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Do social scientists do better than pollsters?

One of the concerns that emerged from the recent scandal about apparently fictitious data in a published poll about support for same-sex marriage was whether public pollsters are less transparent in their methods than social scientists.  93 more words

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Increasing retractions, increasing fraud??

There has been a 20-25 percent increase in retractions in a total of 10,000 medical and science journals in the past five years (it’s now up to 500-600 retractions per year).  112 more words

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Where are our survey methods when we most need them?

Problems with sampling and response rates in phone surveys due to cell phones and answering machines continue to bedevil survey researchers. As the 2016 presidential election approaches, the reliability of election polling is increasingly a focus of concern.   118 more words

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The wolves in the news(wires): ethics, social networks, and mass media

Unfortunately Claire Hardaker‘s talk on ‘the ethical issues involved in balancing research into antisocial online behaviour with engaging the media on [a] highly sensitive topic’ has been cancelled. 10 more words


Incidental findings in biomedical research

Investigations such as genome sequencing and brain imaging have the potential to reveal details about the patient of research subject which were not the principal reason for the study. 88 more words

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When are Researchers Accomplices to a Crime? Navigating Moral Boundaries

By: Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.

In her book, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, sociologist Alice Goffman describes driving her passenger, “Mike,” a young man participating in her 6-year field study, looking to revenge the death of another young neighborhood man (Re: “ 240 more words

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