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SAGE Publishing acquires journal portfolio from prominent open access publisher, Libertas Academica

September 21, 2016

London, UK. SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent and academic publishers today announced the purchase of the full portfolio of journals from the open access (OA) publisher, Libertas Academica. The acquisition marks a significant milestone in SAGE’s OA publishing program.

Founded in 2004, Libertas Academica is an independent publisher specializing in clinical medicine, biological sciences and chemistry. The publishing portfolio covers topics such as cardiology, neurology, biochemistry, genetics, and analytical chemistry.  Effective immediately, SAGE will publish the full journal portfolio of 83 titles. The journal list can be found here.

Speaking of the acquisition, David Ross, SAGE Publishing’s Executive Director of Open Access commented:

“SAGE has always been committed to driving forwards open business models in the scholarly communications market, and this acquisition clearly demonstrates our long term commitment to OA publishing. Libertas Academica’s solid, high quality journal program perfectly complements SAGE’s existing OA program, and we are delighted to be able to welcome such a broad spectrum of journals. We look forward to working with the high quality editorial boards and using both SAGE’s expertise and global reach to enhance and develop these relatively young titles, securing their long term future and developing them into the cornerstone of SAGE’s OA publishing program.”

Speaking on behalf of Libertas Academica, Tom Hill, CEO, remarked:

“Since Libertas Academica was established over a decade ago, our publishing goal was to support high quality open access global publishing. SAGE is one of those rare companies who has the global reach of a large business, with the mindset, culture and adaptability of an innovative supportive company, working directly with the scholarly community. We are delighted that SAGE is taking over the publication portfolio and know with confidence that SAGE is the right publisher to take forwards the development of these journals. We look forward to seeing the journals 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. www.sagepublishing.com

Libertas Academica is the publisher of international, peer reviewed scientific, technical and medical journals.  Libertas is principally a publisher of open access journals that apply the CC-BY-NC license for published articles, although the Clinical Medicine Reviews series operates under the traditional subscription or pay-per-view model.

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