Entries in journal articles (3)


The Scientist (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Replications)

When people ask me what I do, I talk about being a professor and a social psychologist, but first and foremost I am a scientist, though probably not the type with a white lab coat and microscopes you had in mind. My colleagues and I use scientific perspectives and methods to investigate topics like interpersonal relationships, dreams, and morality. Our fields depend on the integrity of the scientific process (generating hypotheses, testing them with sound methods and measures, and running analyses). This article is about a crucial element of relationship science that, until recently, our journal editors have somewhat neglected: replication.

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Is Science Knowledge Stuck in Libraries and Labs?

Image source: rothamsted.bbsrc.ac.ukMuch like a falling tree, if research is published in a journal that nobody reads, does it have much of an impact on people’s lives? A recent study reveals that whereas the amount of scientific research published in academic journals has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, very little (and I mean VERY little— e.g., less than .005% of publications in psychology) makes its way from the halls of academia into the mass media. Not surprisingly, most people don’t have the time to read scientific journals (this is even true of many academics), don't have the background to wade through all the technical jargon, or don't have access to the actual articles

As this story points out, there is a real need for an effective system that disseminates quality science to a wider audience. This is exactly the mission we’ve embarked upon here at ScienceofRelationships; we’re apparently on the cutting edge of this trend by bringing relationships research to the masses in a manner that makes it useful to people in the real world.

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How Do I Access Journal Articles?

Okay, this isn't the normal sort of Q&A that we'll be doing, but I wasn't sure how to categorize this one, and technically it is a question you may have, so I've labelled it as such.

One thing that I felt compelled to do in my previous entries is include a handful of citations for relevant journal articles and/or book chapters. I suppose you can't beat the teacher and researcher out of me; it's just second nature. My guess is that other contributors will also provide references with their entries.

So maybe you, the reader, are interested in learning more about the particular topic that we've written about and actually want to read one or more of the papers we've cited. Good for you! But you may wonder how to get your hands on those articles. For those who haven't accessed journal articles before, I thought it might be useful for me to give some tips: 

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