SAGE Research Methods Online was launched to rave reviews at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting in San Diego in early January.
SRMO provides advanced search and discovery tools to support researchers and students as they explore relevant content across the social and behavioral sciences, covering quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. The launch this month follows a Beta period, allowing three months of free access to a test version of the product for potential subscribers. During the Beta more than 19,000 individuals and more than 550 institutions registered for access, with several sales made globally pre-release.
“SRMO takes SAGE’s legacy of Research Methods publishing into the future, using new technology to provide a tool to support the research process on a global scale” said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. “Onto a core base of content, SAGE has developed new, innovative functionality to support students and scholars as they tackle questions around methods concepts, research design and the use and application of methods in their research.”
More than 120,000 pages of SAGE’s leading book and reference material on research methods are available through SRMO. Key tools include a visual ‘methods map’, enabling exploration of the connections between more than 1,400 unique methods, theories, and terms; and the SRMO List function which enables users to store and share selected content.
Feedback during the Beta period has been incorporated into the final product, including improved search results display; an enhanced Methods Map design; and simplified registration.
‘We were delighted by the market response to the Beta version of SRMO and have used the valuable feedback provided by registrants in the final version of the site,” said Marar. “We are very proud to bring to the market a product that we feel offers not only world-leading content from a broad range of sources—books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, videos— but a truly unique search and discovery solution too”.