Special Issue "Advances in the Social Sciences"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Martin J. Bull
University of Salford, Crescent House, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, UK
Phone: +44 161 295 9002
Interests: contemporary Italian politics; southern European politics; democratization; political corruption; the European left, west European communism and party political change; European Union politics
This first Special Issue of Social Sciences goes to the heart of the mission of the journal, which is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and understanding between the different disciplines in the social sciences, thus providing a stronger foundation for the development of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research.
All disciplines in the social sciences are undergoing constant change in the direction and focus of their research as well as in their approaches and methods, in response to the challenges thrown up in the real world. Many of these changes occur in the sub-disciplines, which have, over time, grown in strength and autonomy. For these reasons, despite the promotion from within the academy of interdisciplinary research and despite the demands on the academy (from governments, the European Union and public/private funding bodies) to encourage and facilitate the growth of cross-disciplinary research, such an activity is hampered by the difficulties of different disciplines to be aware of developments elsewhere and to exchange knowledge in a common forum.
This journal is a modest step in this direction by providing a common forum where high quality articles on any discipline in the social sciences can be submitted and published, thus exposing readers from different disciplines to the work of others. This special issue specifically attempts to focus on recent disciplinary and sub-disciplinary advances and new avenues and approaches, and notably those which authors feel are of potential interest to other disciplines or sub-disciplines, especially from the point of view of future common research.
We therefore invite contributions to this Special Issue from all relevant disciplines in the social sciences: anthropology, economics, law, linguistics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology and area studies. The focus of the contributions should be on latest advances in disciplinary or sub-disciplinary areas, and these may relate to both method and substantive content, or both (e.g. via case studies). Where possible, we encourage authors to provide some indication of the potential benefits of these advances both for their own discipline and others. The subject-matter of the submissions may be as broad or narrow as necessary to demonstrating the nature and significance of the development in approach or substance.
Prof. Dr. Martin J. Bull
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
Soc. Sci. 2013, 2(1), 23-39; doi:10.3390/socsci2010023
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 28 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 7 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (244 KB)
Article: Understanding the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Wage Decomposition of the Earnings Disparities between Native-Born Canadians and Recent Immigrant Cohorts
Soc. Sci. 2013, 2(2), 40-61; doi:10.3390/socsci2020040
Received: 25 February 2013; in revised form: 28 March 2013 / Accepted: 28 March 2013 / Published: 9 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (168 KB)
Article: Interactions in Generalized Linear Models: Theoretical Issues and an Application to Personal Vote-Earning Attributes
Soc. Sci. 2013, 2(2), 91-113; doi:10.3390/socsci2020091
Received: 7 February 2013; in revised form: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 25 April 2013 / Published: 7 May 2013| Download PDF Full-text (510 KB)
Article: Why an Unbiased External R&D Evaluation System is Important for the Progress of Social Sciences—the Case of a Small Social Science Community
Soc. Sci. 2013, 2(4), 284-297; doi:10.3390/socsci2040284
Received: 20 October 2013; in revised form: 11 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013| Download PDF Full-text (164 KB)
Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(1), 71-83; doi:10.3390/socsci3010071
Received: 24 November 2013; in revised form: 27 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014| Download PDF Full-text (68 KB)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Interactions in Generalized Linear Models: Theoretical Issues and an Application to Voter Information in Comparative Politics
Authors: Tsung-han Tsai and Jeff Gill
Affiliation: Washington University, USA; E-Mails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Abstract: There is some confusion in political science, and the social sciences in general, about the meaning and interpretation of interaction effects in models with non-interval, non-normal outcome variables. Often these terms are casually thrown into a model specification without observing that their presence fundamentally changes the interpretation of the resulting coefficients. The work here explains the conditional nature of reported coefficients and their standard errors in models with interactions, defining the necessarily different interpretation required by generalized linear models, and providing a general analytical method for correctly calculating coefficient standard errors in models with second-order or higher interactions. Methodological issues are illustrated with an application of generalized linear models with interactions applied to voter information and resulting legislator behavior in comparative politics.
Last update: 17 April 2013