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SAGE Publishing partners with Figshare to support wider access to article supplemental material

April 26, 2018

SAGE Publishing today announces a new partnership with Figshare, the industry leading open repository of research data.  This partnership will help us improve the discoverability of supplemental material we publish for our authors, as well as support the display of this material online.

Launched in 2011, Figshare is dedicated to improving the reach, discoverability, and reusability of scholarly research. It accepts a variety of types of material, such as datasets, figures, posters, and more. Enhancing discoverability, Figshare assigns a citable digital object identifier (DOI) to each file, enabling researchers to receive full credit for their work.

SAGE and Figshare are working together to integrate the new services across existing journal workflows, supporting SAGE journal authors by submitting supplemental material to Figshare concurrent with article publication online. The services will help SAGE journal authors to preserve and manage their material and collaborate on research projects, whilst ensuring their supplemental material is widely accessible.

Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Global Journals, SAGE Publishing, commented: "SAGE has a commitment to our authors to enable and support them in publishing the best global research and to help facilitate accessibility to this research. This new partnership with Figshare will help to enhance our offerings to authors, enabling improved discoverability and public accessibility of their research supplemental material, making it more transparent through forward thinking services and content features."

Mark Hahnel, CEO and Founder of Figshare, said: “We’re excited to be working with SAGE to showcase and promote their authors’ data in an accessible way.”

Figshare’s platform includes interactive visualization tools that help to bring research data to life. It also enables researchers to measure the impact of their supplemental material by providing metrics on how many views, shares, citations, and downloads they receive.

Figshare has been integrated across participating SAGE journals beginning in March 2018. For more information, visit SAGE’s new portal within the Figshare platform at To view the Figshare integration on the SAGE Journals platform, please see the following example:

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Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. 

Figshare is a web-based platform to help academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs. The light-touch and user-friendly approach focuses on four key areas: research data management, reporting and statistics, research data dissemination and administrative control. Figshare works with institutions in North America and internationally to help them meet key funder recommendations and to provide world-leading tools to support an open culture of data sharing and collaboration. For more information on Figshare, visit, a Digital Science portfolio company:

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies and investments include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, GRID, IFI CLAIMS, Labguru, Peerwith, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic, TetraScience, Transcriptic, and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Visit

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