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Social Science and Humanities Publishing 2009-2010

With the emergence of new technologies and the transition to digital delivery, professional publishers rely on Simba Information research to understand the future of their market and to guide their strategies. For this newest title to Simba's research catalog, Social Science and Humanities Publishing 2009-2010 analyzes the market size and trends shaping this segment of the industry.

This all-new intelligence provides a comprehensive, analytical look at the overall landscape of the social science and humanities publishing market, including:

  • Simba’s exclusive analysis of market size and structure;
  • Perspective on the demand for social science and humanities products;
  • Revenue and market share rankings of leading publishers;
  • Detailed profiles of leading Social Science and Humanities publishers worldwide, including McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Holtzbrinck and Cambridge University Press; and
  • Simba’s estimates for market growth in 2009.

The market for each segment (social science publishing and humanities publishing) is divided into the following content delivery channels: books, journals, online services (including abstracting and indexing), newsletters/looseleafs/directories and other, a category that includes audio, video and CD-ROM information.

Stamford, CT-Jan. 22, 2010-Faced with challenges from disruptive technologies, an uncertain future for its traditional publishing model and a titanic global recession, the market for social science and humanities publishing has still managed to grow, according to Social Science and Humanities Publishing 2009-2010, the latest strategic market report from Simba Information, a leading media industry forecast and analysis firm.

The global social science and humanities publishing market grew total sales 1.6% to $2.4 billion in 2009. Poor economic conditions in the U.S. hurt book sales and put publishers’ recurring journal subscription revenue in question as library budgets tighten.

Social science and humanities publishers often take a back seat to the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing sector because revenue is tied to scholarly monographs with niche appeal and journals that don’t attract the commercial interest of their STM counterparts. Still many small commercial publishers specializing in social science and humanities sustain levels of profit sufficient to satisfy their investors.

These presses confront substantial challenges, but also encounter significant opportunities. Advanced software and techniques for composition, cheaper digitization and file storage mechanisms, sophisticated online content management systems, and short-run and print-on-demand services all help presses lower costs for new publications and give renewed life to their backlist titles. Similarly, the growth of the Web, powerful discovery tools such as Google and the other search engines, and the opening of new distribution channels such as have made it possible to reach new markets beyond university libraries.

To exploit these opportunities, social science and humanities publishers must make strategic investments in existing and emerging forms of publication, continuously review their more specialized processes and make technical and other investments wherever possible to reduce costs. In addition, presses need to form strategic alliances among themselves to strengthen and improve the publishing services they provide to the scholarly community.

This report provides an overview and financial outlook for the global social science and humanities publishing markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors’ performance. This research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing.

The market for social sciences and the market humanities are divided into four content delivery channels: books, journals, online services (including abstracting and indexing) and other, a category that includes audio, video and CD-ROM information.

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  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Social Science Publishing
    • Introduction
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Table Social Science Market Size by Media, 2007-2009E ($ in millions)
      • Books
        • Table English-Language Social Science Book Titles by Subject, 2008
      • Journals
        • Table Social Science Publishing Media Market Share by Segment, 2008
        • Table Key Social Science Journal Titles by Subject, 2008
      • Online Services/A&I
      • Other
    • Leading Social Science Publishers
      • Informa
      • John Wiley & Sons Inc.
        • Table Leading Social Science Publishers, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
      • EBSCO
      • Cengage
      • Holtzbrinck
      • SAGE
      • Cambridge University Press
      • Oxford University Press
      • Pearson plc
      • The McGraw-Hill Cos.
    • Current Trends in Social Science Publishing
      • Surviving the Digital Age
      • Advancing Scholarship Takes a Backseat to the Bottom Line
      • Can Technology Rescue University Presses?
      • The Dawn of Open Access
      • University Presses Biding Time
  • Humanities Publishing
    • Introduction
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Table Global Humanities Publishing Revenue by Segment, 2007-2009E ($ in millions)
      • Books
        • Table Arts & Humanities Book Titles by Key Subject, 2008
      • Journals
      • Online Services/A&I
        • Table Number of Active Arts & Humanities Journals, 2008-2009
        • Table Humanities Publishing Media Market Share by Segment, 2008
      • Other
    • Leading Humanities Publishers
      • Cengage Learning
      • Informa
        • Table Leading Humanities Publishers, 2007-2009E ($ in 000)
      • Oxford University Press
      • McGraw-Hill
      • ProQuest
      • Pearson
      • Cambridge University Press
      • EBSCO
      • University of Chicago Press
      • SAGE
    • Other Humanities Players
      • Abrams
      • Cornell University Press
      • Hackett Publishing Company
      • Harvard University Press
      • Penn State University Press
      • Princeton University Press
      • Yale University Press
    • Current Trends in Humanities Publishing
      • Humanities Publishing Challenges Threaten Advancement of Scholarship
      • Mission of Scholarly Humanities Publishers Blurred Over Time
      • Publishing Experiments Seek Ways to Address the Industry's Challenges
      • Seeking to Attract Wider Audiences to Humanities Books
      • Why Did Library Budgets Shift to Journals?
      • University Publishing Now `Out of Step' with Academics; Strategy Needed
      • University Presses Becoming Electronic for Survival?
      • Libraries Are Told Open Access to Research Is Inevitable
  • University Press, Society and Association Publishing
    • University Presses
    • Segment Size
      • Table Leading University Press Publishers, Ranked by FY2008 Revenue ($ in millions)
    • Leading University Presses
      • Oxford University Press
      • Cambridge University Press
      • Harvard Business Press
      • The University of Chicago Press
      • The University of California Press
      • Yale University Press
      • MIT Press
      • Johns Hopkins University Press
      • Duke University Press
      • Columbia University Press
    • Current Trends in University Press Publishing
      • Settling with the Google Book Search Settlement
      • Online Publishing Driving Growth
      • Presses Start to Merge with Libraries
      • Print on Demand, E-Book Strategies Favored
      • Threat of Open Access
      • Piracy and University Presses
      • The Plight of the Monograph
    • Society and Association Publishers
    • Segment Size
    • Leading Society/Association Presses
      • American Chemical Society (ACS)
        • Table Leading Society/Association Publishers, Ranked by 2008 Publishing Revenue ($ in millions)
      • The American Medical Association (AMA)
      • IEEE
      • British Medical Association (BMA)
      • Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
      • The American Psychological Association (APA)
      • Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing
      • American Institute of Physics (AIP)
      • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
      • Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing
      • The American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Current Trends in Society/Association Publishing
      • Electronic Publishing on the Rise as Print Ebbs
      • Doing What It Takes to Survive
      • Survey: Societies' Primary Concern Is International Expansion
      • Some Society Publishers Acknowledge Benefits to Open Access
  • Company Profiles
    • Brill
      • Table Key Statistics: Brill
      • Table Financial Overview: Brill, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Cambridge University Press
      • Table Key Statistics: Cambridge University Press
      • Table Financial Overview: Cambridge University Press, Fiscal 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Cengage Learning
      • Table Key Statistics: Cengage Learning
      • Table Financial Overview: Cengage Learning, Fiscal 2007-2009 ($ in 000)
    • EBSCO Publishing
      • Table Key Statistics: EBSCO Publishing
      • Table Financial Overview: EBSCO Publishing, Fiscal 2007-2009 ($ in 000)
    • Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
      • Table Key Statistics: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
      • Table Financial Overview: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2007E-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Holtzbrinck
      • Table Key Statistics: Holtzbrinck
      • Table Financial Overview: Holtzbrinck, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Informa PLC
      • Table Key Statistics: Informa PLC
      • Table Financial Overview: Informa PLC, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Maney Publishing
      • Table Key Statistics: Maney Publishing
      • Table Financial Overview: Maney Publishing, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • The McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: McGraw-Hill
      • Table Financial Overview: McGraw-Hill, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Oxford University Press
      • Table Key Statistics: Oxford University Press
      • Table Financial Overview: Oxford University Press, Fiscal 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • Pearson PLC
      • Table Key Statistics: Pearson PLC
      • Table Financial Overview: Pearson, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • ProQuest
      • Table Key Statistics: ProQuest
      • Table Financial Overview: ProQuest, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • SAGE Publications Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: SAGE Publications Inc.
      • Table Financial Overview: SAGE Publications, 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • University of Chicago Press
      • Table Key Statistics: University of Chicago Press
      • Table Financial Overview: University of Chicago Press, Fiscal 2007-2009P ($ in 000)
    • John Wiley & Sons Inc.
      • Table Key Statistics: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
      • Table Financial Overview: John Wiley & Sons, Fiscal 2007-2009 ($ in 000)

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