How do I create a Shibboleth WAYFless URL?

Modified on Thu, 11 Apr 2024 at 10:31 PM

WAYFless (Where Are You From) URLs provide authenticated access (via Shibboleth) to journal content without requiring the user to login to the Sage Journals website.

To create a Shibboleth WAYFless URL for Sage Journals:

  1. update the following URL's parameters:
    • Set the idp parameter to equal the institution's Shibboleth Entity ID (For a list of institutions and Shibboleth WAYFless URLs, please go to
    • Set the redirectUri parameter to equal the URL of the journal or article on the Sage Journals website
    • Set the targetSP parameter to equal the Sage Journals website.
  2. URL encode all parameter values. Update the following URL characters:
    • %3a replaces :
    • %2f replaces /
    • For example, after URL encoding, the Sage Journals homepage URL changes from to


The redirectUri is an optional parameter. By default, users will be redirected to the Sage Journals homepage If included, the redirectUri parameter should be fully qualified.

To redirect to a particular journal on the Sage Journals website, append the journal's abbreviation to the main URL. For example the American Journal of Sports Medicine's abbreviation is AJS, so the redirectUri parameter would be set to equal

To redirect to a specific article, change the redirectUri parameter to include the article doi, for example

For information on how to setup Shibboleth as your institution's Sage Journals access method, please refer to this article: 

How do I set up Shibboleth?

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