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SAGE Publishing launches Advance, a social sciences preprints service, in partnership with Figshare

August 31, 2018

SAGE Publishing today launched its first preprints server for the humanities and social sciences, in partnership with Figshare.

Advance: a SAGE preprints community will provide academic researchers with a global platform to share early versions of their work ahead of formal peer review and publication. The open access platform will support original research and reviews, making content open to receiving feedback from colleagues and peers. The service enables researchers to disseminate and start communicating about their time-sensitive work and ideas faster and to garner engagement and feedback throughout their research process.  All preprints published on Advance are eligible for publication in a wide range of SAGE’s portfolio of peer-reviewed journals.

Commenting on the new platform, Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Global Journals, SAGE Publishing, remarked:

“Publishing and the dissemination of research is changing; transparency is key. Within the social sciences, moving to facilitate broad dissemination of ideas earlier in the research process will help to support wider engagement with these influential areas of research.

Since SAGE’s foundation our mission as a publisher has been to support an engaged society, playing a creative role in both the dissemination, access and creation of research on a global scale. Offering a preprints platform is a natural next step for SAGE.

Advance will provide a central place to share and build recognition for research discoveries — positively shaping the routes of future cutting edge research.”

Advance provides an intuitive interface for authors to submit their research and once accepted, a preprint will be available online quickly – usually between 48-72 hours. The site features a monitored commenting feature giving authors the ability to receive feedback on their work (including sharing and embedding tools for soliciting feedback) – allowing them to further shape and improve their research. Authors can also track citations, Altmetrics, views, and downloads of their preprints. While submitting to Advance, researchers have the additional option of simultaneously submitting their work for acceptance to one of SAGE’s journals within the humanities and social sciences. Furthermore, all accepted preprints will be assigned a DOI, ensuring each preprint can be linked to its final published version in the future, helping to increase a final paper’s discoverability.

Speaking about the partnership, Howard further commented:

“When looking for a partner, Figshare were once again a natural fit for SAGE. With their expertise, high quality technology and their commitment to open data, Figshare aligns closely with SAGE’s goal of supporting the global sharing and dissemination of research.  This partnership enables us to capitalise on their software and expertise and ensure that we provide a high quality experience meeting researcher needs. “

Mark Hahnel, CEO and Founder of Figshare, added:

“We’re excited to be working with SAGE in this expanded way. We have seen the value that preprints bring to the research community and process, and look forward to working with SAGE to enhance their offerings to the social science community.”

More about Advance can be found here:


Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

Figshare is a web-based platform to help academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs. The light-touch and user-friendly approach focuses on four key areas: research data management, reporting and statistics, research data dissemination and administrative control. Figshare works with institutions in North America and internationally to help them meet key funder recommendations and to provide world-leading tools to support an open culture of data sharing and collaboration. For more information on Figshare, visit, a Digital Science portfolio company:

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