Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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core definition

Metascience is research into science as a developer of knowledge.

explanatory context

Etymologically, it is something coming 'after' science, or 'about' science.


Science is here taken to refer to any empirically grounded area of enquiry, through which theoretical statements about the nature of the world (physical, natural or social) are made. This position is synonomous with such terms as 'Wissenschaft', 'scienza' and 'nauka'.

analytical review


associated issues


related areas

See also



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