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Category Archives: research

“It’s the End of the University as We Know It”

The following piece was published originally on the website of the AAUP chapter at the University of Akron. Although it addresses issues at their institution, none of those issues are … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

AAUP Brief Supports Academic Freedom in Research

The following is taken from a media release issued today by the AAUP: The American Association of University Professors filed an amicus brief on October 26 with the Arizona Court of … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

House Science Committee Attacks Scientists

In a must-read article published yesterday on, David Roberts argues that “The House science committee is worse than the Benghazi committee.” “The Benghazi committee is not even the worst … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

Social Media for Improving and Promoting Academic Papers?

I don’t know how long I’ve been loading papers to Four or five years, I would guess. Possibly more, but not much. The website went public in 2008, but I … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Academic Freedom for All Academics

Academic freedom is something we talk about a lot these days, what with Salaita and Dreger and Wisconsin and all. Less often talked about is the academic freedom of the … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

Evidence That We Have Not Completely Lost Our Sense of Irony

In the “Undernews” newsletter distributed daily by the Progressive Review, David Sims of the Cass Business School in London distributed the following abstract from an unidentified academic paper: “Our patience … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

The PubPeer Foundation

PubPeer, which “seeks to create an online community that uses the publication of scientific results as an opening for fruitful discussion among scientists,” has established The PubPeer Foundation “to help … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

On the Run: Sociology, Journalism or What?

When I first heard of Alice Goffman’s On the Run a year or so ago, it didn’t pass my personal ‘smell test’ so I ignored it. After all, my early … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Peer Review: Make It Transparent

In 2012, I presented a paper at the Modern Language Association annual meeting that caused a small splash, especially for one line, “Blind peer review is dead. It just doesn’t … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hiroshima at 70 and Salaita at One

The most recent issue of Academe displays on its cover a Bob Dylan lyric: “I’ll Tell It and Think It and Speak It and Breathe It.” An image appears at the upper left-hand corner of … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment



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