Technology from SAGE, which is a division of SAGE Publishing, has acquired Sciwheel.
Sciwheel is an award-winning tool providing library patrons with an easy way to discover, read, annotate, write, and share research. Sciwheel was created to go beyond traditional reference management by assisting students and researchers throughout the entire writing process. Sciwheel will be integrated with Technology from SAGE’s Lean Library, to create a comprehensive academic workflow tool.
Sciwheel includes a web-based application, a browser extension, and add-ins for Google Docs and Microsoft Word to connect resource discovery with academic writing. More than 200 institutions around the globe use its services to provide library patrons with reading, referencing and authorship support. The Sciwheel product and engineering team will join Technology from SAGE.
Lean Library has grown significantly in the past two years with the shift to remote learning and research, doubling its customer base as well as its average usage to 30% of an institution’s FTE. The acquisition comes in response to extensive research on the role of the librarian in supporting patron workflows. Based on a survey of 4,000 librarians and patrons, the 2021 Lean Library white paper, “Librarian Futures” found supporting patrons with workflow tools and embedding library services in the ‘life of the user’ as recurring needs.
Sciwheel founder Vitek Tracz, who Science described as the “seer of science publishing,” said: “Sciwheel has become a leading platform for individuals and organizations seeking an advanced reference management and authoring tool. We are delighted that it has found a long-term home within SAGE. I have been greatly impressed with SAGE’s approach to library software, always differentiating themselves by investing in innovation and risk over legacy. Their acquisition of Sciwheel and plans for the Sciwheel-Lean Library integration typify this, challenging the status quo in reference management and expanding patron workflow tools into new frontiers.”