Sage launches social network site

<p>Academic books and journals publisher Sage has launched a social networking site centred around research methods, as part of its year-long focus on the topic.</p><p>Methodspace.com went live today (26th March), although it has been beta-tested since February. Sage is expecting the site to &quot;bring together researchers from across the academic spectrum&quot; for advice and support, or just to discuss methodology issues and controversies. </p><p>Registered users also have access to free book chapters and journal articles, and will be told about relevant conferences and events. </p><p>Ziyad Marar, deputy m.d and publishing director of Sage, said he was &quot;thrilled by the speed and scale of the response&quot; and said the company hoped it would become &quot;the first place that any professor, researcher or student will turn&quot;. </p><p>He added: &quot;Methodspace will enable connections and dialogue, without any restrictions on discipline or geography. The site has a growing community of international researchers, university lecturers and postgraduate students from around the world.</p><p>&quot;We intend that Methodspace should be the online hub for research methods, with the community driving the discussions and debates,&quot; he added.</p>