About our publisher

Sage is a global academic publisher of books, journals and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, 24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, Sage is controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining its independence and mission indefinitely.

Sage’s guaranteed independence means it is:

  • Free to do more. Supporting an equitable academic future, furthering disciplines that drive social change and helping social and behavioral science make an impact.
  • Free to work together. Building lasting relationships, championing diverse perspectives and co-creating resources to transform teaching and learning.
  • Free to think long term. Experimenting, taking risks and investing in new ideas.

Sage’s mission is building bridges to knowledge — supporting the development of ideas through the research process to scholarship that is certified, taught and applied.

The Sage story

With $500 in start-up capital, a one-room office in New York City, and the mentorship of her future husband George McCune, Sara Miller launched Sage’s first journal in 1965—the first of what now numbers more than 1000.

The new company, named after its founders, Sara and George, moved to Southern California in 1966, and within its first decade had established an office in London, the start of Sage’s international presence.

Sage is known for its commitment to the social sciences: the Little Green Book Series; an expansive reference collection; research methods journals, videos and texts; and content emphasising critical thinking, data analysis and computational tools are all published with the aim of training current and future social scientists.

When Sara passed her shares of Sage to an independent trust, she enabled the company to invest with confidence in a mission that benefits academia and society for the long-term.

Find out more

Sage’s portfolio of more than 1,100 journals, including over 200 gold open access journals, and 400 society partners, helps researchers, educators, institutions and society partners shape the future. Find out more about Sage journals today.


29 Sep: How to protect the freedom to read in your library – webinar

Banned Books (Photo by Aimée Hamilton)

Banned Books (Photo by Aimée Hamilton / Index on Censorship)

What do you do when someone finds a book in your library offensive and wants to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way?

As part of Banned Books Week (27 September – 3 October), Sage Publications and Index on Censorship are collaborating for a one-hour webinar about protecting and promoting the freedom to read.

When: Tuesday September 29, 5pm UK (9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST)
Where: Online
Tickets: Free, but registration is required

Part I: How to use open communication to prevent book challenges

Kate Lechtenberg, teacher librarian at Iowa’s Ankeny Community School District, finds that conversations between librarians, teachers, students, and parents are a key way to creating a culture that understands and supports intellectual freedom. “The freedom to read is nothing without the freedom to discuss the ideas we find in books.”

Part II: How to handle a book challenge after it happens

Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, will share her unique experiences facing several book challenges (and a potential book burning!) when she served as a young adult librarian. How did she address the needs of upset parents and community members while maintaining unrestricted access to information and keeping important books on her shelves?

Part III: How to bring attention to the issue of banned books

Why would a supporter of free speech and open learning purposely ban a book? Scott DiMarco, director of the North Hall Library at Mansfield University, reveals how he once banned a book to shed light on library censorship and what else he is doing to support the freedom to read on his Pennsylvania campus.

Following the three presentations, there will be a Q&A moderated by Vicky Baker, deputy editor of Index on Censorship magazine.