How do I create WAYFless URLs?

Modified on Fri, 9 Dec, 2022 at 12:50 AM

WAYFless (Where Are You From) URLs provide authenticated access (via OpenAthens or Shibboleth) to online content.

WAYFless URL format:<entityID url>&target=<url to the requested page> 

The WAYFless URL contains the following parameters: 

  1. entityID
  2. target URL

1.    Set the entityID parameter to your institution's OpenAthens or Shibboleth Entity ID URL.

2.    Set the target parameter to the SAGE URL (the target) you are linking to

3. URL encode both parameter values. To do this, update the following URL characters:

  • %3a replaces :
  • %2f replaces /
  • For example, after URL encoding, the SAGE Research Methods URL changes from to

Account administrators will also find their WAYFless URL, with your entity ID details pre-populated and encoded in your Secure Center administrator profile. 

In Secure Center, your WAYFless URL is listed under your "Account Detail" under your Authentication settings.


Other examples of SAGE resources which will work with this WAYFless URL format:

SAGE Knowledge

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Video

SAGE Business Cases

CQ Press Library

CQ Researcher

For an example of a CQ Researcher WAYFless URL, using this template, please refer to this article:

How to link to a title directly on CQ Press website using WAYFless.

For information on how to setup your OpenAthens or Shibboleth access method please refer to this article:

How do I enable OpenAthens or Shibboleth access?

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