Open Access SAGE Journals with a Research Methods Focus

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It is Open Access Week! When I decided to stop teaching last year, the biggest question on my mind was: what about library access? Luckily, my alma mater Cornell University offers alums digital access, but many fellow independent, freelance, or citizen scholars do not have that option. Open access resources are valuable to all of us, whether or not we have a library card. Resources discussed on MethodSpace are open access, although some are only freely available on a time-limited basis. Open access journals from SAGE with a focus on research include the following.:

Big Data & Society (BD&S) is an Open Access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies.


The International Journal of Qualitative Methods is the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open access journal of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) at the University of Alberta, Canada.


Methodological Innovations An open access and fully peer-reviewed forum for methodological advances and debates in social research method and methodology.



Research EthicsResearch Ethics is aimed at all readers and authors interested in ethical issues in the conduct of research, the regulation of research, the procedures and process of ethical review as well as broader ethical issues related to research such as scientific integrity and the end uses of research.


SAGE Open Publishes research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.


SAGE Open Long Form: Open Access Monographs (SGM) is an innovative, open access publishing vehicle from SAGE. It is a special section within SAGE Open that is dedicated to the publication of long form, open access research in the Social Sciences and Humanities.


Social Media + Society is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on advancing the understanding of social media and its impact on societies past, present and future.



Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World Aims to make new research readily available. It provides an online forum for the rapid dissemination of peer-reviewed empirical work, produced in time to be relevant to ongoing debates.

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