Subscription Pricing for Hybrid Journals

SAGE's Policy on 2017 Subscription Pricing for Hybrid Journals

  • Although the current level of Gold Hybrid Open Access (OA) articles within SAGE journals is very low, we share the concerns of customers paying twice for OA content via article charges and subscription costs: so called "double dipping."
  • SAGE's intention is to reduce the subscription prices of its journals as OA paid content becomes a stable and significant proportion of the business.
  • 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 15 journals benefitted from a reduction in their planned price increase for 2015 and 2016.  
  • For 2017, a further 9 journals will benefit from global offsetting and will have a discount applied to the 2017 price increase the journal would have received and 3 titles, previously discounted, will have a further discount applied.
  • This discount 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 OA revenue received accounts for a lower percentage than the percentage of content, e.g. as a result of Article Processing Charge (APC) discounts offered, we will reduce the subscription price by the proportion of revenue rather than the proportion of content which is OA. We have heavily discounted Gold OA publication in some instances.
  • As we move further into Gold OA publishing models, we expect to reduce such discounts and to bring the rebate off the full subscription price into line with the percentage of each journal which is published in a Gold OA model.
  • SAGE will apply this methodology to all SAGE owned journals and we will encourage all society partners, whom we publish journals on behalf of, to adopt this methodology.
  • For 2017, the calculations are based on 2013-2015 data. We utilize a 3 year rolling average to smooth out annual variations.
  • Journals where there is very low APC OA revenue, low number of articles per year, or low subscription revenue will be excluded.
  • Our approach is to avoid double dipping and act in a fair and responsible way with our library, society and academic colleagues. We will continually review and refine our policies to ensure SAGE continues to work with the best industry practices.

New Titles Discounted in 2017

Journal

Offsetting Discount

Chronic Illness

1%

Clinical Ethics

1%

Environment and Urbanization

1%

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics

20%

Journal of Material Culture

1%

Journal of Psychopharmacology

3%

Progress in Physical Geography

1%

Qualitative Research

1%

Science, Technology, & Human Values

1%

Statistical Methods in Medical Research

2%

The Neuroscientist

3%

Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease

3%

Titles Previously Discounted in 2016

Journal

Offsetting Discount

Chronic Illness

11%

Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making

8%

Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

2%

Titles Previously Discounted in 2015

Journal

Offsetting Discount

Palliative Medicine

7%

Social Studies of Science

2%

History of the Human Sciences

3%

Environment and Urbanization

3%

Clinical Rehabilitation

6%

History of Psychiatry

7%

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law

3%

Clinical Ethics

5%

British Journal of Visual Impairment

4%

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

3%

Medical Law International

9%

Multiple Sclerosis Journal

5%