1. When did BD&S open for submissions?
We started accepting submissions in March 2014. For updates on Journal developments follow us on Twitter: @BigDataSoc  

2. When did the BD&S HomePage and content platforms be live?
The SAGE Journal HomePage containing information about the Journal and the Manuscript Central platform went live in June 2014. The Journal ContentPage, using the HighWire ePublishing platform, went live in June 2014. We are planning further enhancements and additions over the coming months. For updates on content follow us on Twitter: @BigDataSoc

3. Why should I publish with BD&S?
BD&S is committed to maximizing impact through open access and digital enhancements. Our approach focuses on:
  • High quality content. Research articles are triple-reviewed in a double-blind peer review process that will always include at least one Editorial Board member.
  • Open Access.  It is a free online Journal and available to all readers. Until 2017 there will be no article processing charges (APCs) for authors.
  • Timeframes:  We seek to publish content as soon as possible after a final version has been accepted for publication. 
  • Digital enhancements.  BD&S allows for various digital media in the presentation of research. Some content can be best conveyed using multiple illustrations or video accompaniment. While still adhering to limits in article length, we encourage authors to use rich media and, when possible, to include links to data sources in the body of the article such as to a data archive.
  • Altmetrics.  The Journal will eventually incorporate article level metrics (downloads, citations, searches, likes, etc.) and easy discoverability thus providing readers (and authors) indicators of influence and significance. Over time we will seek Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) listing for the Journal, though this will take about two years.
4. How will BD&S support the careers of new scholars?
In addition to contributing to the various sections of the Journal, BD&S will also provide a number of dedicated opportunities for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers: through Assistant Editorships on the Journal Editorial Team and through submissions to the Early Career Researcher Forum.

5. How will BD&S, as a new journal, deliver on its commitment to be a hub for leading interdisciplinary research on Big Data?
Together, the Editorial Team, Advisory Board, Editorial Board and Reviewer Pool will cover some ten disciplines.  In addition to ensuring high quality research articles, the Journal community will also contribute substantive work.

The Editorial Team consists of accomplished, active researchers at various stages of their academic careers and who are fully committed to the Journal’s goals. Together with the Advisory and Editorial Boards they cover the full range of disciplines that the Journal engages.

Through our Advisory Board we will link out to and be a space for connecting key research centres engaged in Big Data. Appointments on all bodies are for three years and reviewed annually to ensure active engagement and balanced representation of scholarship in the emerging field of Big Data practices.

6. How much will it cost to publish an article?
There will be no Article Process Charge (APC) for the first three years while the Journal is being established. In the future, we expect to charge an article processing charge (APC) as part of a plan for ensuring sustainability.

7.  If BD&S is digital only then is it similar to open-access “megajournals”?
No.  BD&S will be based on a model of continuous digital publishing whereby research articles and other content will be regularly released. While not facing the same space constraints as many other print Journals, it will stay within a limit of 25 to 30 peer reviewed research articles annually. Ensuring a high quality Journal requires a rigorous process of editorial and peer review so that only the highest quality of work is selected for publication.  This requires significant time and commitment of the Editorial Team, Board and reviewers. BD&S will thus not be a database of research but a rigorously peer-reviewed journal.  It will have annual volumes and rather than 'issues' it will gather together content on specific themes and questions through both open calls for submissions and guest editor proposals.