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Scholarship is changing: we are on the journey together

At SAGE, we believe passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable. This vision drives our business and our actions. We are committed to supporting the scholarly communication chain and that includes being a collaborative partner with libraries.

SAGE has published and is working on a number reports to help better understand the challenges and issues that our library partners face as scholarly publishing continues to evolve. All reports are free to access online, and we encourage you to share them if you find them valuable:

  • September 2016 -"Who is Doing Computational Social Science? Trends in Big Data Research"– provides insight on the social scientists currently engaging in big data research, the obstacles they face, and the hurdles discouraging newcomers to the field. 

  • February 2016 - A two-part white paper by SAGE Publishing explores the common researcher experiences that lead to “chance” discoveries as well as opportunities for information professionals to support and encourage serendipity in academic research.
  • February 2015 - "Great Expectations: Students and Video in Higher Education" - reveals the types of educational videos that appeal to students and where they go to find them. This white paper includes suggestions for librarians as they connect the video resources found in their libraries with researchers, instructors, and students.
  • June 2014 – "The State of Reference Collections" – finds that though the definition of reference is changing, this is in part because reference resources now look and feel like other information sources and because other information resources perform the traditional purpose of reference - answering research questions.
  • October 2013 – "Implementing Open Access APCs: the role of academic libraries" –Results of the roundtable held by SAGE in association with Jisc to discuss the role of academic librarians in implementing gold open access (OA) article-processing charges (APCs). The roundtable was chaired by Stella Butler, RLUK, and attended by a panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts.
  • August 2013 – ‘Library Value in the Developing-World’ – A research study conducted by SAGE in consultation with Claire Creaser of LISU (part of Loughborough University), and Lucy Browse of International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), investigat ing library value in the developing world. The report is a follow up to the 2012 study conducted with LISU “Working together: evolving value for academic libraries”.
  • May/June 2013 – Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey Sponsored by SAGE, this report looks at faculty members’ practices, attitudes and needs. The results focus on research and teaching practices broadly, as well as the dissemination, collecting, discovery, and access of research and teaching materials.
  • November 2012 – “How do readers discover content in scholarly journals?” – Study run by Renew Training, Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner, supported by SAGE, into how readers discover content in scholarly journals. The 6 month research project compares the changing reader behaviour between 2005 and 2012 and looks at the impact on publishers and library website design and functions.
  • August 2012 – “Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries” – Results of a roundtable held by SAGE in association with the British Library exploring the role of the academic library in an open access future. The roundtable was chaired by Simon Inger and attended by a panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts.
  • July 2012 – “Improving the Discoverability of Scholarly Content in the Twenty First Century” – How can we improve discoverability through cross-sector collaboration between librarians, publishers and vendors? Drawing from interviews, case studies, and scholarly literature, this report assesses the current environment and proposes opportunities to further visibility and usage of scholarly communication.
  • June 2012 – “Working Together: evolving value for academic libraries” – A research study in association with LISU (part of Loughborough University), investigating perceptions of library value looking at case studies from the UK, US and Scandinavia.

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