Academic Publishing

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Short-Circuiting Peer Review in Climate Science

Jun 06, 2014 by Peter Wood, Rachelle DeJong |

The integrity of science depends on rigorous and transparent peer review—both of which may be compromised in climate change research. 

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On the Integrity of Social Science

Oct 24, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

Psychology professor Richard Redding reflects on the firestorm surrounding Mark Regnerus's recent study on children of gay parents. Dr. Redding concludes that social science has been politicized to the extent that perspectives… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Peter Wood in Society Magazine

Jun 11, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS president Peter Wood's article, “The Sixties Came Late to Bowdoin,” appears in the current issue of the scholarly journal Society.

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Wasteful Productivity

Sep 26, 2012 by Mark Bauerlein |

The way humanities departments at research universities measure productivity – by counting publications – incentivizes unproductiveness in teaching.

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The Regnerus Affair at UT Austin

Jul 24, 2012 by Peter Wood |

A scholar whose research identified disadvantages for children of same-sex marriage faces opposition by those who dislike his findings.

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One Way to Promote Intellectual Diversity

Jul 11, 2012 by George Leef |

Break the monopoly on publications that count towards tenure.

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Dismissive Reviews: Academe’s Memory Hole

May 30, 2012 by Richard P. Phelps |

Richard R. Phelps exposes how scholars fail to consult the research that has been done on their chosen topic and blandly claim themselves to be pioneers in the area.

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Final Edit: Irving Louis Horowitz, 1929-2012

Apr 04, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood remembers Irving Louis Horowitz, founding publisher of Academic Questions and intellectual warrior.

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Irving Louis Horowitz: A Force of Nature

Mar 23, 2012 by Steve Balch |

Irving Louis Horowitz, who for decades was publisher, advisor, and contributor to Academic Questions died on March 21st. NAS chairman Steve Balch remembers him.  

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Why Academic Gobbledygook Makes Sense

Dec 09, 2011 by Robert Weissberg |

Academic prose is famously turgid and obscure, but political scientist Robert Weissberg can see where it comes in handy in a feverishly PC academic climate like the present one.

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We’re Overdoing It on Faculty Research

Nov 30, 2011 by George Leef |

So argues English professor Mark Bauerlein in a new study published by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. In today’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I comment on the study.

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Scholasticism: Causes and Cures

Sep 20, 2011 by Lawrence M. Mead |

In the second part of “The Other Danger…Scholasticism in Academic Research” (Academic Questions, Winter 2010), Lawrence M. Mead defines “scholasticism” as the ever narrowing focus on subject… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Study Finds Harvard U Press Heavily Biased to the Left

Feb 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A major survey of books Harvard University Press published from 2000-2010 raises important questions about the impartiality of this leading academic publisher.

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The New Huck Finn vs. Yale’s Big Book of Rap Lyrics

Jan 19, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood contrasts the new sanitized version of Mark Twain’s masterpiece with the Yale University Press publication of a scholarly edition of rap lyrics.

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Academic Questions Authors in New York Times Peer Review Debate

Jan 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Stanley Trimble, Bill McKelvey, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak draw on their findings in a recent AQ essay to contribute to a "Room for Debate" discussion on the publication of controversial research.

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