Published May 12, 2024 | Version v3
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Dataset - UK learned society publishers 2015-2023

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This dataset provides information about 277 UK learned societies that published peer reviewed journals in 2015, illustrating how the nature of their publishing activities had changed by 2023. The dataset includes information such as outsourced publishing partners, number of journals published (1, 2 or 3+), incoming resources, publishing revenues and publishing models.    

Learned society publishers represent a critical part of the publishing and scholarly communications ecosystem and the impact of changes in the landscape on this group of stakeholders as a whole is not well studied or understood. This dataset provides important insights into how learned society publishing in the UK has changed over time, showing that the number of self-published societies has reduced by 35% since 2015, that outsourcing relationships have become more complex and that societies' revenues from publishing have, in the main, failed to keep pace with inflation. 

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Dataset: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1476266.v1 (DOI)