SAGE acquires Royal Society of Medicine journals portfolio

November 23, 2012

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: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/rsmjournals.sp
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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. www.sagepublications.com

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