Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced 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.
Under the agreement, SAGE and the University Libraries will offer APC funding to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and students for a number of articles accepted for publication in a SAGE subscription journal under an open access option. For articles that derive from funded research, the APC will be charged at a discounted rate. Furthermore, library patrons will receive full access to all journal content in the ‘SAGE Premier All Access’ journal collection, which includes more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals published on behalf of over 500 scholarly and professional societies.
SAGE and the librarians at UNC-Chapel Hill conceived the program out of a shared desire to help researchers find and disseminate the world’s best scholarship and in response to an increase in open access funder requirements.
SAGE was an early driver of open access publishing as a founding board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association; one of two publishing partners in the European Commission-funded FP7 Framework project, the Study of Open Access Publishing; and launching SAGE Open, the first broad-spectrum open access journal aimed specifically at the Social and Behavioral Sciences. SAGE today publishes more than 200 fully gold open access journals.
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