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Penn State University Libraries

SAGE has an agreement with Penn State University Libraries to publish articles open access. The agreement for participating organizations will run (commencing January 1) between 2022 and 2023. The details of the agreement are as follows:

The corresponding author must be affiliated with Penn State for their article to qualify for the agreement.

Subscription journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals (the 2022 SAGE Premier package) and IMechE Journal Collection which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, free of charge. Charges other than the author article process charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. SAGE will contact all eligible authors informing them of the Open Access agreement with Penn State inviting them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.

Please note all authors should still complete the steps to sign SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. SAGE still requires this agreement for your article to proceed to production at SAGE. Through the SAGE Open Access Portal, you will automatically receive an open access (SAGE Choice) Contributor’s Agreement that will replace the earlier signed agreement.

Gold open access journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal can also be published free of charge where the journal is eligible for the agreement. For participating journals view the gold journal title list. This 100% gold discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal. 

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University of California (UC)

SAGE and the University of California has entered into a three-year transformative open access agreement effective from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024. The agreement includes open access publishing of an unlimited number of articles by corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and provides researchers throughout the UC system with expanded reading access to the full portfolio of SAGE journals.

For more information please visit SAGE Transformative Open Access Agreement

This agreement covers all 10 University of California campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

  • University of California, Berkeley (including Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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.

For any UNC researchers who want to learn more about the program, please visit the UNC Libraries' website.