Q&A open access

The FAQ have been categorized according to the following topics: General questions about open access, Questions about open access for scientists, Questions about negotiations with publishers and the role of other stakeholders, Current status on negotiations per publisher (Elsevier, SAGE, Springer, Wiley, OUP, ACS, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer and other publishers) and How about LingOA.

Current status on negotiations SAGE


What form does the agreement with SAGE take?

SAGE is an important publisher in GammawetenschappenHumanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology & Medicine. SAGE’s journals are held in high esteem in their subject area.

The deal for 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019 contains agreements regarding licences and open access for 97% of collection journals. Full 100% open access is not yet possible since some societies have yet to give permission. There is now no limit to the number of open access articles published. Open access is the standard option for researchers in the publication process in the journals involved and is free of charge for researchers.

Publication in Sage’s 92 Gold open access periodicals was not included in the contract proposals. Sage offers Dutch universities a 20% reduction on open access publishing in its 92 Gold open access journals. The list of journals can be found here.

Some changes have also been made to the licensing agreement. Access is now available to the 2017 collection of around 900 Humanities, Social Sciences and Science, Technology & Medicine journals. That represents an increase of around 100 titles compared to 2016, some of which were previously supplied to individual universities through separate additional subscriptions.

In the deal agreed for 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016, access by academics to SAGE journals was increased from more than 600 to over 700 journals. The second component of the agreement was the buying off of a large proportion of the open access publications.  

The ‘pre-paid bundle’ for open access includes a total of 200 articles which can be published as open access. This means 20% of Dutch output through SAGE will be accessible open access without handling costs. Which articles will be available open access and without handling costs is still being discussed.

Which journals are covered by the deal with SAGE?

Access by academics to SAGE journals will increase to over 900 journals as of 2017.  These titles are accessible under the ‘reading’ component of the agreement. As of 2016 97% of Dutch publications through SAGE will be accessible via Gold Open Access.  The list of journals included in the OA agreement can be found on a special weblink as of January 2017.


When will the SAGE deal come into force?

The official start date for the agreement is 1 January 2017.

How will the submission of articles work?

Working agreements have been made with SAGE regarding this new agreement. Open access is a (free) standard option for researchers publishing in the journals involved. The working agreements can be found by scrolling on this page to ‘Sage’. For more questions, please contact the staff of your university library.


Which authors can now publish their articles as open access with SAGE under the agreement?

All corresponding authors at Dutch universities and UMCs will be able to publish open access.