SAGE has purchased Pion Limited, an independent publisher of academic journals.
The sale, which was brokered by Bertoli Mitchell LLP, was announced jointly by chairman for Pion, David Cohen and Ziyad Marar, SAGE’s global publishing director. The acquisition results in Pion’s entire publishing portfolio becoming a part of SAGE’s journal program.
Pion was founded by Adam Gelbtuch and John Ashby in 1959. Its portfolio comprises of the four journals in the ‘Environment and Planning’ series; Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, alongside Perception and the open access i-Perception.
Speaking of the acquisition, Stephen Barr, president of SAGE International, said: “Pion’s publishing portfolio represents exactly what SAGE has always aspired to publish: major journals at the cutting edge of the development of key fields. Since our founding in 1965, SAGE has developed a leading high quality portfolio of journals across the social science disciplines and the Pion journals are a natural addition to SAGE’s well established journal portfolio. We are delighted to be the new publisher of the Pion Journals program and we look forward to working with the esteemed editorial boards across this program.”
Cohen added: “Pion and SAGE have had a long established partnership working on shared projects, and through this we have seen the clear synergies both in our commitment to the publication of high quality interdisciplinary research and our approach to fulfilling our publishing goals. When looking for a home for our journal portfolio, SAGE was the natural choice. As one of the leading independent, academic publishers, we are confident that SAGE will nurture the academic and international growth of these journals.”