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Can your institution help you publish open access?

New! SAGE announces new open access publishing agreement with UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

SAGE Publishing announces an open access pilot program with the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning in 2020, the program will grant UNC-Chapel Hill access to SAGE Journals and provide funding to cover article publishing fees (APCs) for University researchers to make their SAGE research articles fully open access. Read on for the full announcement here.

When publishing your work open access, your institution may be able to help you to cover the open access article processing charge (APC). Your institution may have an open access prepaid account (OAPA) with SAGE in order to cover APCs or you may be eligible for a discount due to your institutional affiliation. Click the links below to find out more.

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Canada (CRKN)


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Germany (DFG)


Netherlands (VSNU)


United Kingdom (JISC/SHEDL/WHEEL)


Open Access Prepaid Accounts (OAPAs)

Institutions with an open access prepaid account (OAPA) have a fund with SAGE which can be used to cover open access processing charges (APCs) in both gold open access and hybrid journals.

If you are an institution that would like to open an OAPA with SAGE, please contact Mark Lord at

Below is a list of all institutions that currently have an OAPA with SAGE. To use your institution’s OAPA funds, contact your institution’s librarian and obtain your OAPA code. If you are publishing open access through SAGE Choice, you will enter the code in the licence agreement form. If you are publishing in a gold open access journal, you will enter the code into the payment system at the point of payment. 

Institution Terms Contact
Aston University Birmingham

Ask your librarian.
Cardiff University UKRI-funded authors only. If you are non-funded, email the contact address to apply for support covering APCs through invoice.                                                                                                                                                                       
Durham University UKRI-funded authors only.
Lancaster University Ask your librarian.
Newcastle University Ask your librarian.
Queen Mary University of London Ask your librarian.
University College London UCL is able to pay open access charges for MRC, Wellcome Trust and COAF funded authors in subscription and fully open access journals. UCL is also able to pay open access charges for UKRI-funded papers in fully open access journals.                     
University of Birmingham UKRI/Wellcome Trust/COAF funded authors, or for publication in fully open access journals.                   
University of Bristol Bristol can pay APCs for UKRI, Wellcome Trust and COAF funded authors. Only UKRI funded authors can use the OAPA. For non-UKRI-funded research, please contact the library.
University of Glasgow Ask your librarian.
University of Hull Ask your librarian.
University of Leeds UKRI/Wellcome Trust/COAF funded authors only.
University of Nottingham Log in to the university's Workspace page for further information.
University of Southampton For publications in hybrid journals, the University will cover the APC (at a discounted rate of £200) with the OAPA. Please contact the library on acceptance of your article for details of our OAPA code to enter on your SAGE Choice licence agreement.
University of St Andrews Ask your librarian.
University of Surrey UKRI-funded authors only. Limited funds are available for other Surrey corresponding authors who are full members of staff or students who are not funded or whose funder does not cover open access APCs.
University of Warwick Ask your librarian.
Colorado State, Ft.Collins The OAPA can be used to cover APCs for publications in the journal SAGE Open only.
University of Guelph The Library has prepaid vouchers to cover Guelph authors publishing open access in the journal SAGE Open. Please contact the library for information on how to apply for these vouchers.
Memorial University of Newfoundland                                  Ask your librarian.
Simon Fraser University Ask your librarian.
UNC Greensboro Ask your librarian. Please visit the website for contact information.
Qatar National Library

Ask your librarian.