The Penn Libraries has a 3-year agreement (2023-2025) with SAGE Publishing for Penn authors to publish articles open access with no article processing fees (APCs). Charges other than the APC may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines. Read more about the Sage-Penn Libraries Read and Publish agreement at Sage.
Which journals are included under the agreement?
Journals in these packages are included under the agreement:
SAGE publishes both both Hybrid and Gold journals. Their hybrid journal program is called "SAGE Choice." The majority of SAGE journals are hybrid and offer the option to publish OA with payment of an APC, which is covered by this agreement for eligible articles. For more information, see SAGE Choice - FAQs.
SAGE Gold OA Journals are entirely open access--free to all readers and do not require subscriptions. Most SAGE Gold OA journals require an APC, which is covered by this agreement for eligible articles. There are a few Gold OA journals that are exceptions to Libraries' agreement. For full details please see SAGE's Gold OA discount eligibility list.
What articles are eligible under the agreement?
Please note that SAGE will only look at the affiliation of the corresponding author for the article to determine eligibility. Authors will not be permitted to change the designated corresponding author of the article in order to qualify.
How can I tell if I am an eligible author?
Not sure if you have an eligible affiliation? Contact your subject librarian
Authors do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the agreement and invite 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.
How does it work?
Hybrid journals - Once an article with an eligible corresponding author is accepted, all authors of the article will receive an email from SAGE informing them that the Penn Libraries have entered into an agreement that allows them to make the article open access without a fee.
To move forward with publishing the article OA, one of the article's authors (does not need to be the corresponding author) must go into SAGE's Open Access portal to:
If the author(s) decide to reject Open Access publishing or do not sign the Open Access license within 14 days, the article will be published in a the traditional subscription access-only format.
Gold OA journals - Once an article with an eligible corresponding author is accepted, all authors of the article will receive an email from SAGE informing them that the Penn Libraries have entered into an agreement that allows them to publish the article with no direct cost.
To move forward, one of the article's authors (does not need to be the corresponding author) must go into SAGE's Open Access portal to:
For Gold OA journals, publication can only proceed once the OA license has been signed.
What are Creative Commons licenses and what are my options?
When you choose to publish your article open access, you will retain your copyright, and you will choose a Creative Commons license to have on top of your copyright. A creative commons license tells those who download your article how they are able to use it.
You can read more about Creative Commons license at our Services for Authors guide.
You can visit the Creative Commons site to learn about each Creative Commons license option.
CC BY - Attribution
CC BY-NC - Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Please talk to your subject librarian if you have specific questions about this agreement, the Creative Commons licenses, or the benefits of publishing open access.