New SAGE licence enables access to scholarship for University Alumni

AGE today announced a change to its licenses that will provide university alumni with access to the content hosted on the SAGE Journals, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge platforms through their university library. All alumni registered with subscribing or purchasing libraries will be able to access all SAGE products including over 645 scholarly and professional journals at no extra fee.

University libraries already support current students and scholars with access to online resources through both on-site and remote services. This new license will extend this offering to alumni via secure authentication, with alumni being authorised by their institutions. Libraries will have the option to opt in to this new license on renewing current subscriptions for 2013.

“SAGE is strongly committed to helping libraries to serve their communities by delivering access to quality content.” remarked Stephen Barr, President SAGE International. “There is an untapped opportunity here to support those who leave academia but remain keenly interested in research and scholarship via their academic libraries. Librarians remain at the heart of the dissemination of research support within their institutions, and this firmly supports their role in enabling life-long learning.”

Nicky Whitsed, Director of Library Services at The Open University remarked, “We warmly welcome the extension of SAGE licences to embrace alumni and hope that other publishers will extend their licences in this way. This is an important development that supports our wish to foster continuing links with our alumni.”