New open access publishing agreement with SAGE for UCSC authors

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The UC Libraries just added a new two year open access publishing agreement with SAGE. This agreement enables all UCSC authors to publish open access articles with support from the UCSC Library. This two-year agreement starts June 7 and is retroactive to January 1, 2022.

The UCSC Library will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee for UCSC authors. After that, there are two options for the remainder:

  • If you need full support for the open access cost, the Library will cover the remainder of the open access fee. We welcome and expect authors without funds to use this full coverage option. 
  • If you have research/grant funds available, we ask you to pay the remainder of the fee so that the Library can continue subsidizing more open access articles in the future. If your funds are already earmarked for something else, the Library will still cover the full cost.

This pilot includes all of the UC campuses. Consistent with the other agreements, cost controls are in place so that the total paid by the UC libraries during the agreement is bounded, and APC rates will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement.

For more details about the agreement, please see our SAGE FAQ.

This SAGE Agreement is the 14th open access publishing agreement that the university has negotiated for our authors. The UC’s have 13 other agreements across the disciplines: ACM, ACS, Biochemical Society/Portland Press, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Science Publishing, Company of Biologists, Elsevier, JMIR Publications, National Academy of Sciences, PLoS, Royal Society, Springer Nature, and Wiley. We also have open access publishing discounts with a number of publishers.

Please contact the UCSC Library at with questions.