‘Open in order to…’- 5 OA editors respond

By Kimberley Simpson, Marketing Executive, Open Access, SAGE Publishing

Open Access Week has become a key fixture of the academic calendar, marked every year to collectively discuss, debate and strategize the opportunities and challenges posted by OA as a global scholarly community. This year’s theme is ‘Open in order to…’ and for SAGE this means being ‘Open in order to increase author choice’. We now publish over 190 gold OA journals (see highlights from our OA program 2017), but of these journals what does ‘Open in order to’ mean to their editors?

Today, on the last day of OA Week 2017, we are delighted to bring you a collection of views from five of our OA editors:

Evolutionary Psychology cover

“Open access provides one way for faculty and especially undergraduate and graduate students to access research without delay and without personal financial hardship.”

Todd K. Shackelford, Oakland University, USA, Editor-in-Chief Evolutionary Psychology


International Journal of Qualitative Methods cover “Open research is one way of facilitating knowledge sharing with the world. Technology means all this can happen instantly, which is truly transformative in this ever-changing and ever-challenging world.”

Dr. Alexander Clark, University of Alberta, Canada, Corresponding Editor International Journal of Qualitative Methods

“Open access provides the American Journal of Men’s Health with the opportunity to make men’s health science available to a wider audience and support the advancement of clinical specialization of men’s health around the world. Open access is one way of transcending geographical boundaries and financial barriers.”

-Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, LSU Health New Orleans, School of Nursing, USA, Editor-in-Chief American Journal of Men’s Health

European View cover “To European View, open access means the ability to disseminate knowledge to the broadest possible audience. It allows students, researchers, journalists, politicians, and the general public to access and use the findings of our authors without restriction. This is very important for the journal because its goal is to put forward new ideas and encourage open debate on them.”

-Tomi Huhtanen and Niklas Nováky, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor-in-Chief European View

Digital Health cover “Digital Health is open in order to:

  • Bring a voice and visibility to the emerging field of digital health.
  • Create a vibrant community for scholarly discourse in the field of digital health.
  • Encourage high-quality scientific discourse in a new and exciting field.”

-Assistant Professor John Hixson, MD, University of California, USA, Editor-in-Chief Digital Health

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