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Social Sciences and Human Decency

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NEW ORLEANS -- A researcher doing fieldwork in the southwestern U.S. happened upon something close to the anthropological Holy Grail: a small group of Native Americans who had never been exhaustively studied.

New Measures of Scholarly Impact

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Data analytics are changing the ways to judge the influence of papers and journals.

Picking on Social Science

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House Republicans invite scrutiny of federal funding for social and behavioral sciences. Is anyone biting?

For Love of Longform

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Digital journal aggregators move en masse to join Google in making full-length books available in searchable archives.

Security Hacks

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After a breach, U. of North Carolina's shaming of a widely respected professor sparks debate over whether academics should be held fully accountable for overseeing the security of data.

Questioning the 'Citation Advantage'

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What if everything you knew about the incentives for publishing in an open-access journal was wrong?

That is the provocative idea put forward in a new working paper by two scholars of scholarly publishing: Mark McCabe, an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and Christopher Snyder, an economics professor at Dartmouth College.

'Tough Love' Budget for Science

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WASHINGTON -- Federal money for science research would continue flowing next year under President Obama's spending plan for 2012, which was released Monday.

Google's Gadfly

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“Uncomfortably familial.” That is how Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, describes the relationship between higher education and Google — a company that has, in a little more than a decade, evolved from pet project of Stanford doctoral students to chief usher of the information age.

Wanted: A Dependable Backer

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With states supporting a smaller share of public universities' budgets, should the federal government step in?

Reconciling with Rankings

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In wake of much-criticized ratings of doctoral programs, National Research Council convenes college officials to discuss how to move ahead.

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