The changing field of research methods- Part 6

Capture.wowThe rise of big data offers countless opportunities for social scientists to listen to millions of voices and observe billions of interactions at a scale never seen before. However, social scientists face a myriad of different challenges in order to effectively engage with this wealth of knowledge. In August, we examined these issues and the future of research methods by launching our Big Data and Social Research monthly newsletter. You can find out more here and sign up here.

Our newsletter is just one of many research methods highlights we have from August. Read about the others below:

Addressing the rise of big data and its impact on social research

PR00022_Gary King lecture banners_v22One way that SAGE Publishing keeps a pulse on the latest research methods trends is by listening to the thought leaders of today and we are delighted that our lecture with Dr. Gary King, the director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, has been shared even more widely on the LSE Impact blog. The article addresses the transformational power of big data – and big data analytics – and includes a recording of the event.

Complementing the video above, we’d like to bring your attention to this collection of recorded sessions from this year’s International Conference on Computational Social Science. Sponsored in part by SAGE, this conference featured a community of interdisciplinary researchers who explored questions critical to the future of applying computer science and big data techniques to social science research. See the videos here.

Celebrating 40 years of the Little Green Books

In 1976 we launched Quantitative Applications in the Social Science, now more commonly known as the ‘Little Green Books.’ These concise guides have taught cutting-edge quantitative techniques to generations of students across the social and behavioural sciences. Now with 175 titles and 2 million copies in print, the series is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing 40 #LittleGreenFacts. You can see two examples below with one that describes how the Little Green Books ended up green in the first place. Keep an eye on @SAGE_Methods over the coming months to see them!

Sharing research methods teaching best practices

MethodSpace blogger Janet Salmons provided insight on Research Method Cases and why teachers should use them. These takeaways come from the SAGE Research Methods Cases article How to Use Cases in Research Methods Teaching: An Author and Editor’s View, find out more here.

Janet recently held a webinar on her new SAGE book, Doing Qualitative Research Online. Watch the archived version here.

The latest news on methods textbooks


Helen Salmon

Looking specifically at our textbook development, we interviewed Helen Salmon, Senior Acquisitions Editor  at SAGE, to reflect on the importance of research methods as the field undergoes a period of rapid transformation. You can read the full interview here.





Robert Dingwall

Another textbook we highlighted last month was the new The SAGE Handbook of Research Management, by co-editors Robert Dingwall and Mary Byrne McDonnell. Robert held a webinar discussing best practises for managing research groups and building the skills necessary for research managers to excel. Watch the webinar and read the follow-up Q& A here.

Does all this talk about methods textbooks pique your interest in writing a one of your own? According to a new study by Elliott Green at LSE, writing a methods textbook is likely to get you more citations. Find out more about the process and what it takes here.

The changing field of research methods’ series is part of a monthly SAGE research methods update, focusing on developments in the field, engagement in key debates, innovative new products and publications as well as top tips for those working with new and emerging research methods techniques. Interested in reading more? The rest of the series can be read here.


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