Publisher Profile -- SAGE Publications
Publisher Profi le -- SAGE Publications
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Interview — SAGE and PeerJ
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JH: Structurally, nothing changes from
the previous round other than David McCune
joining the Board. Probably the most exciting
change now though is the different dynamic
you get with a new Board makeup. David
McCune and Tim O’Reilly both come from
very successful, yet varied, publishing
backgrounds. It’s early days of course, but so far it’s
been an excellent combination that is already
impacting how we think. One example of that
is in how we think about approaching different
market segments. Tim and David each have
experience with different segments (or entire
markets), so it’s very beneficial to draw upon
those perspectives as we chart our own course.
It’s difficult to imagine a more suited makeup
for a small start-up board aimed at 21st-century
academic publishing; we’re really quite lucky
in that regard.
ATG: We understand that it was PeerJ’s
“innovative model” that caused SAGE to
make the investment. That strikes us as a
fairly broad explanation. Are there more specific
reasons to invest in PeerJ? Were there other
“innovative models” besides PeerJ that were
considered for possible investment?
DM: SAGE is constantly searching for
ways to increase the creation and
dissemination of quality, scholarly research. We also
look for ways to foster active dialogue and
debate among scholars, and seek sustainable
models to do this. OA can be an important
ingredient in reaching this goal. We work in
close concert with our primary constituents:
scholars, scholarly societies, libraries, research
funders and students, and any model for better
dissemination of research needs to be of value
to all of these groups. PeerJ’s model of
rigorous review, low-cost memberships, and very
fast publication seems attractive, especially
in the natural sciences. With our rich history
of publishing in the social sciences, we are
intrigued to see whether some variation of
the model can work in the social sciences and
humanities, where the funding picture is very
different from STM.
ATG: Does this mean that we can expect to
see a future version of PeerJ for the social
sciences and humanities? Has the possibility of
such a journal been part of your discussions?
That would be an exciting development, and
we’d love to hear more about it.
PB: At the moment we have no plans to
move into the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Our cost-effective pricing structure is very
attractive to researchers in those areas, and so we
get this question a lot. However, we launched
in the Biological/Medical/Health/Life Sciences
(already a very large field to cover), and when
we start to expand we will most likely do so
by expanding out from our current core areas.
DM: We launched a Social Science and
Humanities mega-journal, SAGE Open, more
than three years ago. It has since published
more than 600 papers and established a firm
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Against the Grain / November 2014
against the grain
SAGE Publications USA, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
AFFiliATed CoMPAnieS: CQ Press www.cqpress.com; Adam Matthew http://www.amdigital.
co.uk/; Corwin www.corwin.com; MD Conference Express www.mdconferencexpress.com;
Learning Matters http://www.uk.sagepub.com/learningmatters/.
ASSoCiATion MeMBerSHiPS: SAGE has forged strong partnerships with societies and
associations for nearly half a century, publishing on behalf of more than 290 societies. Read
more at http://www.sagepub.com/socAssn/testimonials.htm.
viTAl inForMATion: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, SAGE has been a privately
owned company since its founding. Our founder and executive chairman, Sara Miller McCune,
has guaranteed the company’s independence indefinitely.
KeY ProdUCTS And ServiCeS: Journals, books, and digital media.
Core MArKeTS/ClienTele: Academic, educational, and professional markets.
nUMBer oF eMPlo YeeS: More than 1,200.
nUMBer oF BooKS PUBliSHed AnnUAll
ToTAl nUMBer oF JoUrnAlS CUrrenTl
Y PUBliSHed: 700+
HiSTor Y And BrieF deSCriPTion oF Y oUr CoMPAnY/PUBliSHinG ProGrAM: Guided
by an unwavering dedication to academia and an entrepreneurial spirit, the passionate and
determined Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE in 1965 just a few months shy of her 24th
birthday. With the help of her mentor and future husband George McCune, Sara set out to
start a publishing house that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own
voices, often breaking ground in new or emerging areas of study. Simultaneously, Sara and
George endeavored to support the dissemination of useable knowledge by publishing innovative,
high-quality scholarship and pedagogical content. Their company’s name — SAGE — is derived
from the first two letters of their names.
Nearly 50 years later, SAGE remains an independent company that shares with librarians the
belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds
and healthy societies. Our publishing program ranges across the social sciences, humanities,
medicine, and engineering and includes journals, books, and digital products for academic and
professional markets. We value working closely with librarians to achieve shared goals, including
partnering on white papers and research projects to ensure that together we meet the changing
needs of students and researchers.
AddiTionAl iTeMS oF inTereST To ATG reAderS: Earlier this year, SAGE acquired The
Goodwin Group International, LLC, publisher of MD Conference Express, the first publication
to subject medical conference highlights to the rigorous test of peer review.
MD Conference Express reports are written entirely from primary source materials, with content
selected in partnership with the scientific planning committees of the conferences themselves.
The presenting faculty is invited to review and comment on the short summaries, which are then
subjected to rigorous peer review by an advisory board of experts from top medical institutions
around the world.
Core to SAGE’s mission is the belief that authors should feel at liberty to express their unique
points of view without restriction. As part of this mission, we are the proud publishers of Index
on Censorship, which promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. We are also
active supporters of ALA’s Banned Books Week Effort.
With feedback from librarians and their patrons, we commission, select, and curate the highest
quality content on easy-to-use platforms to create innovative digital products. So far in 2014,
we have launched manipulative data and statistical tools such as SAGE Stats and US Political
Stats, an interactive research resource, SAGE Research Methods Cases, and later this year, we
will be launching a new streaming video program with high-quality pedagogical content to meet
both curricula and research needs. Other upcoming digital products for SAGE include in-depth
reports written by expert journalists in business, health, and education as well as business and
management-focused products with real-life case studies and reports for students.