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Penn Libraries and Sage Publishing Reach Open Access Agreement

The multi-year agreement will expand the availability and dissemination of Penn scholarly research.

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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries (Penn Libraries) and Sage Publishing announce a new open access (OA) agreement to expand the availability and dissemination of Penn scholarly research. The multi-year agreement provides Penn researchers with unlimited fee-free OA publishing rights in Sage’s 150+ fully OA journals (gold) and 900+ subscription-based journals with an OA option (hybrid). Penn researchers will also have access to Sage’s collection of journals in the social and behavioral sciences and growing STEM research portfolio.

The publishing agreement covers articles by eligible corresponding Penn authors that have been accepted into Sage’s production system between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2025. It also covers Royal Society of Medicine and Institution of Mechanical Engineers journals published by Sage. This open access publishing opportunity comes at no cost to Penn authors; the cost is covered by the Penn Libraries.

“Opening Penn’s research to the world makes access more equitable and magnifies its reach and impact,” said Brigitte Weinsteiger, Gershwind & Bennett Family Senior Associate Vice Provost for Collections & Scholarly Communications. “Through this new agreement with Sage, the Penn Libraries’ support for Penn’s research goes beyond what it has ever done before, enabling barrier-free access to all.”

Sage is a long-term advocate of open science. “We are delighted to announce this agreement with Penn and provide their researchers with an opportunity to share their work more widely and rapidly,” said Bob Howard, Executive Vice President, Research Editorial, Journals at Sage. “We recognize the importance of increasing transparency and accessibility of scientific research so that it can help inform societies and policymakers worldwide.”

The Sage agreement represents just one of many ways that the Penn Libraries supports open access. “With agreements like this one, the Penn Libraries is leading the way in embracing open-access publishing that will work seamlessly for Penn faculty and graduate students,” said Jerry A. Jacobs, Professor of Sociology. 

For more information on what the Penn Libraries-Sage agreement means for Penn researchers, please see the Penn Libraries guide to Sage Open Access Agreement. Sage’s Open Access Portal will also guide Penn authors through licenses and streamline the OA publication process. 


About the University of Pennsylvania Libraries 

The Penn Libraries provides a network of information resources and knowledge services that are vital to teaching, research, and learning at the University of Pennsylvania. This network includes 19 physical libraries, recognized for their collections, and a digital library known for innovation and richness of content. Through exhibitions and lectures, and through the acquisition and preservation of literary and artistic artifacts, the Penn Libraries documents a wealth of social and historical periods, bringing scholarship to life at the University and in the various communities it serves.

About Sage Publishing 

Sage is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and a growing suite of library products and services. Driven by the belief that social and behavioral science has the power to improve society, Sage focuses on publishing impactful research and enabling robust research methodology. Sage produces high quality educational resources that support instructors to prepare the citizens, policymakers, educators, and researchers of the future. Sage publishes more than 1,000 journals and 600 new books globally each year, as well as library resources that include archives, data, case studies, video, and technologies for discovery, access, and engagement. Sage’s founder, Sara Miller McCune, has transferred control of the company to an independent trust, guaranteeing its independence indefinitely.