Category Archives: science

Correlation vs causation: The case of competitive funding and research quality

On September 27, the German Science Foundation (DFG) announced its decision to award the status of a research cluster of excellence (Exzellenzcluster) to 57 cluster proposals from all disciplines. This was the first step of its so-called excellence strategy, (Exzellenzstrategie/ExStra, … Continue reading

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The relevance of Political Science: Some thoughts on the recent critique

The charge that Political Science (or other non-STEM disciplines) is lacking relevance and does not produce interesting research is made then and again, with two new pieces published these days. One is written by a political economist, stating that most … Continue reading

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Das EFI-Gutachten und die Ab- und Zuwanderung deutscher Wissenschaftler: Ein paar kritische Anmerkungen

Das 2014er Gutachten der Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI) schlug diese Woche einige Wellen, weil es nach wie vor eine Abwanderung der besten Wissenschaftler aus Deutschland konstatiert (brain drain, wenn man den Begriff mag). Nach einem Blick in das Gutachten … Continue reading

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You may not like what Elsevier is doing, but…

Open access and gated publishing have been discussed at length by researchers, publishers, and the media. Still, the debate got more intense when Elsevier sent takedown notices to Academia.edu. Yesterday, it got even more intense when it became public that … Continue reading

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Quality and quantity in publishing

At the end of last week, I came across a blog entry by Olaf Storbeck, reporting that a rising star from German business economics, Prof. Ulrich Lichtenthaler, is faced with numerous inquiries concerning his publishing record. Two journals have already … Continue reading

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Live and let live, or: unity and diversity in the social sciences

The current version (vol. 10, issue 1) of the newsletter of the APSA Section on Qualitative Methods and Multi-Methods Research includes a symposium on John Gerring’s 2nd edition of Social Science Methodology (SSM2, for short). The various contributors to the … Continue reading

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