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SAGE acquires Royal Society of Medicine journals portfolio

Twenty-eight journals published by the RSM Press to be published by SAGE with immediate effect 

Los Angeles, CA (23rd November, 2012) – SAGE, a world-leading independent academic and professional publisher, today announced a landmark agreement with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to acquire its journal programme. With immediate effect, 28 titles formerly published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press will be published by SAGE.

The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the UK, reaching medical professionals and students from around the world. As part of this agreement, SAGE will begin publishing partnerships with some of the world's most prestigious medical organisations including the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. SAGE will also publish the RSM’s own journals including its flagship title, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, one of the most widely read and enjoyed general medical periodicals in the world; JRSM has provided insights into a broad spectrum of issues for over 200 years.

“After a decade of growth across clinical medicine, this agreement marks SAGE out as a major medical publisher,” said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. “The confidence of the Royal Society of Medicine in entrusting SAGE with the development of their own journals as well as several society relationships recognises SAGE’s strengths as a collaborative publishing partner, one that is aligned with the goals of scholarship and education, and able to combine the reach of a larger publisher with the care and personal approach of a smaller press.”

The RSM portfolio publishes articles on primary research and clinical practice across a broad range of disciplines, including infectious disease, health practice, women’s health and vascular medicine.  SAGE will embark upon a programme of digitising all archives of the journals wherever possible back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Many of these digital backfiles will thus be made available for the first time.   

“We are thrilled to welcome these journals to SAGE. They represent some of the very best medical research internationally, and through the publication of valuable original research and opinion pieces, help to support the  improvement of human health globally,” said Tessa Picknett, Executive Director for STM Journals, SAGE. “By leveraging SAGE’s global reach and international sales and marketing presence, we aim to substantially increase the profile, visibility and accessibility of these important titles.”

Ian Balmer, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Medicine, commented: “Our primary concern has been to guarantee the long-term future of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the other journals published by RSM Press. The sale of our journal titles to SAGE and the long-term licensing agreement for the JRSM  assures future stability during what we know is a time of great change for the publishing industry. SAGE will be in a strong position to provide the investment required to develop JRSM.”

Further information for all titles, including landing page and information for subscribers can be found here.


A full list of titles included in the agreement follows below:

The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate medical education for doctors, dentists, students and the allied health professions. The Society’s 58 specialist Sections organise over 400 CPD-accredited meetings each year. As well as providing education, the RSM aims to promote an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine, both within the health professions and by engaging with the public. The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine is the flagship journal of the RSM. It has full editorial independence from the RSM and has been published continuously since 1809. Its Editor is Dr Kamran Abbasi. The RSM Library is one of the largest postgraduate medical libraries in the world with over 600,000 volumes.

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.


Further background


What does this agreement mean?

Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate medical education for doctors, dentists, students and the allied health professions around the world. With immediate effect, all the RSM journals will be published by SAGE, including a number published on behalf of or in association with scholarly societies, including the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine itself.

Why has SAGE made this agreement?

The journal programme has a strong strategic fit for SAGE. With over a decade of growth in clinical medicine, this milestone marks SAGE’s establishment as a major medical publisher. SAGE’s scale and global reach will enable the further visibility and accessibility of these important titles internationally. 

Further customer information

When will these journals be available from SAGE for access?

All the RSM journals are already hosted by HighWire so there will be no platform change. All subscribers will be able to continue to access these journals in the same way that they do now.

Will the journal urls change?

In the short term, access to all journals will remain the same. However we will transition all titles onto the SAGE Journals platform and implement redirects from the present sites. We will communicate further about this in 2013.

Will there be any change in title/ISSN information?

No, the information for all RSM journals titles will remain the same.

Will the transition affect my subscriptions?

If you already have a subscription to any of the RSM journals through Portland Press, you do not need to do anything. SAGE will contact individual subscribers for 2014 renewals.

How will SAGE be handling pricing?

Pricing for 2013 has already been announced by the RSM Press and SAGE does not intend to make any changes. A full list of journals and pricing information can be found here

The same applies for all consortia deals. Please contact your SAGE sales representative for further information.

Will these journals be available in SAGE Premier?

As package information was already released for 2013, these titles will not be included in Premier at present. This will be reviewed for the 2014 Premier package.

 How will I retrieve my usage statistics?

As all RSM journals are on HighWire, you should continue to access usage statistics as you have in the past.

Will there be any immediate changes to the journals on transition?

There are no plans to make any immediate changes to the journals.

Who should I contact for further enquiries about RSM journals?

Please contact with further enquiries.


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For more information, please contact:
Camille Gamboa