SAGE Open – new open access journal for social sciences

From the press release today:

SAGE Open: a new publication to support open access publishing in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

SAGE Open will publish peer-reviewed original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. The journal will offer authors quick review and decision times; a speedy, continuous-publication format; and global distribution for their research via the SAGE Journals Online platform. The articles will also be guaranteed professional copyediting and typesetting.

The publication supports the growing number of authors who require their articles to be freely available on publication, either because of personal preference or because of university or government mandates.

Unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open will not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather it will accept articles solely on the basis of the quality of the research, evaluating the scientific and research methods of each article for validity.

“SAGE’s position as a global leader in social science publishing gives authors submitting their work to SAGE Open an assurance of high quality,” said Jayne Marks, Vice President and Editorial Director for SAGE’s Library Information Group. “We will be creating an advisory board consisting of discipline leaders and a large editorial board of subject experts to ensure high quality publication.”

SAGE Open will also include several enhanced features to give readers greater power to determine the significance of articles published, with usage metrics, commenting features, subject categories, article ranking and recommendations.

“SAGE has a long history of supporting and nurturing new interdisciplinary fields of research,” said Bob Howard, Director of Social Science Journals. “By covering multiple disciplines in one place, we hope that SAGE Open will also facilitate the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.”

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