Global Social Sciences & Humanities Publishing 2021-2025

Global Social Sciences & Humanities Publishing 2021-2025

This report provides an overview and financial outlook for the global social science and humanities (SSH) publishing markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors’ performance through 2020. Simba has used the information it gathered through primary and secondary research to estimate company, market and individual publishing activity performance in 2020. Company performance is projected through 2021. Market and individual publishing activity performance is projected through 2025.

This research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing, including legal and business publishing, the results of which are available in the associated reports:

  • Global Social Science & Humanities Publishing 2018-2022;
  • Global Medical Publishing 2019-2023;
  • Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2019-2023;
  • STM Online Services 2019-2023;
  • Open Access Journal Publishing 2020-2024;
  • Open Access Book Publishing 2002-2024;
  • Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2020-2024.
For the purposes of this report, the social science and humanities publishing market is divided into five publishing activities: books, journals, online content, A&I services and other activities (a category that includes audio, video and meetings directly tied to individual journals).


  • Methodology
    • Definition of Social Science & Humanities Publishing
      • Social Science
      • Humanities
    • Definition of Social Science & Humanities Publishing by Media
      • Books
      • Journals
      • Online Content
      • Abstracting & Indexing Services
      • Other Activities
      • Elimination
    • Scope of the Report
    • Sources of Information
      • Primary & Secondary Research
      • Methodology for Projecting/Estimating Results
  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • What Are the Social Sciences & Humanities?
    • Key Facts & Trends
      • Research Funding in SSH Continues to Dwindle
      • There Is No Dominant Player
      • English Does Not Dominate in SSH, Though It Is Gaining
      • Journals Projected to Overtake Books as Largest SSH Publishing Activity in 2025
      • Journals Represent 37% of the Market
      • Big Deal Journal Packages Are Being Exchanged for Transformational Agreements
  • Social Science & Humanities Publishing Market
    • Introduction
      • Table Economist, IMF and Freedonia Group World GDP Snapshot, 2019-2021
    • Market Size
      • Books
        • Table Social Science & Humanities Publishing Market by Publishing Activity, 2018-2020
      • Journals
      • Online Content
      • Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) Services
      • Other Activities
      • Elimination
    • Social Science & Humanities Publishing by Geography
      • Language Splits & Major Publishing Hubs
      • Language Also Varies by Publishing Media
      • Currency
      • North America
      • Europe
        • Table Currency Exchange Rate Movements for Europe, 2018-2020
      • Asia-Pacific
        • Table Currency Exchange Rate Movements for Asia-Pacific, 2018-2020
      • Rest of the World
        • Table Currency Exchange Rate Movements for Rest of World, 2019-2020
  • Leading Social Science & Humanities Publishers
    • Introduction
    • Leading Social Science & Humanities Publishers
      • Table Leading Social Science & Humanities Publishers' Revenue, 2018-2020
    • Informa
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Elsevier
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Springer Nature
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • ProQuest
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • EBSCO Publishing
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • SAGE Publications Inc.
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
        • Table Leading Social Science Journal Publishers by 2019 Titles
      • Publishing Strategy
    • John Wiley & Sons
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Cengage Research
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Oxford University Press
      • Company Overview
        • Table Leading Book Publisher by Title Output 2020 in Philosophy & Music
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Cambridge University Press
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
        • Table Cambridge University Press Strongest SSH Subjects by Title Count, 2020
      • Publishing Strategy
    • Other Leading Social Science Publishers
      • Books
      • Journals and Online Content
      • University Presses
        • Table Leading University Presses by Revenue, 2019-2020
    • Mergers & Acquisitions in the SSH Publishing Market
      • Table Mergers & Acquisitions in SSH Publishing, 2018
      • Table Mergers & Acquisitions in SSH Publishing, 2019
      • Table Mergers & Acquisitions in SSH Publishing, 2020
  • Trends & Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Current Trends in Social Science & Humanities Publishing
      • SH Research Funding Is a Fraction of STM, Continues to Be Threatened
      • COVID-19 Cut SSH Book Output by Half
      • Open Access Books Are Building a Niche in SSH Publishing
        • Table Leading OA Book Publishers Ranked by Number of Titles, 2020
      • New SSH Journal Launches Continue to Decline
      • Big Deal Journal Packages Are Being Exchanged for Transformational Agreements
        • Table Largest Transformative Agreements by Number of Publications Covered
      • Open Access Presents Challenges in SSH
      • The Changing Face of International SSH Publishing
      • Social Science & Humanities Disciplines Are Dynamic, Evolving
      • Social Science Researchers Face Obstacles Using Big Data & Other Quantitative Methods
      • Weaknesses in Peer Review Undermine Credibility of SSH Research
      • Publishing Success Rests on Discoverability
    • Market Forecast
      • Introduction
        • Table Social Science & Humanities Publishing Forecast by Publishing Activity, 2021P-2025P
      • Books Forecast
      • Journals Forecast
      • Online Content Forecast
      • Abstracting & Indexing Services Forecast
      • Other Activities Forecast
      • Elimination Forecast
      • Forecast of Leading Publishers
        • Table Leading SSH Publishers' Revenue Forecast, 2020-2021P

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