SAGE launches OA journal on Big Data & Society

Leading independent and academic publisher SAGE, has today launched Big Data & Society, an open access (OA), peer reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to exploring the implications of Big Data for societies. Big Data &Society aims to move beyond the usual notions of Big Data and provide a platform for connecting debates on how Big Data practices are reconfiguring academic, social, industry, business and government relations, expertise, methods, concepts and knowledge. The journal will publish interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences. The focus will be on the implications of this interdisciplinary work on Big Data for societies.

Big Data & Society seeks contributions that analyze Big Data practices and/or involve empirical engagements and experiments with innovative methods. Contributions will also reflect on the consequences for how societies are represented (epistemologies), realized (ontologies) and governed (politics).

Karen Phillips, Editorial Director, SAGE remarked:

“Big Data & Society is a very exciting launch for us and a key journal for our growing OA portfolio. As the digital landscape has impacted the research community, the use of and understanding of Big Data has become increasingly important for social researchers. We are delighted to be working with such an outstanding international and interdisciplinary editorial board, and look forward to developing and supporting the journal’s outreach to publish authoritative research in this emerging field of practice.”

Dr Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Founding Editor of Big Data & Society remarked:

“Big Data is a critical emerging field of practice and matter of concern for societies.  Big Data & Society will provide an interdisciplinary space for debate and discussion about its social, political, cultural and economic implications through not only peer review research articles but also essays by early career researchers and commentaries from authors within and outside the academy. With a growing OA portfolio and well regarded as a publisher who supports new fields of enquiry, we are delighted to be working with SAGE to develop the scope and reach of the journal. Closely aligned in vision and aims, we look forward to developing a long standing partnership as we continue to support new research into this pivotal interdisciplinary field.”

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