Meet the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team

We are delighted to introduce you to the Author Relations Team here at SAGE Journals. Amy, Eleanor, Jennie, Jessica, Kathleen, Sammy, and Tara work together to provide high-quality resources to support prospective and published authors across all disciplines. Visit the Journal Author Gateway to find out more about how we can support you on your publishing journey with SAGE.

Amy Ellis-Thompson, Publishing Editor

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Publishing Editor in the Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Editorial Team at SAGE, based in London, working with editors and societies across a range of journals. I act in an advisory role in the team, bringing experience and feedback from our Editors and publishing partners as to how we can continue to improve our publishing proposition and the resources that we provide for authors.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

Before joining SAGE in 2017, I worked as Managing Editor for a public health charity. My other previous roles include Editor at a mental health charity and Editorial Assistant at an independent academic publishing company. I have Master’s degree in Medieval Literature (not something I use every day) and a BA in English Literature & Language from Oxford University.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Always something happening!

Why are you interested in working with authors?

Authors are the foundation of our business. Working closely with our authors, and understanding the different pressures that they face, helps us to heighten the impact of their research and best support them through the process of submission, to publication, to wider dissemination.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I would love to visit the Dehradun office in India. The beautiful setting is a big draw!

 Eleanor Howell, Marketing Manager

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Marketing Manager in the Journals team at SAGE and I lead the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team. I set our objectives and strategies for developing resources and communicating with our journal authors.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

Before I started working at SAGE, I worked in marketing at Faculty of 1000, and was involved in the launch of F1000Research (an open science journal). Prior to Faculty of 1000, I worked at a small publisher as an Editorial Assistant, and also as part of a university’s press team.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Varied, creative, inspiring.

Why are you interested in working with authors?

Many of my friends and family work in academia, and I am inspired every day by the work that they do. I always celebrate with them when their work is published. An important part of my job is building relationships with our authors, editors, and societies and I am proud to work as part of a team that aims to support authors on their journey to getting published.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I would love to visit my colleagues in our Los Angeles office and take a California road trip – I’ve done it a couple of times already, but it’s my favourite US state!

 Jessica Lipowski, Publishing Editor

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Publishing Editor on the Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) Editorial team at SAGE, so I mainly act in an advisory role. In that capacity, I help audit current content and strategize the best way to frame our author offerings.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

My background is in project and account management, marketing, business development, and self-publishing. Before joining SAGE in the summer of 2017, I spent six years living and working in Amsterdam. Much of my time was dedicated to writing a non-fiction book entitled Flavors of Life. I’m originally from Michigan, but my wandering soul has led me from the Great Lakes State to the Netherlands and subsequently to California.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Supportive, interconnected, social.

Why are you interested in working with authors?

Authors spend an extensive amount of time – months, even years – conducting studies, analysing data, and compiling findings. This scholarly research is at the heart of a healthy society. Authors are contributing to the world, and we as publishers help disseminate that knowledge. It is an honor to help make the entire publishing process as smooth as possible for authors, from submission all the way to post-publication and marketing.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

Melbourne, namely because Australia is high on my wander list! Between the coffee and smoothie culture, friendly laid-back people, and the outdoors (hey, sounds a lot like SoCal), the Land Down Under is calling my name.

 

Jennie Atkinson, Senior Publishing Editor

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Senior Publishing Editor in the Science, Technology and Medicine team. I work with editors and societies, mainly to ensure that the journals we publish provide authors with the best publishing proposition possible. I am responsible for the Journal Author and Editor Gateways. The Gateways provide information for authors and editors to answer questions regarding their submission, our publication policies, and ethical issues, as well as helping them to promote their article or journal in the best ways possible. I keep the Gateways updated to ensure they remain a relevant and useful resource.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

I completed a Master’s Degree in Publishing and then worked for Taylor & Francis. I have been at SAGE nearly six years – time has flown!

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Problem-solving, diverse, rewarding.

Why are you interested in working with authors?

SAGE is a really people-focused company and authors are hugely important to us. It’s important that we help and support our journal authors to ensure that they have a positive experience publishing their research, from submission to post publication.  Together, the Author Relations Team aims to ease the process for authors and provide the support they require regardless of whether it is the author’s first or hundredth paper that they are publishing.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I am really keen to visit the New Delhi office, and hopefully I will get an opportunity to soon. It will be great to meet my colleagues and I’d also like to see a tiger in the wild!

Kathleen Sargeant, Marketing Manager

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Marketing Manager in the Open Access team at SAGE, and so I help tailor our Author Relations content to authors looking to publish their articles in open access journals.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

Before I started at SAGE, I worked in Journals Marketing at Oxford University Press for two years. I’m a small-town girl, having studied English and Modern History at the University of St Andrews. So I moved from a windswept Scottish town, to the City of Dreaming Spires with some trepidation, but I feel almost like a real Londoner now.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Experimental, fruitful, people-oriented.

Why are you interested in working with authors?

One of the main reasons that I love working at SAGE is that a great deal of what we do is focused on people and managing relationships. One of the most important relationships, of course, is that which we have with our authors. And I want to be able to support our authors at every stage of their relationship with us as a publisher – from the moment they begin to think about where their research should be published, to the time when they are focusing on getting their article read and cited. And so I’m proud to be able to provide them with that support through the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I would love to visit our offices in Los Angeles. As a member of a global team, I work every day with colleagues based in the LA office and it would be great to see them all and where they work every day. Of course, I’d have to take lots of suntan lotion to protect my Celtic skin!

Sammy Evans, Marketing Assistant

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

My role is as the Marketing Assistant for the Journals Team, and I assist Eleanor as lead on the Author Relations Team as well.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

Before SAGE, I worked as the Social Media Manager for Red Hen Press, an independent poetry press based in Los Angeles, as well as a bookseller at Flintridge Books;I love the independents – ! that includes SAGE! Prior to that, I studied English and Modern History at the University of St Andrews, like Kathleen! We Saints stick together.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Supportive, communicative, tweeting.

Why are you interested in working with authors?

Working with authors is my favourite part of my role. Our authors are doing such vital and interesting work for the global community; knowing that I am supporting them in communicating their research is what motivates me to work in academic publishing.

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I’d most like to visit the New Delhi office! I love experiencing new cultures, and I find the history of India as a nation absolutely fascinating. They have such rich traditions. Also, Kucha Kucha Hota Hai (1998, Karan Johar) is one of my favourite films.

Tara Stivers, Marketing Manager

What is your role in the SAGE Journals Author Relations Team?

I am a Marketing Manager in the Journals Team, and manage the marketing strategy for a portfolio of titles that span the medical, health, and social science disciplines. I have supported the Author Relations team by helping provide resources and services that enable authors to promote their published work.

What was your background before you started working at SAGE?

I am a SAGE ‘returner’, having worked for Corwin Press as a Marketing Manager from 2002-2004. Between that and returning to SAGE in 2016, I ran a business providing services as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, and birth doula. I also have previous experience in marketing and market research roles at technology companies.

How would you sum up your job in three words?

Keep the pace!

Why are you interested in working with authors?

I enjoy the idea of helping get the story behind the research we publish out to the wider audience. Why is this research important for the field or for society in general, and how can we help it make an impact?

SAGE has offices all around the world. Which office would you most like to visit, and why?

I would love to have the opportunity to visit the SAGE Melbourne office. I was fortunate to spend a year in Australia in college and absolutely loved the country and the people I met there. I have been thinking about going back ever since!

     
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