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Subscription Pricing for Hybrid Journals

Our Policy 

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."

  1. Beginning with the 2015 subscription year, SAGE globally discounted the subscription rate of journals where more than 5% of articles are published as SAGE Choice (hybrid OA).
  2. As a result, 31 journals have benefitted from a reduction in their planned price increase since we introduced the global discounting in 2015.
  3. This discount to the subscription price is not reversed, even if the proportion of OA content falls in subsequent years.
  4. For 2020, a further 5 journals will benefit from global discounting and will have a discount applied to the 2020 price increase the journal would have received.

How do we calculate the discounts?

  1. For 2020, the calculations are based on 2016-2018 data. We use a 3 year rolling average to smooth out annual variations. As the 2020 price was set in July 2019 this is the last three complete years of data we have used to calculate the 2020 pricing.
  2. The discount applied to subscription titles will be based primarily on the proportion of content published as hybrid OA. E.g. if 5% of the content is OA, the price will be discounted by 5%.
  3. 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 (zero rated) offsetting initiatives offered, we will reduce the subscription price based on revenue rather than content.
  4. 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.
  5. Journals where there is very low APC OA revenue, low number of articles per year, or low subscription revenue may be excluded.

We will continually review and refine our policies to ensure SAGE continues to work with the best industry practices.

New titles discounted in 2020

These 5 titles have had a discount applied to their subscription price, based on the proportion of content within them published as hybrid OA since they have now crossed the 5% threshold as stated above. This discount has been applied to the 2020 price increase these journals would have received.
This is the first time these titles have reached or exceeded the threshold of 5% which is why they have been listed as ‘new’ for the 2020 pricing. 

Environment and Planning C 1% 
European Journal of International Relations 1%
International Journal of Artificial Organs, The 5%
Journal of Biological Rhythms 3%
Qualitative Health Research 2%

Titles Previously Discounted

The list of 31 titles below have been discounted previously according to the proportion of Gold OA content within them. (see point 2 above)

We only discount further if the proportion of Gold OA content increases. If it doesn’t, the discounted price remains the same. If the proportion decreases from the previous year we do not reverse the discount. This becomes the base price. To provide transparency we have listed all previous discounts (by the most recent year first) for these titles. 

The journals displayed in bold are those which have undergone a further incremental uplift in discount in 2020 as the proportion of Gold OA content has increased.

British Journal of Visual Impairment 4%

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 3%

Chronic Illness 1% (2017), 11% (2016)

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1% (2020), 2% (2019)

Clinical Ethics 1% (2017), 5% (2015)

Clinical Rehabilitation 3% (2018), 6% (2015)

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 4% (2020), 5% (2015)

Palliative Medicine 1% (2020), 3% (2019)

Progress in Physical Geography 1%

Qualitative Research 1%

Social Studies 2%

Science, Technology, & Human Values 1% (2020), 2% (2019) 

Statistical Methods in Medical Research 1% (2019), 3% (2018) 2% (2017) 

The Neuroscientist 1% (2020), 4% (2019) 

Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease 3%