SAGE, the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher, recently announced the launch of a new social networking site for the academic community: Communicationspace for media studies and communication.
Free to join, this public social network provides researchers with the ability to connect with colleagues; discuss issues and controversies in the forum; read free content selected from SAGE books and journals; view podcasts and videos; and also find information on relevant events, jobs, funding and training.
The launches of this new site follows the success of the research methods network, Methodspace which SAGE launched in March 2009. Since its debut, the site has gained more than 7,500 members globally.
The new sites will capitalize on the strong collaboration with researchers SAGE already has in these two disciplines. SAGE is ranked as the market leader for journals in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® in both disciplines, and publishes respected book and reference programs in these areas. A recent study in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Journal of Criminal Justice Education placed SAGE as one of the highest ranked publishers of criminology and criminal justice books.
“SAGE strives to be the natural home for authors, editors and societies and one of our key goals is supporting our researchers beyond our publishing programs,” said Jayne Marks, SAGE Vice President and Editorial Director, Library Information Group. “What we have found through our own research and implementation of social media is that researchers are looking for a space online to interact with peers and share information. We believe these discipline networks will become the go-to place for their collaboration needs online.”
The social network is free to access and open for registration now.