How sage arrived at the decision to launch in a field where the perceived wisdom was that because of the lack of funding. SAGE-Hindawi COPE SOAP SAGE-Open
August 2011: Secured agreement from university officials to e-mail Harvard, Columbia, and Lund (Sweden) faculty informing them of the availability of their own institutions’ OA funds for publication support No-one has really thought about HSS to date.
Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences David Ross, Publisher, STM Lucy Robinson, Publisher, HSS
Listed below are a series of statements, both positive and negative, concerning Open Access <ul><li>Open Access unfairly penalises research-intensive institutions </li></ul><ul><li>It is not beneficial for the general public to have access to published research </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access publishing undermines the system of peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access publishing is more cost-effective than subscription-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers should retain the rights to their published work </li></ul>
<ul><li>Publicly-funded research should be made available to be read and used by the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Articles that are available by Open Access are likely to read and cited more. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access publishing leads to an increase in the publication of poor quality research </li></ul><ul><li>If authors pay publication fees out of their research grants there will be less money available for research </li></ul>
Reasons for submitting to a particular journal? Rank Answer Options 5 1 Subject specialty to fit 1553 2 Internationality of journal 928 3 Quality of previously published authors or papers 919 4 Reputation of Editor/Editorial Board 676 5 Availability of an online submission and peer review system 605 6 Quality of editorial office services (peer review standards, levels of responsiveness and timeliness) 600 7 Expected overall speed from submission to publication 586 8 Thomson ISI Impact Factor ranking 566 9 Recommendation of peer(s) or faculty members 546 10 Reputation of publisher 477 11 Quality of publisher services (communication & production standards in print and online journal) 432 12 The availability of a Publish Ahead of Print service 354 13 Marketing and promotion by publisher 189
Routes to content? Top 3 search engines No. Referring site Visits % of visits Pages per visit Avg. Time on Site % New Visits Bounce Rate 1 google 39,124,826 95.12% 2.21 00:01:43 81.89% 61.86% 2 bing 691,565 1.68% 2.6 00:01:53 86.38% 60.35% 3 yahoo 638,709 1.55% 2.56 00:02:00 85.34% 62.22%
Away from the journal towards an article economy? <ul><li>Future brand authority of journal and publisher? </li></ul><ul><li>Post peer review (open commentary and open metrics) as the new authority? </li></ul><ul><li>Paper/author versus Journal metrics: does how we measure and evaluate research change with OA? </li></ul>
“ PLoS ONE debuted in the Journal Citation Report for the first time with a respectable impact factor of 4.351. This score puts the open access journal in the top 25th percentile for biology publications. But might this sudden success be more of a bane than a boon to PLoS ONE, blogger Philip Davis asks. It may turn out that accepting 70 percent of the manuscripts submitted to your journal gets a bit trickier when you're flooded with papers”. Read more: New impact factors yield surprises - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57500/#ixzz1boXLfajl
SAGE Open: Overview <ul><li>First broad-scale OA product tailored to the social sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive, methodology-based peer-review and continuous, rapid publication </li></ul><ul><li>New features enable the community to extend peer-review beyond acceptance </li></ul>
Innovative Features <ul><li>Reader comments </li></ul><ul><li>5-star article ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Article-level usage statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous publication </li></ul><ul><li>Browse by subject </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul>
<ul><li>Article-level usage updated monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Open to the public: link located in article-info column on every article page </li></ul><ul><li>With peer-review focused on quality/validity (vs. significance), article-level usage helps determine article impact </li></ul>
SAGE Open: YTD Data <ul><li>Peer-review launched January 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>527 submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>61 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SJO site ( www.sageopen.com ) launched May 16 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 articles published to date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>368 Facebook fans </li></ul>
Submissions by Country (Top 10) United States 139 28% India 40 8% Iran, Islamic Republic of 26 5% Canada 22 4% Pakistan 13 3% United Kingdom 12 2% Nigeria 11 2% Australia 8 2% Israel 8 2% Portugal 8 2%
Submissions by Subject Education 71 Psychology 62 Management 48 Sociology 44 Political Science 37 Communication 37 Humanities 22 Economics 21
Decision Statistics Decision # of Manuscripts % of Total Accept 5 6.8% Accept Pending Minor Revision 20 27.4% Immediate Reject 10 13.7% Major Revision 19 26.0% Reject 19 26.0%
1The "Current issue TOC" count is not summed into the monthly total since that count is also included in the "All TOCs" count. 2The Robot/Crawler counts are excluded from the Total counts. Produced: August 5, 2011 06:36 SAGE Open YTD Usage Summary Access Events to May June July Calendar 2011 2011 2011 YTD Home Page 6,891 4,624 4,129 15,644 Searches 4,234 1,108 642 5,984 Abstracts 22,771 6,048 4,255 33,074 Full-text HTML 2,431 1,631 1,166 5,228 PDFs 10,516 1,644 1,315 13,475 Data Supplements 0 0 250 250 Powerpoint 36 83 47 166 Total 1 46,879 15,138 11,804 73,821 Crawler/Robot 2 919 1,420 1,729 4,068
Next Steps: Institutional Outreach <ul><li>Gaining support from COPE schools </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting bulk sales of acceptance fees for a given university </li></ul><ul><li>Info campaigns promoting institutional OA funds </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Community to figure out the best way forward. </li></ul>
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