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Citations are more than merely assigning credit – their inclusion (or not) conditions how colleagues regard and evaluate your work

(6 April 2017) The significance of citations goes far beyond energising and rewarding academic competition. Patrick Dunleavy in the LSE Impact Blog outlines why citations are so important; from setting up a specialist discourse in an economical and highly-focused manner, guiding readers seeking to follow your extended chain of reasoning, right through to showing you […]


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SocArXiv debuts, as SSRN acquisition comes under scrutiny

(19 July 2016) Richard Poynder in his blog writes that  the arrival of a new preprint server for the social sciences called SocArXiv comes just a month after news that Elsevier is acquiring the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a preprint repository and online community founded in 1994 by two researchers. He writes that the […]


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Announcing the development of SocArXiv, an open social science archive

(9 July 2016) SocArXiv announces a partnership with the Center for Open Science to develop a free, open access, open source archive for social science research. The initiative responds to growing recognition of the need for faster, open sharing of research on a truly open access platform for the social sciences. Papers on SocArXiv will […]


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SMU Libraries hiring Research Librarian, Social Sciences

(31 May 2016) Applications are invited for the appointment of Research Librarian, Social Sciences, in SMU Libraries, Singapore Management University. This position is primarily a liaison role for faculty and students from the School of Social Sciences and related programmes. The position holder works in a team environment to create and develop innovative library products […]


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2016 Call for papers: Social Sciences Libraries Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section

(20 January 2016) The World Library and Information Congress: 82th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States, is calling for papers with the theme User Experience (UX) and Social Science Libraries in the Digital Age Possible topics relevant to the program theme might explore: • Formal and informal practices reconfiguring social […]


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The Jurn.org academic search tool expands in scope

(25 April 2014) The open access search tool Jurn.org has just completed a significant expansion, undertaken throughout March/April 2014. Jurn.org had  previously only indexed its core collection of over 4,000 arts and humanities eJournals, all open access or otherwise free. The new Jurn.org expansion has now added a large intake of business, science, biomedical and […]


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British Academy report offers new evidence about the impact of Open Access journal publishing

 (17 April 2014)  A new British Academy report offers the first full evidence-based analysis of the impact of UK Open Access policies on the current pattern of humanities and social science journal publishing. The report, Open Access journals in Humanities and Social Science, investigates some of the major issues involved in the UK’s Open Access […]


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Social sciences outperform STM in academic eBook usage

(Palo Alto, Calif., 24 January 2014) When it comes to eBooks, social sciences far outperform humanities and STM in the percentage of titles used and the average amount of use per book. However, users working with eBooks on STM subjects tend to be more active with their books in each session, downloading or printing content, […]


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