Political science

New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality than random publication choices, but that some systems of review are better than others

New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality research than random publication choices, but some systems of review are significantly better than others. Editors seen as more effective than peer-review panels alone.

Author of 'Third World Quarterly' article on colonialism wants it stricken from the record, but it might not be going anywhere

Just because the author of a controversial article on colonialism wants it stricken from the scholarly record doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere. Critics see clickbait corrupting scholarship.

Critics of Berkeley professor stage protest during his talk at political science meeting

Critics hold signs during talk by John Yoo, demanding that controversial Berkeley professor be fired and excluded from speaking at such meetings.

Report finds decline in political science jobs

Political science association’s annual jobs report shows big year-over-year dip.

Study analyzes characteristics of political science professors who earn more than others

Analysis of political scientists illustrates role of gender, Ph.D. pedigree, negotiations, institution type and more. Study is bad news for women who teach undergraduates.

Frequent source for comments on politics admits no formal focus group informed his insights, as he had claimed

AP reveals political science professor who cited a focus group as key source for his many interviews and essays never had one.

Two public universities put new emphasis on public affairs schools

Baruch College of CUNY and George Mason U put emphasis on programs they think can go where the Kennedy and Wilson Schools do not.

Political scientists consider challenges of talking to undergraduates about controversial current events

Political science professors discuss obligation to explore current controversies in class. But they need to be ready for the student who asks, "Can't we just nuke them all?"

American Statistical Association seeks to usher in new era of statistical significance

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The American Statistical Association seeks to embrace science's inherent complexity and push for more data transparency by rejecting a common, oversimplified measure of statistical significance.

Study identifies challenges on political science faculty job market

More ABDs are starting full job searches, and fewer of those in the expanded pool are landing faculty positions, study finds.

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