Chris posted “Walmart and the ASA” to the orgtheory blog. The piece is about the recent ASA Amicus Brief which supports the use of social framework analysis by social scientists who act as expert witnesses in, and whose conclusions can support class certification of, large class action discrimination litigation cases. This issue is generating a lot of debate, on scatterplot as well as orgtheory, the outcome of which might have important implications for the role of social scientists in legal processes, such as the current Walmart case [more on the case here 1, 2, 3] to be decided on this summer. Discussion on the blog has also incorporated other issues relating to the mission and role of ASA.
2010 was quite an eventful year for SMR: Our cover got a new look, we published a special issue on sequence analysis, welcomed new members to the Editorial Board, and, most important, launched the SMR blog.
Thompson-Reuters released the 2009 Journal Citation Reports, and SMR had a very strong showing. For 2010, Thompson-Reuters introduced the 5-year impact factor, a major improvement over its previous measure which was overly sensitive to short term changes. Sociological Methods & Research ranked #4 among top sociology journals according to the new measurement, just behind ARS, AJS and ASR. In addition, SMR is #5 among social science methods journals.
2011 so far seems to be just as promising! Read the rest of this entry »
The entire February issue of SMR, a special issue on Sequence Analysis, has been posted to the blog. Users can download a PDF of each article free of charge. The special issue has been edited by Christian Brzinsky-Fay and Ulrich Kohler of the Social Science Research Center, Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung), Read the rest of this entry »
These 6 scholars took on a lot of reviewing for SMR in recent years. Please join us in welcoming Read the rest of this entry »
All SMR citations (with abstracts) since 2005 have been posted to the blog. Read the rest of this entry »
The SMR blog is an online forum for discussion of SMR content. Over the years, I have been frustrated that academic journals often do not provide an effective venue for scholarly discourse. Read the rest of this entry »