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SAGE Publishing acquires journal portfolio from international independent publisher, Wichtig

January 9, 2018

SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent and academic publishers today announced the purchase of the full portfolio of journals from the international, independent STM publisher, Wichtig. The acquisition marks a significant milestone in SAGE’s science, technology and medical (STM) publishing program and the development of its offerings across clinical medicine and bioengineering. The first issues with SAGE will publish January 2018.

Wichtig Publishing was established in Milan, Italy, by the nephrologist Diego Brancaccio over 40 years ago, with an ambition to publish niche specialty medical journals and books. The publishing portfolio covers topics such as nephrology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, gynecology, urology, and biomaterials. The journal list can be found here.

Speaking of the acquisition, Tessa Picknett, Executive Director, STM, SAGE Publishing commented:

“SAGE continues to grow its profile and footprint within the science, technology and medical (STM) sector, and this acquisition clearly demonstrates our long term commitment to publishing within these fields. Wichtig’s high quality journal program perfectly complements SAGE’s existing medical portfolio, and we are delighted to be able to welcome these journals, publishing in a broad range of disciplines, to SAGE. We are very much look forward to working with the highly regarded editorial boards and leading society partners, using both SAGE’s expertise and global reach to further increase the journals visibility and impact, as an integral part of SAGE’s STM program.”

Speaking on behalf of Wichtig, Giulio Zuanetti, General Manager, remarked:

“It has always been our publishing mission to ensure that our journals receive personal attention and high quality service on a global platform. These principles underpin the steady growth of the Wichtig journal portfolio, thanks to the resilient work of a small group of exceptionally passionate people. SAGE is one of those rare companies which has the global reach of a large business, with the mindset and culture of a smaller company who works directly with the scholarly community.  We know with confidence that SAGE is the right publisher to take forwards the development of these journals and we look forward to seeing them prosper in their new home.”

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Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 950 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

Wichtig Publishing was established in Italy by the nephrologist Diego Brancaccio nearly 40 years ago, with an ambition to publish niche specialty medical journals and books. Ever mindful of the guiding principle instilled in the company name (from the German word for ‘importance, relevance’), Wichtig became an international player, never forgetting the importance of personal attention, accountability and service. This is expressed in a ‘concierge’ style of service, where every stakeholder need is treated with the highest importance and met with care.  Wichtig has offices in Cheshire, UK, and Milan, Italy, with a growing network of specialist partners worldwide.

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