The fifth-largest academic journal publisher, SAGE, yesterday (November 20) announced an agreement with linkurl:open access; science and medicine publisher, Hindawi, to launch a new series of open access journals, the Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reports.; Publication will be funded by author charges, using a linkurl:gold open access; model, the linkurl:press release; states. The UK-based SAGE will oversee the editorial side of the venture as well as marketing and promotion, while Hindawi will handle the technical aspects of the publication process. According to its linkurl:Web site,; SAGE, which publishes more than 485 journals in the sciences, business and humanities, already allows authors -- for a $3000 fee -- to deposit full versions of their paper to "PubMed Central or its international equivalents" in order to comply with UK and US funding agency regulations.

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