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Sage Journals: Open Access Resources

This guide provides content support for Sage Journals and publishing resources for librarians, faculty, instructors, researchers, and academic students.



Sage Open is an open access publication from Sage. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

Sage Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, Sage Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, Sage Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, Sage Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.

OA Publishing Options

Sage has been actively engaged with the open access debate from very early on. It is core to our culture and philosophy to be open to new, innovative developments in every sector we work in. Our approach to open access is fundamentally driven by the technological advances we have seen over the last two decades and provides many opportunities. We believe that the best way to assess what impact it will have is to engage and experiment. Read our position statement to learn more about open access history and publishing at Sage.

The Gold Route

Sage publishes a rapidly growing list of Gold Open Access journals. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed retaining the quality hallmarks of the academic publishing process that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional Sage journal. Most Sage pure gold open access journals are supported by the payment of an article processing charge (APC) by the author, institution or research funder of the accepted manuscript. For more detail visit the specific journal websites.

Sage Choice

The Sage Choice program offers authors the option to make their articles freely available upon publication in most subscription-based Sage Journals.

The Green Route

In our Green Open Access option you may share the Original Submission or Accepted Manuscript at any time after your paper is accepted and in any format.

Research Data Sharing Policies

At Sage we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. We support and encourage research data to be shared, discoverable, citable, and recognized as an intellectual product of value. Read more about our research data sharing policies here.

Sage Book Content Open Access Policy

Discover our Book Content Open Access policy for books published by Sage.

Become a Guest Editor in an Open Access Journal

Serving as a Guest Editor for an Open Access journal can help advance your career, grow your research networks, and make a meaningful impact in your field. Find out more about submitting a proposal for an Open Access Special Collection.

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The Sage Open Access Portal

The Sage Open Access Portal (SOAP) is an integrated online platform that provides a single portal for authors, consortia, libraries and funders to manage open access publishing across more than 1000 journals published by Sage including titles published on behalf of, or in association with, over 400 societies. Launched in early 2020, the Sage Open Access Portal now supports both Sage Choice, our hybrid OA publishing option for 900+ journals, as well as Sage’s 180+ pure Gold Open Access journals. Read our SOAP FAQs to learn more about the Sage Open Access Portal or use the following links below for additional user support guides:

OA Support Resources

Funding Open Access Research

Learn more about ways to Fund Your Open Access Research and different types of open access models available through Sage.

APC Waiver Policy

Corresponding Authors who reside in the countries described by the Research4Life program (both Group A and Group B) publishing in one of Sage’s gold open access journals will automatically receive a full APC waiver without needing to take any action. Additional waiver requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about Sage's APC Waivers Policy here

OA Agreements

Find out more about Open Access Agreements at Sage including whether your institution has an agreement with Sage.


Visit our OA FAQs page to address common questions around open access as well as specific questions regarding Sage's approach to open access.


Sage Path is a service that helps you quickly and easily find, submit, and get published with the right Sage journal. The

Sage Journal Recommender is a search tool that will help you find a journal based on the subject and content of your manuscript. Enter keywords and the title of your manuscript to search over 1,000 Sage journals and compare those most relevant for your research. Search results can be limited to those participating in Sage Path.