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Sage Grows Research Portfolio by Acquiring IOS Press

Sage Grows Research Portfolio by Acquiring IOS Press

November 2023

NISO Member News

Los Angeles, CA | November 2, 2023

Acquisition marks joining of two independent academic publishers

Global independent academic publisher Sage has acquired IOS Press, an independent publisher founded in Amsterdam in 1987 that specializes in health, life, and computer sciences. With this move, Sage acquires nearly 100 journals and a frontlist of 70 plus books each year covering subjects such as neuroscience, medical informatics, cancer research, artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and the semantic web.

“IOS Press has centered its operations on integrity, innovation, and impact resulting in a publishing portfolio that furthers our understanding of the world. These values resonate deeply with our own mission at Sage,” said Miranda Nunhofer, vice president of research editorial at Sage. “We are excited to welcome the expert and dedicated IOS team who have been instrumental in building a portfolio of high-impact titles covering core fields such as neuroscience, medicine, and computer science, and thereby improving human lives. We look forward to working with them to build on and even accelerate this success.”

The acquisition marks significant growth in Sage’s open access (OA) program with the addition of more than 20 fully OA journals. It also expands core subject areas for Sage, such as psychology and engineering, and marks an investment in new areas such as AI and image processing.

The IOS Press books program includes stand-alone volumes, book series, reference works, and more across the broad spectrum of scientific, technical, and medical subject categories. And with a focus on embracing new technology and championing FAIR principles for managing data, IOS Press brings to Sage collaborative partnerships dedicated to driving scientific progress and innovation across the globe.

IOS Press was looking for a long-term publishing home that would allow it to build on 36 years as an academic publisher – operating with an independent spirit that values agility, quality, and accessibility alongside commercial sustainability.

“Throughout our publishing history, our greatest asset has been the long-term relationships that we have built with researchers, editors, librarians, and suppliers who both think creatively and are experts in their fields,” explained IOS Press founder, Einar Fredriksson,  “At Sage, we found an environment that allows us to strengthen those relationships, preserving a culture of trust and transparency and fostering diversity and inclusion – and not at the expense of publishing cutting-edge research.”

With this acquisition, IOS staff will continue to operate as usual out of their Amsterdam office – offering the same services to authors, editors, and customers, with added support, infrastructure, and reach across the globe from Sage.

About IOS Press

IOS Press is an independent international scientific, technical, medical (STM) publishing house established in 1987 in Amsterdam. We produce around 100 journals and 70 books annually in a broad range of subject categories, primarily specializing in health and life sciences (including neurosciences, medical informatics, cancer research, and rehabilitation) and computer sciences (including artificial intelligence, data science, and semantic web). In addition, we offer specialized services that support scientific advancement.

About Sage

Sage is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access, and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, 24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, we are controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining our independence and mission indefinitely. 

Our guaranteed independence means we’re free to:

  • Do more – supporting an equitable academic future, furthering disciplines that drive social change, and helping social and behavioral science make an impact

  • Work together – building lasting relationships, championing diverse perspectives, and co-creating resources to transform teaching and learning

  • Think long-term – experimenting, taking risks, and investing in new ideas