News from the Academy

“Latest developments and news”

In this section you can find selected public statements by social scientists and reports on current questions of analytical-empirical sociology that have been published in different media formats.

Article published: 12.06.2020
Checklist for Quantitative Social Science Articles

This document provides a checklist for quantitative social science articles. A good article will achieve most of the items in this checklist. Go through all items and check whether your article fulfills them. Be aware that not all items may apply to your article. A second purpose is to standardize the reporting in social science articles. Studies showed that many published articles in the Social Sciences do not fulfill even minimal reporting standards. With this document we intend to contribute towards such minimal reporting standards.
This document is a Academy of Sociology resource paper  - compiled by Josef Brüderl (LMU München), Christoph Bühler (University of Hannover) and Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (University of Bamberg).

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Article published: 19.05.2020
The strength of analytical-empirical sociology


Thomas Hinz

"Analytical-empirical sociology builds on clear theory and necessarily confronts theoretical statements with empirical results. It is very important that research is transparent and uses adequate methods. It is open to all appropriate conceptual, theoretical and empirical approaches, methods and procedures. And, I think it stimulates a cumulative development of existing knowledge in the social sciences."
Former Academy of Sociology president Thomas Hinz is interviewed by Wojtek Przepiorka for The AGORA Newsletter of the Rationality and Society Section of the American Sociological Association and the Research Committee 45 on Rational Choice of the International Sociological Association (Winter 2019/Spring 2020).

See full interview here.

Article published:
AS dissertation award 2019 for Hanno Kruse

This prize for the best dissertation was awarded for the first time this year to Hanno Kruse (University of Cologne) for his work “Close Neighbors, Separate Lives. An Investigation of Residential Barriers and Bridges to the Social Integration of Young Immigrants in Germany” at the conference of the Academy of Sociology in Constance on September 15, 2019. In the cumulative dissertation, Kruse examines the influence of social spaces on the integration of young people of migrant origin in Germany. The jury (Hartmut Esser, Anette Fasang, Cornelia Kristen & Karl Ulrich Mayer) selected the work defended in Mannheim 2017 from a large number of high-quality submissions.

Article published:
Provision & Handling of Research Data

On September 25, 2019, the General Assembly of the Academy of Sociology adopted the “Guidelines for Handling Research Data in Sociology” in Constance. Reusable data is essential for open and transparent research, and a key prerequisite for making empirical results comprehensible across individuals. In addition, reusable data enables questions that were not foreseeable at the time of primary surveys to be investigated at a later date, ensuring resource-saving use of public funds and optimal knowledge gain through cumulative research.

Here is the full position paper.