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SAGE Insight celebrates 100,000 views

November 8, 2012

SAGE has been part of the global academic community since 1965, supporting quality research that transforms society and our understanding of individuals, groups, and cultures. We passionately believe that publishing useful knowledge can create healthy minds and healthy cultures, in fact it is part of our vision to ensure that such research is widely disseminated around the world.

We’re also passionate about widening access to (and the public understanding of) research, especially social research. With that in mind, in June 2010 we launched SAGE Insight, and we are proud to announce that it has achieved an impressive 100,000 views. SAGE Insight puts the spotlight on topical and interesting journal research, new and archived published in our journals.  The articles on SAGE Insight provide a fresh perspective on major issues facing the public and policy makers. We cover everything from crime to medical practices, from psychology to education.  To date almost 400 posts have been published. The blog is available to everyone, globally. For the articles highlighted free access is made available to the full text.

Articles for SAGE Insight are chosen in a variety of ways. We are particularly delighted with the consistent and steady stream of excellent recommendations from SAGE authors. Many of these recommendations have achieved great success, most notably the top viewed SAGE Insight blog post listed below, which has gained over 2.400 views so far.

Top 5 most viewed  SAGE Insight posts:

  1. Better alternatives to tackle the road dangers of winter snow and ice?
  2. 100 cities ranked according to greenhouse gas emissions
  3. What makes Starbucks such a great place to work? A review of the HR policies across the best companies to work for
  4. Human trafficking: the unintended effects of United Nations intervention
  5. ‘Celebrity chavs’ like Jordan and Kerry Katona reflect the moral delinquency of white working-class girls

From early 2013 SAGE Insight will move location and will be available through SAGE Connection, making it even easier to stay up to date on the latest research trends along with the usual top tips and industry round ups you’ve come to expect from this blog. You can follow SAGE Insight posts by registering for email alerts at http://www.sagepub.com/sageinsight to receive notifications of new posts by email. The posts also appear via a Twitter account www.twitter.com/SAGE_News

This milestone feels a great opportunity to thank authors and readers. We hope you continue to enjoy this blog. If it covers topics that you find interesting, use these articles to spread the debate: write about it on your blog, microblog, or newsletter. Link to us, or if you’re a SAGE journals author suggest your article for inclusion.

Equal pay legislation and its impact on the gender pay gap

May 17, 2012

From International Journal of Discrimination and the Law

Historically, women have often been paid less than men for doing the same or equivalent work. A recent report reveals that an average woman working full time from the age of 18 to 59 years is estimated to lose out on £361,000 over the course of her working life compared with an equivalent male. This article considers the implementation in the UK of the Equality Act 2010 and its impact. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the topic and establishes to what extent the current law can facilitate the necessary changes to eradicate this gap. The paper recognizes that despite this legislation, problems can still be identified with equal pay in the UK. Many view the situation worsened by the coalition government’s backtracking somewhat on the commitments in the Equality Act to deal with the pay gap, most notably the removal of the legal requirement for employers to undertake equality audits.

The following quote highlights the present position: ‘Even though legislation on implementing equal pay has been in place for 40 years, the gender pay gap in Britain remains among the highest in the European Union. We still have a shocking gender pay gap of 15.5% that hurts women, society and the economy.’ The gender pay gap cannot and will not be closed until more is done to deal with the underlying issues.

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Presenting the jubilee issue of Social Science Information: Half a century of social science publishing

September 6, 2011

From Social Science Information

This Special Anniversary Issue celebrates the journal’s ‘silver jubilee’ of 50 years of continuous publication. The thinking behind its editorial make-up has been to invite key authors and members of the Journal’s committees, those who over the years have become very close collaborators, to submit an original contribution. Defined frequently as ‘generalist’, ‘interdisciplinary’, ‘innovative’, and ‘original’ the contents of this issue faithfully reflect SSI’s orientations as well as its unique profile in the well-populated global landscape of social science journals. Many contributors over the years have gone on to become eminent in their field, Luc Boltanski, Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Dawkins, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, Bruno Latour, Alberto Melucci, Henri Tajfel, Laurent Thévenot, Alain Touraine to name a few.

Following an introductory article on evaluation, there are four main sections that cover:

  • Theory and concepts in question
  • The human and social sciences, and the challenge of the future
  • Studies in science and technology
  • New research tracks

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