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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  ()

Sage has struck a deal 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.
Ziyad Marar, global publishing director, SAGE said. "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."
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.

Tessa Picknett, executive director for STM Journals, SAGE, said: "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, said: "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."

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