Social media is a big part of many college students' personal lives and, whether they realize it or not, a budding component of their future professional personas as well.

One of the top challenges and simultaneous best opportunities for new open access journals to develop a following is to find a unique niche in the marketplace.

With this importance of reputation for academic careers in mind, I wanted to help raise the reputation of some active and intriguing blogs from my home discipline: sociology.

There has been over the last fifty years a substantial decline in the seriousness with which scholars are reading each other's work, says Professor Andrew Abbott in an article as relevant today as it was in 2008.