What is perpetual access?

Modified on Mon, 15 Apr at 9:47 AM



Perpetual access is the right to ongoing access to electronic sources. Where digital materials are licensed, access to these materials is often lost after the licensing agreement has expired.

What is Perpetual Access?

  • Sage began offering online subscriptions in 1999. You can maintain perpetual access to all the purchased content. Therefore, if you have purchased volumes, that included an online component from 1999 through 2024, you retain perpetual online access to those volumes. Sage retains the right to provide you with purchased online content in a digital medium for local hosting in the future.
  • We have digitized back issues and are pleased to be able to offer access to the deep backfile of our journals (where available) back to volume 1. You can lease individual backfiles by subscribing at the Combined Plus Backfile or E-Access Plus Backfile subscription rate. This rate includes an additional fee to lease the backfile back to volume 1. Alternatively, you can purchase the individual backfile in return for a one-off price and a small annual hosting fee, to cover costs associated with hosting the content at Sage Journals.

Contact Information

  • For queries related to North, South or Central America, contact the US Library Support Team at libsupport@sagepub.com
  • For queries related to the UK and/or any other international territories, contact the UK Library Support Team at librarysupport@sagepub.co.uk

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