The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation and would cut funding levels for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate by nearly 45%, was passed by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on April 22.
Carnegie Corporation of New York has named 32 Andrew Carnegie Fellows as the inaugural class of a major annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The Fellows will receive awards of up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to take sabbaticals in order to devote time to their research and writing. Read the story.
APSA has long been attentive to and concerned about replication and data research transparency. We have made available two large symposia, both published in PS, concerning replication and data research transparency. The first symposium, published in 1995, includes Gary King’s often cited article "Replication, Replication." The second symposium, published in 2014, is Openness in Social Science Research, and includes many articles on this topic as well as replication.
Since 2011, APSA has been engaged in a multilayered dialogue on Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT). As part of this conversation, APSA Council approved the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) to discuss openness in political science. In 2012 the APSA council adopted new standards on data access and research transparency, under the guidelines for individual researchers in the APSA guide to professional ethics, rights and freedoms. In March 2015, APSA, the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry and its Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University, convened a one-day workshop in Washington, DC on research transparency for disciplinary, region-specific, and topic-specific associations. The workshop addressed the debate concerning research transparency, its benefits, and its implications and considered the role that such associations can play in supporting and encouraging research transparency.
View the Annual Meeting Program and Schedule of Events.APSA proposes adding a new online-only open access journal to its publication portfolio. This journal will be free of all paywalls or subscription requirements, meaning that it will be accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Read the proposal.