After three years of operation, we have established a strong foundation, with over 160 articles and commentaries published. We have also assembled 11 special themes overseen by Guest Editors that cover topics such as ‘the cloud, the crowd and the city’ and ‘practicing, materializing and contesting environmental data.’ We have been accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), which will benefit our authors by giving our published papers greater discoverability, leading to increased citations. We have calculated our Impact Factor (IF) for 2016 at 1.925 (we are still waiting for Clarivate Analytics’ response to our request to be indexed). And we have migrated to a new platform - Atypon’s Literatum platform - that has improved functionality and navigation possibilities.
We have also merged the Early Career Researcher Forum with the Commentaries section and will be actively soliciting contributions from researchers at different stages of their careers. Guidelines on all types of submissions to the Journal can be found here.
Finally, after a successful beginning to our section on Special Themes we will now be making an annual call for proposals in June of each year. These will be announced on the blog and Twitter.
We are an Open Access journal but our initial three year waiver of article processing charges (APCs) has ended. As of July 2017 original research articles (ORA) accepted after peer review are now subject to an Open Access APC of $800. Authors who do not have funding for Open Access publishing can request a waiver from the publisher, SAGE, once their ORA is accepted after peer review. For all other content (Commentaries, Editorials, Demos) and ORAs commissioned by the Editor as part of Special Themes, the APC will be waived. We look forward to your submissions and continuing to publish critical work on the changing landscape of Big Data and society.