SAGE Connection’s Top 5 Posts for 2014


As the year comes to a close we would like to take a look back at our top five posts on SAGE Connection from 2014. Since its launch, our goal for SAGE Connection has been to share top tips for research and publishing, important industry news, highlight new and exciting research from SAGE researchers (on our SAGE Insight column), and publish opinion pieces about the world of scholarship and higher education. Here are some of our most popular posts that we hope did just that:

  1. SAGE Open: A graphic representation of growth in 3 years and 500 articles

In 2014, just shy of its third birthday, SAGE Open announced the publication of its 500th article! In honor of this momentous event, we created a graphic representation to reflect and assess the progress of SAGE’s premiere open access journal in the humanities, social, and behavioral sciences. The infographic demonstrates SAGE Open’s journey, growth, readership and reactions.

2. Concrete Advice for Writing Informative Abstracts

In this post, Patrick Dunleavy, co-director of Democratic Audit, chair of the London School of Economics Public Policy Group, and a professor of political science at the LSE offers useful tips on how to carefully write informative abstracts. He provides a checklist on how to improve abstracts, including appropriate length, style, and language. This piece is not only great for academics who are just starting out with their careers but also for more experienced individuals who are seeking to refine their writing skills as well.

3. Stuck with writing for academic publication? Check out these top tips!

Sometimes one of the hardest things to write about is your own work. When it comes to academic writing, how do you get started describing a subject that you know so well while ensuring that you explain everything clearly for the reader? This post provides great tips on how to get started by asking the question, “What is it that I am really writing about” and helping writers identify with potential readers.

4. 7 Strategies for Scholars Publishing Qualitative Research from an Associate Editor

Trish Reay, associate editor for Family Business Review, provides seven strategies that capture most of the advice she has received throughout the years as well as personal experience with managing manuscripts. Most of her tips focus on strategies that will help qualitative researchers – especially newer ones—navigate the publishing process.

5. 10 Top Tips to Avoid Immediate Paper Rejection

Trying to publish a paper in an academic journal can be an editor challenging process. Jon Billsberry, outgoing editor of the Journal of Management Education, understands this completely. In his editorial “Desk-Rejects: 10 Top Tips to Avoid the Cull” from the February issue of the journal, he provides 10 tips to help avoid an immediate rejection.


**Research articles mentioned within these top 5 posts will be free until January 31, 2015. 

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