SAGE’s growing portfolio

SAGE, independent publisher of journals, textbooks, reference books, and electronic collections for library, education, and professional markets, announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. This is SAGE’s second acquisition in 14 months, following the purchase of UK-based independent publisher Learning Matters, in August 2011.

Adam Matthew (AM) is known in the library world for its primary source collections in the humanities and social sciencesbest known in the United States for the “American West” collection, which features sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Other AM collections span a range of subjects, comprising everything from medieval travel writing and Victorian popular culture to Chinese society and Jewish life in America.

According to AM Chairman and Publisher Bill Pidduck, the company will continue to operate as a standalone subsidiary (based in Marlborough, England and Chicago) with “the strong backing of the SAGE group.” According to AM’s web site, there are no plans to merge AM into SAGE or to change existing relationships between AM and its partners or customers.

“We have found tremendous similarities in our company values, approach to publication and our passion for high quality content: this is a venture that fits strongly with SAGE’s strategic direction,” said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director. Katharine Jackson, Deputy MD, added: “Through this and other major acquisitions, SAGE has maintained a clear focus on finding the right strategic partners to support our long-term publishing goals.”

A new direction for SAGE?

As the company’s history shows (see timeline below), since its founding in 1965, SAGE has grown its line of products, imprints, and geographic locations slowly but steadily, starting out with a focus on journals, then moving on to books and later to reference sources and electronic products. SAGE first began publishing materials that adhered to a narrow definition of “social science,” but over the years, the publisher has successfully embraced a range of other related disciplines, including communications, economics, political science, psychology, technology, and even medicine.

The purchase of Adam Matthew re-affirms SAGE’s commitment to growing the company by building on its deep roots in social sciences. However, it may also signal a shift in the company’s future direction, owing in part to the multi-disciplinary nature of the social science field but also to the fact that AM collections extend well beyond social sciences and history and comprise a hefty number of materials in the humanities, particularly literature and the arts.

The SAGE timeline

Below is a chronological listing of major events in SAGE’s history.

1965    SAGE granted its corporate charter in New York. SAGE’s first journal, Urban Affairs Quarterly, is published.

1966    SAGE founder, Sara Miller, moves from New York to California.

1971    SAGE Publications, Ltd., established in London.

1981    SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ltd., established in New Delhi. SAGE London publishing program launched.

1990    Corwin Press launches as a SAGE imprint.

2001    SAGE Reference launches.

2004    SAGE Asia-Pacific established in Singapore.

2008    SAGE acquires CQ Press.

2011    SAGE acquires Learning Matters.

2012    SAGE acquires Adam Matthew.



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