Dismissive literature reviews reduce understanding – so why do academics keep making them?
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
10h ago
How many times have you read an article that confidently states there are few other studies in this area? And how confident are you that this is the case? Richard Phelps argues outside of the sciences there is rarely a lack of pre-existing literature, but claiming so is a rhetorical move to give priority to ..read more
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Misinformation and the media – An LSE Impact Blog review
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
3d ago
In 2024 half of the worlds population will be affected by the outcomes of elections. A key value underpinning free and fair elections is the availability of accurate information for voters. However, in recent years, fears of misinformation, infodemics and even an epistemic apocalypse have led many to question whether our current information environment is ..read more
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In political science research ethics is women’s work
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
4d ago
Reporting on research ethics in political science and international publications has in recent years taken on greater importance as a means of modelling best practice and building trust in these fields. Examining these reports across two decades of publications, Eleanor Knott and Denisa Kostovicova show how ethics work remains a marginal and highly gendered activity ..read more
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Science v. Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators – review
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Anguyo,I
6d ago
In Science v. Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators, Emma Frances Bloomfield parses the complexities of conveying scientific knowledge amid rampant misinformation and eroding public trust. Acknowledging the dual power of narrative to inform and divide, Bloomfield’s engaging text shares tools for crafting effective stories and urges inclusive discourse in the face of polarisation, writes Chris Featherman. This blogpost originally appeared ..read more
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How to translate academic writing into podcasts using generative AI
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
6d ago
One of the benefits of generative AI is the ability to transform one media from text, to speech, to imagery to video. In this post Andy Tattersall explores one aspect of this ability, by transforming his archive written blogposts into a podcast format, Talking Threads, and discusses why and how this could be beneficial for research communication ..read more
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Is 0.66 percent of QR funding too much to ask for OA books?
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
1w ago
As the REF open access (OA) consultation draws to a close, Anthony Cond and Peter Berkery argue that one way to ensure an equitable distribution of funding for OA books would be to use a small amount of the QR funding distributed via the REF to fund book processing charges. Imagine a scenario in which ..read more
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Can seeing like a spider change policy and the future of AI?
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
1w ago
Research into the minds of other animals and particularly invertebrates raises questions about how we define and understand consciousness itself. Daria Zakharova discusses how creating an artistic interpretation of the mind of a spider can inspire new legislation and shed light on how we understand developments in new forms artificial of intelligence. Visitors can see ..read more
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Universities need more than off-the-shelf AI solutions
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
1w ago
Following the release of ChatGPT Edu, OpenAI’s enterprise offer to universities, Daniela Duca assesses the landscape of AI adoption in higher education and the different and emerging AI options available to universities. Last week, OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT Edu, an enterprise offering developed through a collaborative effort with institutions like Arizona State University, marking their first ..read more
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Building trust in science is a social and technological project
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
2w ago
Research integrity and trust in science have made global news this year. Reflecting on the scientific norm of organised scepticism, Panagiotis Kavouras outlines how building trust in science requires commitments to social and technical means of ensuring transparency and reproducibility across scientific processes. “Οὐδέν κρυπτόν ὑπό τόν ἥλιον”; this famous ancient Greek saying translates into English as ..read more
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What associated country status means for UK social sciences and humanities researchers
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | Impact of Social Sciences
by Taster
2w ago
On 1 January this year, the UK became an associated country to Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship research scheme, and to the EU’s Earth observation programme Copernicus. Linda Hantrais and Anouska Nithyanandan consider the broader implications of association for the social and human sciences and review the preparations that UK social scientists should be making to re-establish their international ..read more
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