Category Archives: Sage Publishing

Business Information Review has new editors!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the new editors of Business Information Review.  They are Luke Tredinnick and Claire Laybats.
Luke is a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at London Metropolitan University and Course Leader for the BSc Media & Communications. He has taught in the fields of information and knowledge management, and written numerous books and articles addressing intranet management, information management and digital technologies. Prior to joining the HE sector, he worked as librarian and intranet content manager for a financial services and accounting firm.
Claire is Head of Information and Knowledge consultancy at TFPL.  Claire has worked for TFPL for over ten years in the information and knowledge management field working in recruitment, then heading up training and events before moving into her current role in September 2013.  She has been involved in and led key pieces of research into skills development in the information profession and has worked actively on consulting projects with clients in both the corporate and public sector nationally and internationally.

Claire and Luke will be ‘official editors’ for the September 2015 issue onwards.  However they are already working with us to ensure the handover of the journal is as smooth as possible.

SAGE reports growth in 2012 Citation Reports®

Academic and professional publisher SAGE (which publishes BIR) has reported a strong performance in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

An additional 30 indexed titles this year brings the total number of SAGE titles indexed in the Social Science and Science Citation Indexes to 461.  102 of the titles are ranked in the top ten of their category.

For more information see the original press release.

Sage launches e-bookstore

Sage’s newly launched e-bookstore forms part of the publisher’s online social science platform Sage Knowledge.  The content is discoverable via search engines at title and chapter level.   

Researchers can search and access over 2,500 titles including textbooks, monographs and handbooks.  They can also save searches and create reading lists. 
Sage has made a number of flexible purchasing options available to libraries.
More on this story via The Bookseller

Libraries and publishers – demonstrating the new value

Lynne Brindley, the outgoing CEO of the British Library, addressed an audience of editors, authors and other interested parties at a SAGE reception held at the Reform Club on 26th April.  Her speech reflected on the changing roles of publishers and academic and research librarians – and the relationships between them. 

A book or journal can now be created and accessed digitally and content is being liberated from physical space.  Meanwhile, as the debate surrounding access continues, intellectual property law has still to catch up. 

Academic libraries also have to reassess and articulate their value to their customers and fight for research funding.  The debate around open access continues.  Data heavy research is not just the new normal in STM – other disciplines including the humanities are joining in too.  Lynne urged libraries “to articulate what role they might play in this field and publishers not to lock down possibilities for data and text mining in a too defensive a stance.” 

The generation and dissemination of new knowledge is a critical activity and the different stakeholders must work together ensure success.  Despite dramatic changes in the wider information landscape, Lynne believes that shared values endure.  She called on all interested parties to focus on what they have in common and work together to reach creative solutions and design new business models.

Sage journals go mobile

Sage’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimised format.
From now on, users accessing the journals via mobile devices (iPhones, smartphones and androids) will find themselves viewing content in a format designed specifically for mobile access. They will still, however, have access to the full text content of the current issue.

Celebrating social science research

The Festival of Social Science 2011 takes place in London during the week 20th October to 5th November.
Coordinated by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) the events provide insights into the impact that social science research has on economic, social and political policies.

As part of the event, Sage and the British Academy (in association with Times Higher Education) will be hosting a debate on 31st October at the British Academy. How Can Social Scientists ad Government Work Together to Strengthen Public Trust in Scientific Evidence will be chaired by Evan Davis and speakers from academia, government and policy will be represented.
Other events at the Festival are listed here.

Thoughts for Twelfth Night

Blog readers who made a blaze with their Christmas lights this year – or who criticised those who did – might want to read this article featured in SAGE Insight describing fascinating research into the people who light up their houses and streets and the reactions of the media. It’s a thought provoking article, and reminds us not to make instant assumptions!