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Frequently Asked Questions

About SAGE Premier

What is SAGE Premier?

SAGE Premier is the largest journals package offered by SAGE. It includes international, peer-reviewed journals, including high-impact research titles published on behalf of over 400 scholarly and professional societies. Its interdisciplinary coverage is unparalleled, spanning subject areas including business; humanities; social sciences; science, technology, medicine; and many more.

Titles included in SAGE Premier are also available in smaller, discipline-specific packages:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) - includes 729 titles
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) - includes 487 titles available in the following 3 packages:
    • Science, Technology, and Medicine - 487 titles
    • Health Sciences -396 titles
    • Clinical Medicine - 276 titles


How do users access content within SAGE Premier?

Access is available via the SAGE Journals platform. Institutional access is via IP recognition and is available at

What browsers does the SAGE Journals platform support?

SAGE Journals is optimzied for use on the following browsers:

  • IE11 and later
  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari (latest version)

For the best experience of SAGE Journals we recommend using Chrome or Firefox, as these browsers are designed to support our fully responsive platform.

Is SAGE Premier content available in a mobile-optimized format?

Yes, all of SAGE's journal homepages utilize responsive design, allowing the screen to automatically resize to fit the reader's chosen device, so they can easily read an article on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Are subscribers able to use Athens and Shibboleth to access SAGE Premier remotely?

Yes. Athens and Shibboleth (federated access) are both supported for accessing content on the SAGE Journals platform. These offer a single sign-on experience to users. Shibboleth access is currently available for institutions in UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and Japan.

Can I use a proxy server?

Yes. This can be set up by ensuring the IP address of the proxy server is registered on the customer account. The use of a proxy server, for example EZProxy, can help provide access to subscribed content for authorized users based internally and externally.

Is SAGE Premier OpenURL Compliant?

Yes, the SAGE Journals platform is compliant with the most current OpenURL standard.


What content is included in SAGE Premier?

Electronic access to 1,000+ peer-reviewed journals and over 930,000 articles, with complimentary access back to 1999 (where available) while a current subscription is maintained. Subject areas covered in SAGE Premier include Health Sciences, Life & Biomedical Sciences, Materials Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Humanities.

How are titles chosen for inclusion in SAGE Premier and why are some titles not added?

In an effort to make SAGE Premier the most comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal content from SAGE, we aim to include as many journals as possible in the package.  Acquired titles that we do not have subscription files for by the time the package is set or titles acquired by SAGE after the package is set, are not included in the SAGE Premier set for the following year.

When is the title list for SAGE Premier finalized for the following year?

SAGE releases a new SAGE Premier set of titles annually no later than September 1 for the following subscription year.

If I am a SAGE Premier All-Access customer, when will I receive access to the new titles that get added to my package?

Access to the new titles will begin as of January 1. For titles that are not yet published as of January 1, access will be available once the journal is live on the SAGE Journals platform.

Approximately how many titles will be added to the platform each year?

We expect 20-40 titles to be added annually, based on the number of journals SAGE acquires each year.


How do I get usage statistics?

Please refer to our SAGE Journals Account Administrator Guide (located on our Training and Usage page) for instructions on how to access your Institutional Account area on SAGE Journals, which includes details on how to run usage reports.  Additional usage reporting information is available at

What COUNTER reports will I be able to get?

SAGE is a COUNTER compliant vendor and in order to retain this status our usage reports are audited on a regular basis.  We have ensured continued compliancy with the COUNTER Code of Practice and currently have the following reports available:

  • Journal Report 1 (Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal)
  • Journal Report 1 GOA (Number of Successful Gold Open Access Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal)
  • Journal Report 1a (Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests from an Archive by Month and Journal)
  • Journal Report 2 (Access Denied to Full-Text Articles by Month, Journal and Category)
  • Journal Report 3 (Number of Successful Item Requests by Month, Journal and Page-type)
  • Journal Report 5 (Number of Successfull Full-Text Article Reqeusts by Year-of-Publication (YOP) and Journal)

SAGE Journals is COUNTER 5 compliant.

Can I see more information on your Terms and Conditions of Use for institutional subscribers?

Yes, please see our full Terms and Conditions of Use of SAGE Journals, which are provided as guidance for authorized users and covers such topics as using purchased materials in the preparation of course packs, Inter-Library Loan (ILL) policies, etc.


Which E-Resource Management Services (ERMs) does SAGE participate in?

SAGE supplies weekly ERM feeds that are compliant with KBART (Knowledge Bases and Related Tools) II standard to the following services:

  • Serials Solutions: 360 Search
  • Serials Solutions: AquaBrowser
  • EBSCO Subscription Service
  • Ex-Libris
  • OCLC - WorldCat
  • TD-Net
  • Innovative Interfaces
  • WTCox

Which discovery services does SAGE participate in?

All SAGE journals are indexed in the following discovery services:

  • Summon
  • Serial Solutions
  • Primo (ProQuest/ExLibris)
  • OCLC Worldshare

SAGE regularly supplies metadata to these services to ensure that your library patrons are able to locate SAGE Premier journal content on your campuses. 

If your question is not answered above, please contact us.