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What are the most serious problems of civilization development that should be solved as soon as possible? What are the global problems for which research should be developed and solutions to these problems resolved in 2019 and in subsequent years?
One of such research problems, which should not be postponed for an indefinite future, is the need to develop environment-friendly sustainable economic development in order to slow down the adverse process of global warming.
With the warming of the Earth's climate, the risk of more dramatic climate cataclysms, including tsunamis, increases.
Tsunami may be a derivative of the global warming problem. Global warming generates an increase in climate disasters, including more cases of tsunamis.
But not only is the risk of more violent and more dramatic tsunamis rising. Also in recent years, there has been more other types of climate and natural climate catatics, such as droughts, rainstorms, tornadoes and weather anomalies.
At present, it should no longer be asked whether global warming generates an increase in natural disasters only what rate of growth will be recorded in the future? So many data, research centers confirms the progressing process of global warming, that the problem is unquestionable.
More and more data points to the growing risk of climate change, unfavorable for human and life on the Earth, increase of climate disasters, climatic and weather anomalies, which are the result of global warming, rising average annual temperature near the Earth's surface.
Now we should just ask: How can these adverse processes be counteracted? What ecological technologies, renewable energy sources, how to help natural environments, how to rebuild them, such as afforestation, to build natural ecosystems absorbing greenhouse gases?
How to develop ecological business ventures? How to create financing systems for this type of pro-ecological projects? How to dispel international cooperation in this matter? What actions should be taken to move towards the development of a new ecological green economy?
How to develop environmentally sustainable economic development to slow down the unfavorable warming of the Earth's climate?
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Dear Anjay kumar Mishra,
Yes. Energy-efficient construction is an important element of the pro-environmental transformation of the economy and the implementation of sustainable development goals.
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Kindly please enlighten me about this. Thanks for who will give feedback
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The journal “International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)” ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) (http://ijhssnet.com/) is published by “Center for Promoting Ideas (CPI)” (http://www.cpinet.info/ ) and this publisher is included in the Beall’s list of predatory publishers https://beallslist.net/ . This is a warning sign. There are more warning signs that this might be a predatory journal:
-There seems to be something odd with the ISSN numbers of the journal (just look at for example https://portal.issn.org/resource/ISSN/2221-0989)
-They ‘proudly’ present in the latest news (http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/1790#ind) a DRJI indexing, which is a notorious example of so-called misleading metrics (https://beallslist.net/misleading-metrics/)
-The indexing page misleadingly suggest a membership of DOAJ while they are not
So, I would say avoid this one.
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A data article is a type of publication for researchers to present and share their datasets, so that other researchers can use them. There are even magazines dedicated exclusively to publishing data articles like Data in Brief. An example can be seen at https://repository.urosario.edu.co/bitstream/handle/10336/23834/1-s2-0-S2352340920303681-main.pdf?sequence=1. Data articles are common in the natural sciences, but not in the social sciences and humanities. Do you know of any journals that publish datasets in the social sciences?
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My question is connected to rather unclear point of error correlation that many scholars encounter while conducting their SEM (structural equation modeling) analysis. It is a pretty often when scholars report procedures of correlating the error terms to enhance the overall goodness of fit for their models. Hermida (2015), for instance, provided an in-depth analysis for such issue and pointed out that there are many cases within social sciences studies when researchers do not provide appropriate justification for the error correlation. I have read in Harrington (2008) that the measurement errors can be the result of similar meaning or close to the meanings of words and phrases in the statements that participants are asked to assess. Another option to justify such correlation was connected to longitudinal studies and a priori justification for the error terms which might be based on the nature of study variables.
In my personal case, I have two items with Modification indices above 20.
lhs op rhs mi epc sepc.lv sepc.all sepc.nox
12 item1 ~~ item2 25.788 0.471 0.471 0.476 0.476
After correlating the errors, the model fit appears just great (Model consists of 5 latent factors of the first order and 2 latent factors of the first order; n=168; number of items: around 23). However, I am concerned with how to justify the error terms correlations. In my case the wording of two items appear very similar: With other students in English language class I feel supported (item 1) and With other students in English language class I feel supported (item 2)(Likert scale from 1 to 7). According to Harrington (2008) it's enough to justify the correlation between errors.
However, I would appreciate any comments on whether justification of similar wording of questions seems enough for proving error correlations.
Any further real-life examples of wording the items/questions or articles on the same topic are also well-appreciated.
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Implications are a logical construct
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I'm looking for litterature on methods within documentary research. What titles are widespread, thorough and suitable for master's level? Are there any "classics" I should know? I have Tight, M (2019): Documentary Research in the Social Sciences. It seems really good to me!
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A Matter of Record: Documentary Sources in Social Research by John Scott, Documentary Film in India: An Anthropological History by Giulia Battaglia, Cognitive Theory and Documentary Film by Catalin Brylla, ‎Mette Kramer.
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Dear All,
I have created a mind map of a literature review on How Ontology, Epistemology And Axiology Relate To Develop New Knowledge Through Research Methodology And Research Design.
I want critical comments on my thoughts.
The outline of the finding is as follows and you can follow the above link for a more clear image.
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Please refer following links of ideas and make critics;
· I found that any research needs to add new knowledge
· That knowledge is resulted from answering a question/s or/and finding a solution/s
· Each problem or solution has its ontology, epistemology, and axiology
· The ontology, epistemology and axiology collectively form a research philosophy while those influence developing research questions or hypotheses or a mix of both regarding the problem or solution.
· As the research philosophy and questions/hypothesis origin from the same sources to both should be conceptually related to each other.
· Then research design is formulated to answer those research questions or hypotheses or a mix of both
· same time the research methodology is underpinning the particular research’s ontology, epistemology, axiology and philosophy continues
· Then research design and research methodology both make the selection of approach in theory development. As well, research design and research methodology make and formulate the rest of the steps in the research.
· After that, the steps are clear. However, the selections of methodological choices, strategies, data collection techniques and analysis techniques are interrelated decisions.
· Finally, all these activities resulted in new knowledge
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They are interrelated somehow.
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Hi there,
as I am working in applied research, I always come across the problem that knowledge is not applied in practice (theory-practice gap). Is there a particularly good paper / book to recommend about this? :-)
Best thanks and best regards
Alexander Kwiatkowski
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There are two articles that show this gap from different perspectives and that can be complemented. One takes it from education in general and the other from education for health practice. I hope they serve you, best regards.
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Which is more valuable ?
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I am sharing updated list of Social Science Citation Index Sep. 2021
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I found in a journal that it is abstracted / indexed in Clarivate Analytics: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). What it means? Whether the journal will get impact factor in near future?
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I am sharing updated list of Social Science Citation Index Sep. 2021
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Are publications in the journals ranked by Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics) also included in Journal Citation Reports? Do your universities / governments put equivalent value on ESCI publications and SSCI publications while making a decision about faculty promotion?
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I am sharing updated list of Social Science Citation Index Sep. 2021
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Dear Community,
I am interested in receiving feedback from people that finished their PhDs, but also from people judging the candidacies for academic positions.
As PhDs we all heard about the famous "Publish or perish" to describe the importance to publish during your PhD if you want to get a job more easily when finishing. I am asking mostly in social sciences because it is my field, but I am also interested in receiving feedback from other fields as well.
The time and effort we put in publications during our PhD, is it worth the struggle? Is it really making things easier when applying for academic positions, or is the teaching experience more important for instance? Many colleagues ask themselves this question. I am not denying the importance to publish your research, but I am curious to see how things are presented in other countries, universities, and fields.
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Dear Stephan, it is very important to publish during PhD program. It is a waste of time to have a PhD degree with no publication. PhD with publication is very good and gives one better opportunities in terms of jobs.
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Which method is more accurate and popular for testing the validity and reliability of my scales?
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Interesting study. Curious to know. Many thanks for sharing
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Many scientists suggest that a good way to analyze the level of innovation in action, generate innovation in financial institutions, eg in banks, is conducting surveys among managers and department directors, departments in these institutions.
How should such surveys be carried out? What method of surveys is the most effective? Do online questionnaire forms are an effective instrument for carrying out surveys?
What other research techniques can be used to investigate the level of innovation in operation, generate innovation in financial institutions?
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Dear Mohammed Jaafar Ali Alatabe,
Thanks and invite you to joint discussions on the subject of innovation in financial institutions.
Regards,
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Hello everyone,
I need to find a journal that applies discourse analysis, but I am having trouble finding one.
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to look for such journals or maybe even have a specific one in mind?
Thank you very much.
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You can find multiple papers dealing political texts using CDA. I refer you to the works of the following eminent scholars in the field of CDA: Fairclogh; Wodak; Van Dijk.
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It's 99 days since the first case of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, and we are welcoming the 5th days of 0 new cases of COVID-19 following a week of <10 cases per day.
How should we define the end of a local endemic?
How long should the latent period be defined?
When is it safe to resume social activities?
Should territory wide screening of asymptomatic people be done before declaring the end of endemic?
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The SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic is a global epidemic. On a global scale, the state of the pandemic in March 2020 was announced by the World Health Organization. Therefore, this organization could declare the end of the pandemic. On the other hand, the end of the epidemic on a regional, national or local scale can be announced by national central institutions of the health care system, including the ministries of health, in agreement with the government. In order to be able to declare the end of the epidemic on a national, regional or local scale, it is necessary to have a relatively large decrease in the number of new coronavirus infections, a decrease in the number of people seriously ill with Covid-19 disease and deaths caused by this disease. The decrease in Coronavirus infections and in sick people should be sustained in a longer period, i.e. min. several months, taking into account the periods of possible occurrence of subsequent epidemic waves caused by new variants of the Coronavirus and occurring in other regions of the world. In addition, an important factor that may be taken into account in the event of declaring the end of a pandemic on a global scale or an epidemic on a regional scale will be the level of vaccination of citizens with highly effective vaccines against Coronavirus and the level of social, collective immunity of the society achieved thanks to these vaccines.
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Hello.
For my thesis, I am investigating the relationships between the following three variables:
Hypothesis 1:
Independent Variable: Nominal (Yes/No)
Dependent Variable: Ordinal (5-point Likert Scale)
Hypothesis 2:
Independent Variable: Ordinal (5-point Likert Scale; also used above as dependent variable)
Dependent Variable: Ordinal (5-point Likert Scale; different from above)
I am facing a lot of difficulty in finding an appropriate analysis to conduct in order to investigate the relationships between my variables, especially given the ordinal nature of two of them, which apparently rules out t-tests and linear regressions. Any advice on which analysis to use for both hypotheses above would be appreciated.
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H1 ordinal logistic regression
H2 ordinal logistic regression
Google this regression topic or see the attached course notes.
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What is important in building international research teams?
On what foundations should long-term scientific cooperation between scientists be developed?
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In my opinion, the development of ICT and Industry 4.0 information technologies, the use of Internet remote communication, the increase in digitization and internationalization of communication processes taking place during the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic, the development of online social networks, e.g. the Research Gate portal increases the opportunities development of international cooperation in the world of science.
I invite you to the discussion,
Thank you very much,
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It seems that 'the social sciences' has a clearly defined core of disciplines - sociology, politics, anthropology - but is rather fuzzy at the edges. I'm trying to get my head around the concept, recognising that it is fluid and fluctuates historically. I wonder if the humanities, in so far as they study human society, are also social sciences? Are history of science and philosophy of science also social sciences? And does the opposition between 'social sciences' and 'natural sciences' hold since the natural sciences involve socially and culturally situated activities? In addition, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary fields such as environmental studies and pandemic studies seem to transcend these categories. I would love to hear your views.
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Social networks are first case study of a successful interdisciplinary enterprise. The study of society and the relationships among persons within society is the subject of social sciences in general. Sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists frequently study how interpersonal relationships are formed and how behaviours, beliefs, and emotions are transmitted across connected individuals, and network analysis uses the different methods from science and computer science also.
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If in the process of technological and technical progress new kinds of products and services are created that improve the lives of people, it can be assumed that at certain times people may seem to be happier, then people can feel happier.
But after some time, people get used to a certain level of life and look for further stimuli from the world of science, technology, technology, production of goods, provision of new services that will meet the growing human needs.
However, it seems to me that in such a situation one should consider and verify the essence of the concept of happiness.
What is the achievement of people's sense of happiness in the realities of the current technological revolution, known as Industry 4.0?
Is the definition of the concept of happiness not deformed in the realities of current reality dominated largely by technology in technologically developed countries?
Is it sure that technological progress gives people a sense of happiness?
Technical and technological progress itself provides new products, but it does not necessarily always make people feel happier and certainly not in the long term.
In my opinion, the main factors deciding about happiness are on completely different issues and concern the fundamental values ​​of self-fulfillment in personal, family and professional life.
In this approach to the interpretation of the concept of achieving the state of happiness, self-fulfillment in various spheres of human functioning can be an important determinant of achieving happiness.
Do you agree with me on the above matter?
In the context of the above issues, the following question is valid:
Does technological progress make people feel happier?
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It can help human and it means that yes it can be a happier of Man, however it has some disadvantages but it make us happy .
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Kindly check the attachment to understand the issue. The last one (coping strategies) is creating problem.
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Cronbach alphas are a measure of internal consistency for a given sample of an specific measure. When you have high internal consistency on subscales but low consistency on the overall scale, it may mean that the construct of the complete scale is not captured well by the subscales. In other words, you may find that a construct is multi rather than unidimensional. If this is the case, then sometimes you will have a low reliability coefficient for the whole scale but high reliability for subscales. This is because the subscales are measuring more specific dimensions of the construct. Also, if the subscales are not strongly correlated, you might also find that a higher order construct represented by the complete scale will show lower reliability. If I were you, I would run a factor analysis on the measure to assess its dimensionality. Of course, there are other reasons for low reliability, such as context. That is, the alpha coefficient is not an index of the reliability of the measure in general, but rather for the unique sample and context in which data were collected. This may be worth considering as well.
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Psychology, as a science that seeks to know the behavior (in the broad sense) of the human being, should it be limited to a single research method? Are theoretical studies valid for the establishment of conceptual frames of reference and the design of constructs? Why are few publications dealing with these investigations? Is it a "pre-judgment" or a "scientific requirement"?
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In literary criticism, I would recommend the integral approach which means using different approaches wherever it is needed. These approaches include the psychological, historical, political, social etc. Best regards.
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In my opinion, the scope and possibilities of business cooperation with the world of science are constantly growing, especially in the areas of technical sciences, biotechnology, energy, materials science, information technology, ecology, etc. and in the development of innovations, patents and inventions created in various fields of technology, technology, etc.
Do you agree with me on the above matter?
In the context of the above issues, the following question is valid:
Does the scope and possibilities of business cooperation with the world of science increase or decrease?
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Hi Dr Dariusz Prokopowicz . It increases continuously with time.
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Suppose I want to determine the effect of World Trade Organization (WTO) membership on a country’s level of international trade. WTO membership is my independent variable, and level of international trade is my dependent variable. To test this, I simply look at trade as a percentage of GDP for all WTO members and all non-WTO members. As expected, I find that WTO members tend to trade more as a proportion of GDP.
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Together with Jie Zhang we investigated a similar question for tourism and using data for that particular pillar of the WTO (commitments under tourism specifically). The paper is available under my profile - it is the one published in JITED in 2013. We found out that it is mainly small island economies that may have less to gain from trade liberalisation that are not members of this pillar (or in fact of the WTO in general). Over time you will have the problem that nearly all countries are members of the WTO, so then it becomes harder to investigate your hypothesis. Perhaps you need to look into more particular explanatory factors (as we did in our paper) to increase the reliability of the data you are using. Reverse causality will of course be another classical econometric problem that you are facing - but it could be fixed using a panel data approach. Some countries may also face the problem now with hyperglobalisation that their WTO membership has led to more trade but of the extensive growth type - e.g. China may be trading more and more with the rest of the world in quantities but not necessarily earning more from those exports over time. That leads us into the current global environmental trap we are in (drawing in more and more natural resources and emitting more and more CO2 without it leading to more welfare or value) - not unlike the one the Soviet Union faced before it imploded.
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In highly developed countries and economically fast developing countries there are analogous processes of changes in the demographic structure of society consisting in the aging of the population and the accompanying process of depopulation of cities, agglomeration, decreasing number of births, decreasing fertility rate in families. These processes, which are unfavorable for the economic development of the country, usually have at least several causes.
Extending the average life expectancy of citizens results from improved living standards, increased income and related improvements in quality of life, improvement of nutrition and improvement in the health care services sector. In addition, some of the lowly, educated people go to look for more interesting jobs and higher salaries by hiring in other countries. In a situation where young people paying off housing loans, are also burdened with various taxes, they are forced to work, to professional activity all adult members of the family of working age.
As a result, the pressure, the need to have more than 1 or 2 children are decreasing, and then the fertility decreases, which contributes to the decline in the number of citizens in the long term. In order to counteract this disadvantage for the national economy, this country should develop social policy to support young people, including subsidizing the purchase or rental of housing, establishing guaranteed income related to raising children, developing programs supporting the nursery, pre-school and education, pediatric health care system, etc.
Examples of such programs of active socio-economic policy are: Family 500 Plus Program and Flat Plus Program (Mieszkanie Plus Program). Because these programs have been developed only for 3 years, so you can not objectively assert how they affect the demographic structure of society, or motivate you to make decisions about having a larger number of children. In order to be able to answer this type of questions objectively, ie with regard to relevant scientific data, these Programs should be conducted with a minimum of 2-3 subsequent generations of citizens.
On the other hand, there has already been a noticeable increase in consumption for various types of goods purchased by citizens, which has a pro-development effect on the economy as it increases the level of economic growth. It may be one of the key elements of the socio-economic policy of anti-crisis, countercyclical importance, ie increasing the resilience of the domestic economy to global economic crises and the slowdown in global economy growth, e.g. the currently observed slowdown in global economy caused by the so-called war wars and other restrictions on the development of international trade.
In the context of the above issues, I am asking you the following question:
How can changes in the demographic structure of society affect the economic development of the country?
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Hi Dr Dariusz Prokopowicz . Demographic change can influence the underlying growth rate of the economy, structural productivity growth, living standards, savings rates, consumption, and investment; it can influence the long-run unemployment rate and equilibrium interest rate, housing market trends, and the demand for financial assets. See the link:
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Dear Research Gate Members,
Most of the cities in the world are facing partial or complete Lock Downs due to Pandemic Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) spread. Millions of people in the world are living in Government or self-administered Quarantines. The world is expecting a long time with it and continuously learning to live with it. In this situation Online Education/Distance Learning and Work From Home (WFH) are the ultimate new realities for many in the world.
Many organizations and Educational Institutions are doing “Online Education/Distance Learning and Work From Home (WFH)” very first time. Google ZOOM and Microsoft TEAMS became the top priorities for most of them. Many organizations and Educational Institutions are still confused in making the choice between Google ZOOM and Microsoft TEAMS. In this scenario, it’s really important to share your expert opinions and experiences.
Please, share your expert suggestions and/or recommendations on the following question.
How do you compare Google ZOOM Vs Microsoft TEAMS for Online Education / Work From Home during Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Lock Downs/Quarantines?
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Dear Muhammad Ali Khan I use all platforms so I personally recommend to use Microsoft Teams. It gives much better control to the teacher during online class.
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An important topic in the area of finance is the management of financial risk in the context of the analysis of sources of economic, financial, debt and other crises. The financial systems still have not been improved in their functioning, especially in the area of investment banking, in terms of unethical practices, the use of which was one of the significant sources of the global financial crisis of 2008.
In connection with the above in my opinion important topic on finance is the issue of risk management in the context of the analysis of the sources of the global financial crisis.
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Dear Friends and Colleagues of RG
The issues of risk management in the context of determinants of the global financial crisis, globalization processes, technological progress and other factors I described in the publications:
I invite you to discussion and cooperation.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • The 2007-2009 financial crisis began years earlier with cheap credit and lax lending standards that fueled a housing bubble.
  • When the bubble burst, financial institutions were left holding trillions of dollars worth of near-worthless investments in subprime mortgages.
  • Millions of American homeowners found themselves owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth.
  • The Great Recession that followed cost many their jobs, their savings, or their homes.
  • The turnaround began in early 2009 after the passage of the infamous Wall Street bailout kept the banks operating and slowly restarted the economy.
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If you have any, then please share with references.
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More remarkable revelations about fabrication of data in high profile behavioral economics studies. This time it took some painstaking and meticilous statistical sleuthing but the results are so unmistakable that none of the authors involved attempted to defend the studies. Their only defense is that they trusted Ariely with the data, who in turn says he trusted the insurance company that provided him with it. When you think of the enormous amount of glory, publicity, and money - book royalties, consultancy fees, grants etc - that went into behavioral economics as a result of studies such as these, it is hard not to lose faith in the field (nay social science!) as a whole. The open science movement is trying to devise reforms that will prevent that in the future, but us philosophers of social science should also think hard about how to reform our norms. We unknowingly reinforce bad trends whenever we dedicate our attention to flashy new findings. I'd love to hear if colleagues have views on what such norms should be.
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Can you recommend an analysis software for content analysis except Nvivo? Are there any of the free softwares suitable for social science research?
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Probably the best starting point is Diance Vaughan's (1999) "The Dark Side of Organization: Mistake, Misconduct and Disaster" in the Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 25: 271-305. It focuses in particular on the Challenger and Columbia disasters. Vaughan investigated the first and was on the committee of inquiry into the second. 
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Hello Researchers,
I was wondering while writing an article, especially one on topics of social science is it always necessary to write a conclusion? Because in many situations we do not really find a result which we can put in conclusion, rather we see things from different perspectives or analyze phenomena differently in our papers. So, is it more appropriate to write epilogues in those cases? Because by blindly following the rule we sometimes end up just by summarising the whole article in the conclusion.
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Let's understand the difference between epilogue and conclusion. Well Epilogues and conclusions work in the same way , however ,conclusions tend to be found in nonfiction books or papers related to science usually accompanied by an introduction chapter at the start of the book, whereas epilogues tend to be found in novels and memoirs. If your work is non fiction and science based then you should consider conclusion over epilogue. Hope this helps
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is this journal okay
International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) .
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Why don’t they assign a proper DOI to their published papers? Because it is not a good journal. They claim a DOI for their journal, misleadingly suggesting a link to the legit DOI organization (https://www.doi.org/). A DOI is a unique ID for a paper (warning: though a DOI is assigned to papers by virtually all well-respected journals it is by itself not enough to say that a journal is legit or not).
See my reply of August 30th, 2020, for further facts/observations why this a journal one better can avoid. Following a ‘whitelist’ approach this journal (and publisher) has no serious indexing (Scopus or Clarivate’s ESCI, SCIE/SSCI) and is no member of DOAJ or COPE etc.
Best regards.
PS. Nelson Yego indeed those that are quite positive have published one or more papers with them, indeed a ‘potential conflict of interest’.
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The Qur'anic Thematic Exegetical Analysis (al-Tafsir al-Mawdu'i) is a famous method within Qur'anic Sciences in Islamic Studies as much as the Thematic Analysis method is in researches of Social Sciences. Why it is being discriminated against when applied in Islamic Psychology, which is synonym with Islamization of Social Sciences? Are they apartheid who are rejecting subaltern post-colonial methods?
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RE: "In Islamic divine scripture – the Holy Qur’an - the emphasis is on the heart as being mentioned to be governing (the king for) both the rationality, emotions, intellect, intuition, telepathy [sic], etc."
Locating any kind of mental activity in the heart is just a carry-over from ancient Greek views that regarded the brain as merely an organ for cooling the blood. As it happens, there have numerous cases of individuals kept alive without a heart who continued to experience all kinds of mental activity. Here's a quotation from a news report on one such individual:
« "It was an emotional roller coaster," Larkin said at a news conference, describing what it was like to live with a totally artificial heart, implanted to keep him alive until a donor heart became available. » — from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-lived-555-days-without-a-heart-before-transplant/
Here's another such report:
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Do you know a website to search for freelance collaborators in statistical analysis (SPSS, EQS, fuzzy, etc...)?
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  • I use this website www.socscistatistics.com for calculating my statistical analysis part. is this good to use this? cos it free
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I am doing bachelors in social sciences. I have already asked this before but need more opinions on this.
and If not so pls suggest few topics related to middle-eastern countries.
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Please go-ahead to gain your time.
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We have submitted a paper in the journal, named 'Humanities and Social Sciences Communications'. But when we enter into the main website, it's showing all the information from Nature's website.
Here is the website link: https://www.nature.com/palcomms/
However, I was just wanted to be sure that whether this journal is part of Nature's publication or not.
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If you mean whether it is a subsection of Nature, then the answer is no. It is a separate journal called “Humanities & Social Sciences Communications” https://www.nature.com/palcomms/about which is since June 16th, 2020, published by Springer Nature. It is one of the many journals belonging to Nature’s portfolio (https://www.nature.com/siteindex ), which when I am not mistaken used to be called Nature Publishing Group (NPG).
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In connection with the warming of the Earth's climate, progressive global warming, some areas located in the sub-tropical zone in the future will not be fit for existence, and the migration processes of the population will be intensified.
Do you agree with my opinion?
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El calentamiento global es un fenómeno físico q puede ocurrir al deterioro de la capa de ozono. Los científicos y expertos buscaran una solución para conservar la vida en el planeta Tierra. Por ahora debemos protegernos de los rayos solares y el cuidado del medio ambiente.
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I want to learn how to handle and analyse panel data and I am looking for references (handbooks, articles or any other material, but I prefer a good handbook). Preferably using STATA language and focus on social sciences applications. I look forward to your suggestions. Thanks beforehand.
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Here, you can find several hands-on courses on panel data using Stata:
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Could anyone suggest me the Journal in social science for fast publication (Scoups) with some impact factor?
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Prof. Imam Uddin Mahar: Please see the folwoing journal: https://journals.ju.edu.jo/DirasatHum
The problem that I usually face that there are some journals that claim on their sites that they are Scopus-indexed while they aren't. On the other hand, other journals hide the facts by saying some tricks like Scopus (2020) or Scopus (2013).
For instance, one of the journals says at its main portal that it is indexed in Scopus. But I don't find it on the Scopus list. I have written many emails to them, they always ignoring me!
The attached file is an Excel sheet that contains the last updated list. You can download the last version anytime by click on "Scopus source list" from the Scopus portal: https://www.scopus.com
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Would you recommend an open access free journal of Cognitive Linguistics indexed by Scopus or web of social science?
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social science journal list who are free to publish and don't charge authors.
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What is your area of specialization ? There are a lot of fake journals. So you have to be very careful. Thank you.
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is there a historical map of academic disciplines? what is the trend of academic disciplines changes(number, nature and label of disciplines)?
i will be thanks full if someone introduce any article, book, handbook or report about historical map of disciplines and history of academic disciplines.
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Hello,
Yes, a historical mapping of academic disciplines now exists: the "Interactive Historical Atlas of the Disciplines". This website, recently launched at the University of Geneva, is available in open access here:
It is an interactive atlas containing a collection of more than 200 disciplinary maps ("classifications of the sciences" or "knowledge maps") from Antiquity to our time, with thousands historical definitions of academic disciplines extracted from sources. Moreover, it includes several analysis tools (timeline, statistical tools with the ability to chart the evolution of a discipline, iconographic database, advanced search filters). For instance, it is possible to display chronologically a list of historical definitions of an academic discipline in order to study the evolution of its identity over time. The aim of this project is to map the evolution of the disciplinary borders throughout the centuries, and to reconstruct the genealogy of the sciences.
As for a "typology" of the various types of disciplinary systems (namely, the different taxonomic systems underlying these historical "classifications of the sciences"), you could find some insights in my recent paper:
Sandoz, Raphaël (2021), "Thematic Reclassifications and Emerging Sciences", Journal for General Philosophy of Science 52(1), pp. 63–85, available here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-020-09526-2.
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I want to suggest me a journal that publishes fast (scope or ISI index) for sociology, especially for social networks and social capital. The mentioned journal is very response but i am not sure if it is predatory.
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Your question is about the journal “Social Sciences” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci). But it is in essence a question about the publisher behind the journal. This is a recurring discussion here on RG. It boils down to two opposing views where people either like the publishing model of MDPI or not. What puzzles me in this discussion is that arguments that often are used to argue that a journal is predatory (no DOAJ, no serious indexing, no transparency in costs etc. etc.) all of a sudden does not seems to apply for MDPI journals (at least not for those disliking MDPI). Facts are:
-The journal IS a DOAJ member
-The journal IS Scopus indexed (CiteScore 2.3)
-The journal IS WoS indexed (in ESCI for journals eligible for an impact factor by Clarivate)
-Many more indexing and directories like EBSCO, ERIH Plus, SHERPA/RoMEO etc.
-The journal DOES provide transparent info about costs etc.
The publisher MDPI managed to get 160 of their journals indexed in WoS and Scopus. So, based on facts they are not predatory. See for thorough (and unbiased) analysis of this publisher:
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I would like to add some visual example to illustrate the different types of participant observation (complete observer, observer as participant, participant as observer, and complete participant). Any suggestion is welcome.
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Kindly suggest some papers using machine learning or hybrid models of econometrics and machine learning in Social Sciences or Economics Sciences. It would be of great help if the paper contains applications in social sciences or Economics.
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GOPINATH, M.; BATARSEH, F. A.; BECKMAN, J. Machine Learning in gravity models: an application to agricultural trade: NBER WORKING PAPER SERIES. Cambridge, MA: [s.n.]. <http://www.nber.org/papers/w27151>.
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In a regression, I'm using household income and household specific expenditures as independent variables, both with a natural logarithmic transformation, and I want to control them by the household size. I find in the literature that in that kind of cases, it is used the natural logarithm this last variable, but I don't get the logic. If I'm not wrong, the household size is the number of people living in the household, so i find that the interpretation would be very weird: an increase in 1% of the number of people leads to a x% in Y?
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Very nicely explained Renaud Di Francesco Thank you.
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I often read research articles that do not appropriate describe the sampling procedure. For example, the authors mention that the sampling was accidental or purposive but they don’t explain why they had only 10 participants or they say that the sampling was theoretical and describe the a priori established socio-demographic characteristics of their subjects.
I think that the sampling procedure is one of the most important elements of a research. I think that the research should be evaluated according to this procedure and I think that many pieces of research should be rejected because of sampling not being appropriate.
Please help me to clarify this and correct me if I am wrong:
The sampling procedure should state the sampling criteria and should justify the number of participants.
There are two kinds of sampling in social research: statistical – probability or non-probability (when the sampling criteria and the number of participants are established before entering the field according to some rigid sampling rules) and theoretical (when the sampling criteria and the number of participants are flexible, decided in the research process according to relevancy and saturation rules).
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Very useful discussion. I remember, the saying "it is better to study one rat for 1000 hrs rather than studying 1000 rats for one hr if you need to study behaviors of rats". But that particular rat should be selected carefully; not to choose a 'mad' or 'disabled' rat. Now by studying this carefully selected rat (theoretical sampling) we can generalize certain behavioral patterns of rats, as well as can gain a deep understanding of the behavior of rats, in that time and space. Observing 1000 rats, randomly or even purposively (statistical sampling), for one hour would help to identify a single or couple of features of rats, in that particular context. So, the sampling technique depends on the nature (not the purpose) of the research.
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Why are there still people in the 21st century who in some countries do not accept the prevailing knowledge confirmed by scientific research who believe that the Earth is not round is only flat or that the Earth is the center of the Solar System, not the Sun or negating the process the evolution of the origin of various life forms on Earth, etc.?
In my opinion, it is not a question of faith but a lack of knowledge confirmed by scientific research. It is strange, however, that in the 21st century, in the face of the facts widely confirmed in the media, confirmed in many aspects scientifically, on the basis of experiments carried out, space expeditions are still people who ignore this widely available knowledge in the media and create their unjustified theories.
No wonder that even a few centuries ago and before, i.e. in a situation of widespread illiteracy and lack of universal access to knowledge and information, in the absence of media it was easy to maintain, promote anachronistic and illogical theories to implement a specific information policy for the needs of maintaining absolute power, which one of the attributes was access to knowledge and information deliberately restricted for a large part of society, and in some epochs, such as, for example, in the Middle Ages, deliberately limited research possibilities and deliberately placed barriers to the development of science. In such realities, totalitarianisms are easily formed and it is easy to carry out indoctrination of the society by propagating even illogical, unjustified ideologies that are not supported by any scientific research.
Therefore, nowadays access to knowledge and results of scientific research should be universal and unlimited. A large positive role in this matter is played by the Internet and Internet portals such as the Research Gate portal.
Do you agree with my opinion on this matter?
In view of the above, I am asking you the following question:
How has the significance of scientific knowledge changed over the centuries from the point of view of the present day?
Please reply
I invite you to the discussion
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Dear Fatema Miah,
Thank you very much for your answer regarding various aspects and determinants of the development of science.
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I like psychometric tests and I encourage my students to sit for these for free online. However, I have one test which matches careers to personality traits, and one recurring question through this test is similar to the question proposed here. What would you say?
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Certainly..I love my profession
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A population decline (or depopulation) in humans is a reduction in a human population caused by events such as long-term demographic trends, as in sub-replacement fertility, urban decay due to violence, disease, or other catastrophes. According to a controversial theory: shrink and prosper, the accompanying benefits of depopulation could be identified after the post-Civil War Gilded Age, post-World War I economic boom, and the post-World War II economic boom.
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Dear Dr. László Vértesy , thank you for the thought provoking question.
Advantages of a decreasing population
Long term benefits
1. Will bring better balance among the living beings/organisms.
2. Extinction of Religions and Gods
3. People will celebrate life. I think there will be no artificial, man-made death in the name of God(s), Religion, Nationality etc.,
4. People will die only by natural causes. The reaming few (People) will support each other to save the life other every other person.
Short term benefits
1. Less pollution, Lesser need for food, land and other resources.
2. More pet animals are saved from the harassment of humankind and live in their natural habitat. They may live happily (may be unhappily at times) with their Father, Mother, Sisters, Brothers and could escape from the confinement.
Disadvantages of a decreasing population
1. Long term impact - Extinction of Languages, Culture, Food Choices
2. Short term impact - Economy will shrink, more unemployment, population will have fewer young people supporting huge number of elders.
3. The streets, seemingly empty streets, buildings etc., may look devilish.
Some useful links:
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share my views.
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New ideas, new concepts in science and art arise as a result of human creativity, innovation, emotional intelligence, the need for self-realization, the need to be appreciated by other people. These are the values at the very top of Maslov's pyramid. Human higher needs arose through the evolution of human consciousness and intelligence under conditions of multi-generational development of sociobiological and psychosocial determinants.
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Treating the subject of the "Genesis of human creativity" means that creativity has a very specific task, where the "necessary light" to be creative resides within the being of our own essence. Each being has an "internal light" within himself, a light that has always led him to reflection when he perceives the priority interest in something that attracts him. In fact, when perceiving that light, raised by reason, or by the moment of reasoning, we do not want to reach and search for anything else, but to know how to make "go out", or rather, how to get out that "source of light" that we leads to "be creative". However, imagination always precedes us. In fact, "reason" serves to guide us towards a search for the "source" of the same moment granted to the imagination. "Human creativity" begins where knowledge of these preliminary steps ends, and that is when "knowledge itself" is "reborn" of creativity. The current perception of the crisis, due to Covid-19, adds to the same "light" a generalized feeling of "fear", "instability and a" feeling of illness ", underlining in our consciousness a feeling of vulnerability and fragility that goes walking by our side as if they were constants of "human individuality", that is why human creativity can suffer fluctuations in the moments in which we perceive that we are creative.
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Urinary incontinence is considered more as a social problem than medical problem. I am doing a research on the prevalence of it in Bangladesh. But unfortunately I can not find any data on it. Can any body help me out?
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Thank you Sharmin Nipa Maam.
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I am looking for a textbook on statistics especially designed for sociology undergrads.
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Thank tou. I'll have a look.
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The current technological revolution known as Industry 4.0 is motivated by the development of the following factors:
- Big Data database technologies,
- cloud computing,
- machine learning,
- Internet of Things,
- artificial intelligence.
On the basis of the development of the new technological solutions mentioned in recent years, the processes of innovatively organized analyzes of large collections of information collected in Big Data database systems dynamically develop.
What other technological improvements, innovative organizational, technical and IT solutions will be developed in the future based on the development of the above-mentioned factors?
What kinds of innovations will be able to be created in the coming years, in the future based on the integration of the above-mentioned main determinants of the development of the current technological revolution known as Industry 4.0?
What kind of new categories of added value may be created in the future if the above-mentioned technological solutions are more involved in the creation of biotechnological, ecological, product and other innovations.
Will new technologies be created in this way, with the help of which it will be possible to generate solutions to the problems of excessive exploitation of Earth resources in the process of civilization development?
Perhaps new innovative technologies for renewable energy sources and the creation of biodegradable substitutes for many non-degradable materials, e.g. plastics, besides the development of biotechnology and energy innovations, etc. will allow major global problems to be solved.
The development of human civilization in the next few decades should give answers to the above questions.
In view of the above, I am asking you with the following question: Has the technological revolution known as Industry 4.0 already achieved its aopgeum of development or is it just the beginning of this revolution?
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In my opinion, the current fourth technological revolution is just beginning. Evidence to support this thesis is the ongoing progress in the creation of new advanced technologies Industry 4.0 and their applications in industry, in improving the offering and implementation of services, in improving the organization and functioning of economic entities and financial and public institutions, in improving the management processes of these entities, etc.
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Which of the methods (Qualitative or Quantitative) would you encourage upcoming scholars to use? Please, any reasons?
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Both are important for gaining different kinds of knowledge.
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I'm working on Geographical Indications in India. I couldn't get enough research publications in that domain. If any sound methods are available, kindly let me know.
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The following research paper might be a relevant:
Few other articles of mine are related to social science issues in developing countries context.
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I am organizing some materials for the MSc and PhD students and want to categorize the references in some dimensions so the students can choose by their own.
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Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences. A sage University paper series. This is an excellent collection of 175 brief volumes addressing quantitative topics such as Regression, Models, Data Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Experimental Design, Factor Analysis, Measurement, ANOVA, Survey Data, and many more areas of interest to faculty and students alike.. I had the entire series and lent them to students on a borrow one, return one arrangement.
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I am interested to know whether or not Kuwait University's Journal of Social Sciences still indexed by Scopus.
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Dear
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do read my reply and have a look at: https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/60824
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What kind of scientific research dominate in the field of: Sustainable development of a pro-ecological new economy?
What do you think is an important topic for discussion?
In my opinion, important questions concern the need to develop ecological and energy innovations that in the 21st century, economies should achieve sustainable development taking into account the dwindling resources and the development of civilizations and the negative effects of this development on the natural environment.
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In the scope of the above-mentioned issues, I propose the following topic: Determinants of the possibility of efficient implementation of the pro-ecological transformation of the traditional economy to a sustainable, green circular economy. When the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic expires, the aforementioned pro-ecological transformation of the economy should become one of the strategic goals of the development of civilization in order to avoid the negative scenario of a global climate crisis that may occur in several dozen years. The determinants of the pro-ecological transformation of the economy include the processes of implementing the sustainable development goals, pro-ecological reforms of implementing eco-innovations in economic processes, including the development of renewable energy sources, etc. Another determinant is pro-environmental state interventionism, including co-financing by the state of the process of pro-ecological transformation of the energy sector. In addition, the issue of pro-environmental awareness of citizens. In order to increase the pro-environmental awareness of citizens, information and educational programs should be developed in various media, including new online media.
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What methodology you favor in dealing with causal inference and why, when RCT is impossible? It's a general, open discussion.
To note: I don't find a topic identical to this, but probably a few similar ones raised as questions with more specific context.
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I haven't found Gini coefficient of US counties at census website. Is there any other website that provide comprehensive data of Gini coefficient of all counties of the United States?
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The University of Wisconsin still operates the County Health Rankings / County Health Facts page supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. You can download a tremendous amount of county-level data from their website at the following link: https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/explore-health-rankings/rankings-data-documentation
There are download links to various formats (.xlsx, .csv, and for SAS).
Although they do not expressly call their income inequality measure the Gini Coefficient, you may be able to use it. Feel free to look at their description below this response. Also, you can use their website to find data from the last several years by U.S. County. You may find some of their other variables useful.
[BELOW TEXT IS VERBATIM FROM THEIR DIGGING DEEPER TABLE]
Income Inequality is a Ratio
Income Inequality is the ratio of household income at the 80th percentile to that at the 20th percentile, i.e., when the incomes of all households in a county are listed from highest to lowest, the 80th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have higher incomes, and the 20th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have lower incomes. A higher inequality ratio indicates greater division between the top and bottom ends of the income spectrum.
Numerator
The numerator is the 80th percentile of median household income in a county. Income, defined as “total income,” is the sum of the amounts reported separately for wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, or net rental or royalty income or income from estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement income;  Supplemental Security Income (SSI); public assistance or welfare payments; retirement, survivor, or disability pensions; and all other income. Receipts from the following sources are not included as income: capital gains, money received from the sale of property (unless the recipient was engaged in the business of selling such property); the value of income “in kind” from food stamps, public housing subsidies, medical care, employer contributions for individuals, etc.; withdrawal of bank deposits; money borrowed; tax refunds; exchange of money between relatives living in the same household; gifts and lump-sum inheritances, insurance payments, and other types of lump-sum receipts.
Denominator
The denominator is the 20th percentile of median household income in a county."
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My study consists of a conceptual framework with seven constructs measured in seven point Likert scale. According to pilot study, only three constructs have Cronbach alpha value more than 0.9 while others remain between 0.7 and 0.8.
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First, I think it's preferable to use the words "coefficient alpha" rather than "Cronbach's alpha", even though the latter is far more common. Even Lee Cronbach himself was embarrassed that people attributed the metric to him. The following article might be helpful with regard to that:
Cho, E., & Kim, S. (2015). Cronbach’s coefficient alpha: Well known but poorly understood. Organizational Research Methods, 18(2), 207–230. https://doi.org/10.1177/ 1094428114555994
Second, I think it's important to realise that, as Cortina pointed out (ref below), alpha is highly dependent on the number of items involved and is certainly not an indication of homogeneity among items. This is often indicated by two or more separate factors on a construct having alpha values in the mid .80s but, when combined, having an alpha above .90.
Cortina, J. M. (1993). What is coefficient alpha? An examination of theory and applications. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78(1), 98–104. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.78.1.98
In my experience, high alpha values are often (but not always) obtained with items that have a quite high degree of redundancy.
When there are fewer than 10 items involved, I think it can be quite OK to have an alpha less than .80.
Rather than relying (solely) on alpha values, I think it's often (more) useful to look at interitem correlations. I would allow some exceptions to their advice, but Clark and Watson recommend that these correlations lie between .15 and .50 - at least for unidimensional scales.
Clark, L. A., & Watson, D. (1995). Constructing validity: Basic issues in objective scale development. Psychological Assessment, 7(3), 309–319. https://doi.org/10.1037/1040-3590.7.3.309
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I have two publications one listed in the web of science master list " European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences " ISSN: 1805-3602 and Second " Journal of Managerial Sciences"
ISSN: 1992-4364, Listed on HEC Pakistan in Y category.
Need your advice and suggestions.
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The RG master list includes journals from 3 databases: WoS, SCOPUS, DOAJ
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In which scientific studies you run or plan to run would be artificial intelligence helpful?
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Dear Vladimir Rotkin,
No. The discussion was not over. The overwhelming majority of the topics discussed in my Research Gate profile are still relevant and the discussions are open. Yes you are right. The issue of varieties of "analytical" artificial intelligence is also important. You added an important point to our discussion.
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1) What are the differences between Order and Anarchy?
2) Any examples of Anarchy in Universe, Nature and known knowledge?
3) Anarchy also follow some rules?
4) Is Anarchy a part of Order?
5) Is anarchy a change maker?
6) Anarchy in real is an Anarchy?
7) Any other parameters and observations about anarchy?
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Very Intersting question and answers.
Anarchy = disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority
Order (has many meanings) = an authoritative command, direction, or instruction.
Order (noun) = the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method
We can say Order and Anarchy are antonyms if consider the word 'order' as noun.
Otherwise 'order' also a kind of 'rule'
For your 1st question order is processing in specified manner. Anarchy is orderless.
As per my knowledge everything in Universe is governed by certain laws, so we may not see Anarchy in Universe and Nature.
Anarchy following rules means yes, politically 'imposing restrictions/unfavourble conditions'.
If come to 'Anarchy as part of order' only for those who imposing Anarchy feel that is part of order.
Anarchy a change maker- certainly all Freedom moments raise beacuse of Anarchy, ultimately changes come.
Parameters- we can specify all laws come under this because they instrcut something to follow.
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Dear Science Community
What is your experience with the open-access journal Social Sciences (ISSN Print: 2326-9863)?
Since I had a publication in a high-ranking journal, I have been receiving requests for submissions, or as a reviewer. There are to many predatory journals ....
Web site and e-mail exchange were okay.
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Very good observation. Having a closer look at the ISSN numbers there is indeed another journal with the same title. One with ISSN number 2326-9863 corresponding to http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/index?journalid=202 a journal published by SciencePG (Science Publishing Group), a publisher known as predatory (among many other reasons also included in the Beall’s list: https://beallslist.net/ ). So, indeed predatory and better avoid.
When it comes to Social Sciences ISSN number 2076-0760 https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci all I can add to my previous reply is that they are now indexed in ESCI (which is the indexing for journals eligible for an impact factor once they are included in the SCIE of Clarivate).
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How machine learning can be helpful for Public Health and Social Science? Please mention some prospective research areas.
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I agree Anthony Vipin Das
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Looking for answers of self citation
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Sometimes it is necessary, for instance, as Michael Uebel writes in his answer.
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Hi all researchers
Please note that the International Journal of Business & Social Science is a predatory journal.
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I visit this journal and observe the following:
Firstly, The journal do not state the processing & publishing fee openly so is one of habit of predictory journal
Secondly, The Journal do not state about publishing ethics
Thirdly, The Journal does not explained well about the qualifications of Reviewers & Editors
So through this observations I don't like to publish in this journal ( predictory Journal). Thank you
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Questions that ask whether or not some statement is true are called yes–no questions (or polar questions, or general questions), since they can in principle be answered by a "yes" or "no" (or similar words or expressions in other languages).
It could be interesting, that in everyday life, usually or statistically or empirically what is the more common answer to a yes/no question.
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I think yes
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1st Euro International Multidisciplinary Conference on Technology, Engineering, Management, Education and Social Sciences EIMCTEMESS'21 12-16 November, 2021 Madrid, Spain.
I want to know whether this is a genuine link or fake.
I am invited by them as a speaker.
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As said by Rodney Duffett be careful with this one. Looking at their site: https://www.eimctemess.org/index.html I see (when scrolling down) a lot of suspicious (known as misleading metrics: ) logo’s like CiteFactor, DRJI and meaningless ones like DOAJ and Elsevier (I mean meaningless in the sense why are they added. Are they linked to Elsevier? Member of DOAJ? I don’t think so).
Still, it might be a good initiative. I suggest you contact Prof. Juan Arias Masa (Chair), according to their site he is a member of the organizing committee. He is here on RG and it might be a good idea to ask him about this. If he is aware of this and is willing to link his name to this it might be a legit organization.
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