Not being able to outpace subscription inflation, the W. Frank Steely Library is proposing to discontinue our SAGE full-text journal subscription. While SAGE does not appear in our list of databases, SAGE publishing provides the full-text for some of the articles found within databases like PsycInfo, CINAHL, etc. While making fewer materials immediately available to students, faculty, and staff is antithetical to our core values of access to information, the cost of SAGE has simply become unsustainable within our current budgetary constraints.
Generally, subscriptions increase 6% to 8% annually; if the Library were to continue with SAGE, we would be facing a 20% increase this year. Such an increase would require the Library to discontinue a large number of general and disciplinary database subscriptions to make up the difference. SAGE alone would consume roughly 10% of our entire budget for subscriptions this year.
It is important to note that if we discontinue our subscription, SAGE articles will continue to appear in your search results, but without the full-text. Like all articles not available as full-text, any SAGE article can be requested via our resource sharing and interlibrary loan service, SourceFinder, free of charge. Funds permitting, the Library will also consider subscribing to the most used, individual SAGE journals, restoring immediate full-text to just those titles within our databases.
Our current SAGE subscription ends in December, but the Library is contractually obligated to notify SAGE of our intentions in October. Therefore, I would like to hear what impact discontinuing SAGE full-text would have on you: our students, our faculty, and our staff. Please send your feedback to me at email@example.com before October 12, 2018.
Robert Zai III
W. Frank Steely Library
507 W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099
A complete list of SAGE journal titles can be found here.