By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Media messaging from Berlin and London this week announces an expanded partnership for the academic publisher Sage and the researcher network ResearchGate.As many Publishing Perspectives readers know, the Berlin-based ResearchGate classifies itself as a European commercial social networking site for scientists and researchers to use in sharing their papers, finding collaborators, and discussing issues. It was founded in 2008 by Ijad Madisch, Horst Fickenscher, Sören Hofmayer.
Sage Publishing is based in Thousand Oaks, California, and since 1965 when it was founded by Sara Miller McCune, has grown to produce more than 1,000 journals annually, historically with an emphasis on the social sciences and including everything from the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems to Behavioral Science & Policy.
The new element of the relationship between ResearchGate and Sage has to do with the volume of Sage content that ResearchGate now is offering. The change—first reported on Tuesday (January 15)—is intended to more than double the Sage output in open-access journals from the California company, bringing the total to 100.
Participating journals’ content will be uploaded automatically to ResearchGate and is expected to be enhanced by elements of the ResearchGate Journal Home, which also has among its participating publishers Springer Nature, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Karger, Frontiers, IOP Publishing, De Gruyter, Thieme, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and more.
Benefits of the Journal Home portal and its process are said—in ResearchGate’s media messaging—to include journal profiles, journal communities, and “enhanced branding across the platform.”
Associated article pages and other key points of interaction with ResearchGate members are reported to “prominently feature” the journals’ branding and links to researcher profiles.
All of this, of course in an effort to get more views, more hits, more attention, more visibility, for these journals so that they in turn get more input from key researchers whose content then draws eyeballs—the essential virtuous symbiotic circle of academic publishing’s journal distribution hives, the currency of the open-access realm.
Makoff: ‘Specialist Author Support’
As research-authors provide more content, they can expect to see their articles being automatically uploaded to their ResearchGate profiles. That kind of metadata of course is meant to provide researchers with better metrics on their work’s impact and journals with more thorough outreach to readers.
In a prepared statement, Jane Makoff, Sage’s vice-president of marketing, is quoted, saying that the expansion of readership and accessibility for more Sage journals means that “ResearchGate users will receive access to … Sage content across a diverse range of disciplines from nursing to neurology, all of which has been published using our … peer review process.
“We also look forward to welcoming new authors to the Sage community through this partnership, and introducing them to the specialist author support we offer.”
And Sören Hofmayer, chief strategy officer at ResearchGate, says that Sage’s being an independent scholarly publisher means that its “genuine appetite to increase the accessibility of research for real world impact reflects ResearchGate’s mission to connect researchers, open up research, and make a better world for all.
“I look forward to seeing this partnership continue to go from strength to strength.”
ResearchGate’s self-promotional media messaging says that more than 25 million researchers are using the site “to share and discover research, build their networks, and advance their careers.”
ResearchGate’s figures indicate that it draws as many as 49 million unique users are served as many as 342 million page views monthly, the exchange representing 193 countries.