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A SAGE Perspective by David Ross, Executive Publisher – Open Access, SAGE

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  • BBSRC – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilNERC – natural EnvironmentScience and Tech FacilitiesESRC - AHRC
  • Cf 60% in biological and life science
  • Next challenge was how to engage a community whose understanding of OA was limited.Decide to build a broach church. By not having a dedicated Ed board it’s a broad as it can be – i.e. it’s the whole community.
  • Explaining what the criteria was
  • BBSRC – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilNERC – natural EnvironmentScience and Tech FacilitiesESRC - AHRC
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    • 1. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences A SAGE Perspective David Ross, Executive Publisher – Open Access
    • 2. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC
    • 3. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 334 journals but only 9% of Social Science journals levy any charge Medicine 23% Health Sciences 23% Science 18% Social Sciences 11% Technology and Engineering 8% Biology and Life Sciences 8% Agriculture 5% Mathematics 4% DOAJ Articles by Subject
    • 4. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Why SAGE Open? ● Leading Social Science publisher – founded 50 years ago with Urban Affairs Review ● Supporting and nurturing interdisciplinary research ● Campaign for Social Science and social science research ● Independent – long term view, the HSS funding challenge ● The first HSS “mega journal” - premier destination for quality OA research in HSS
    • 5. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC SAGE Open: Facts and stats ● Opened for submssions Dec 2010 ● Launched April 2011 with 6 papers ● Over 2,900 submissions from 104 countries to date ● 1500 submissions in 2013 ● 500 articles published ● Over 730,000 Downloads
    • 6. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC What APC in HSS? $195 $395 $99 SAGE Open survey: Over 70% constituted personal payments 904 432 1.414 0 150 300 450 600 750 900 1050 1200 1350 1500 2011 2012 2013 $695 List Price
    • 7. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Monthly submissions data 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Submissions by Month 2011 2012 2013
    • 8. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC How many Editors & Reviewers? 23,770 registered reviewers 7,400 invited to review 3,572 reviewed 12,062 invited article editors 2,100 agreed article editors
    • 9. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC The challenge 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 2011 2012 2013 #ofDays Time to First Decision
    • 10. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC SAGE Open Rejection Rate 41 38 112 270 142 191 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 2011 2012 2013 Articles Rejected by Year # Desk Rejects # Reject w/Review 61% 62% 62% 57% 56% 54% 50% 52% 54% 56% 58% 60% 62% 64% 2011 2012 2013 Reject Rate by Year w/desk rejects Excluding desk rejects
    • 11. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Where are our authors? Australia Canada India Iran Nigeria United Kingdom United States 2011 23 41 65 32 29 19 411 2012 17 29 14 19 21 12 170 2013 74 61 76 74 73 64 423 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 NumberofSubmissions Top 7 Submitting Countries
    • 12. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 71% of respondents said SAGE Open was their first choice Top considerations for submitting: ● SAGE’s reputation ● Subject fit ● Quality of previously published authors or papers ● Internationality of journal
    • 13. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Top subjects for submissions 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 Education Psychology Sociology Management Communication Political Science Humanities Criminology Economics Research Methods
    • 14. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Citations ● Total Cited SAGE Open Articles: 65 ● SAGE Open Articles cited by ISI ranked journals: 23 ● Total Citations: 112 ● Citations by ranked journals: 31 ● Most citations of one article: 10
    • 15. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Lessons Learnt ● Selection Mechanisms Different in HSS ● Intellectual Property is the idea itself ● Immediacy not so crucial ● Licensing - Concerns over derivative use ● SAGE Open is additive – it has created a new vehicle
    • 16. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC
    • 17. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC
    • 18. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC ―The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed‖ William Gibson
    • 19. PSP – Feb, 2014 Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Thank You david.ross@sagepub.co.uk

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