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Subscription Pricing for Hybrid Journals

SAGE's Policy on 2019 Subscription Pricing for Hybrid Journals

Why?

  • Our aim is to act in a fair and responsible way to avoid our customers paying twice for OA content via article charges and subscription costs: so called "double dipping."
  • Beginning with the 2015 subscription year, SAGE globally discounted the subscription rate of journals where more than 5% of articles are published as Gold OA.
  • As a result, 30 journals have benefitted from a reduction in their planned price increase since 2015.
  • This discount to the subscription price is not reversed, even if the proportion of OA content falls in subsequent years.
  • For 2019, a further 7 journals will benefit from global discounting and will have a discount applied to the 2019 price increase the journal would have received.
  • We will continually review and refine our policies to ensure SAGE continues to work with the best industry practices.

What?

  • For 2019, the calculations are based on 2015-2017 data. We use a 3 year rolling average to smooth out annual variations.
  • The discount applied to subscription titles will be based primarily on the proportion of content published as Gold OA. E.g. if 5% of the content is OA, the price will be discounted by 5%.
  • Where the proportion of OA revenue is lower than the proportion of OA content, e.g. as a result of Article Processing Charge (APC) discounts, or local offsetting initiatives offered, we will reduce the subscription price based on revenue rather than content.
  • SAGE continues to apply this methodology to all SAGE owned journals and we do encourage all society partners, whom we publish journals on behalf of, to adopt this methodology.
  • Journals where there is very low APC OA revenue, low number of articles per year, or low subscription revenue may be excluded.

How?

New Titles Discounted in 2019 

 

Journal

Offsetting Discount

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

2%

Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research

7%

Environment and Planning A

1%

Neuroscientist, The

4%

Palliative Medicine

3%

Science, Technology & Human Values

2%

Statistical Methods in Medical Research

1%

 

Titles Previously Discounted in 2015-2018

 

Journal

Offsetting Discount

British Journal of Visual Impairment

4%

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

3%

Chronic Illness

1% (2017), 11% (2016)

Clinical Ethics

1% (2017), 5% (2015)

Clinical Rehabilitation

6%, 3% (2018)

Environment and Planning A+E

1%

Environment and Urbanization

1% (2017), 3% (2015)

European History Quarterly

2%

European Urban and Regional Studies

3%

Evaluation

3%

Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal

4%

History of Psychiatry

7%

History of Human Sciences 3%
Home Health Care Management and Practice 5%
International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 3%
Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making 8%
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 20%
Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2%
Journal of Material Culture 1%
Journal of Psychopharmacology 3%
Medical Law International 9%
Multiple Sclerosis Journal 5%
Palliative Medicine 7%
Progress in Physical Geography 1%
Qualitative Research 1%
Social Studies 2%
Science, Technology, & Human Values 1%
Statistical Methods in Medical Research 2% (2017), 3% (2018)
The Neuroscientist 3% (2017), 1% (2018)
Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease 3%