SAGE Open is an open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
SAGE Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open’s interactive comments feature and article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Why publish in SAGE Open:
- Global distribution of your research via the award-winning SAGE Journals online platform
- Professional copyediting and typesetting of your article will ensure quality
- Continuous-publication online format ensures rapid publication upon acceptance
Who should submit manuscripts to SAGE Open?
- Authors who want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform
- Authors who want their articles branded and marketed by a world-leading social science publisher
- Authors who want or need their articles to be open access because of university or government mandates
- Authors who want their articles to receive quality reviews and efficient production
To view SAGE Open’s list of Editorial Board members please visit http://sgo.sagepub.com/editorial-board.
Manuscript submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, SAGE’s web-based peer review and submission system, powered by ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen for full manuscript submission guidelines.
Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Open access article processing charge (APC) information
The APC for this journal is currently $480 USD, discounted from the full rate of $800 USD.
The APC is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before publication. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.
SAGE Open publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Accepted articles span the full extent of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
SAGE Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.
SAGE Open offers authors quick review and decision times; a speedy, continuous-publication format; and global distribution for their research via SAGE Journals Online. All articles are professionally copyedited and typeset to ensure quality.
Those who should submit to SAGE Open include:
- Authors who want their articles to receive quality reviews and efficient production, ensuring the quickest publication time.
- Authors who want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform.
- Authors who want their articles branded and marketed by a world-leading social science publisher.
- Authors who want or need their articles to be open access because of university or government mandates.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing,
and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts
not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Please also be sure to look over the submission checklist here before submitting.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of SAGE Open will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original
work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the
Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published
elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of
any copyright works not owned by you.
An article processing charge (APC) of $480 USD (plus tax where applicable), discounted from the full rate of $800 USD, will be payable on acceptance if the manuscript is accepted after peer review.
Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- What do we publish?
3.1 Aims & scope
3.2 Article types
3.3 Writing your paper
3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
4.7 Research data
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.1.2 Prior publication
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplemental material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
7.3 Information required for completing your submission
7.5 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
SAGE Open is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made
freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license
and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of
article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon
acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
(APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
An article processing charge (APC) of $395 USD (plus tax where applicable) will be payable on acceptance if the manuscript is accepted after peer review.
As of 1 February 2019, the APC will increase to $800 USD. For a limited time, all authors will be eligible for a 40% discount on the APC, bringing the total payable to $480 USD. The APC is based on the date of original peer review submission, therefore all articles submitted before 1 February 2019 will remain eligible for the lower APC regardless of the article’s date of acceptance.
Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE Open, please ensure you have read the Aims &
SAGE Open welcomes the submission of original research articles and literature reviews.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. SAGE Open
utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and
information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible,
while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the
Article Editor who then make the final decision.
The approach of SAGE Open's peer review process differs from that of traditional journals.
Rather than assessing the relative 'importance' of a given article to its respective field, peer
review will instead focus solely on determining the quality of research methodology, that is,
determining whether the research was conducted properly, the discussion accurately
summarizes the research, and the conclusion follows logically from the research. Readers and
the academic community at large will then have the power to continue the peer review process
after online publication, helping to determine the significance of each article through the ability
to share a discuss articles freely and through article-level usage metrics.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.
SAGE Open is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such
has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give
credit for peer review. Reviewers for SAGE Open can opt in to Publons in order to claim their
reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers
claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name,
reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more
information visit the Publons website.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors.
Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the
relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their
status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that
substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Individuals who are not listed authors but who submit manuscripts on behalf of the authors (i.e. submitting third parties) must be listed in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. Authors must disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify any entities that paid for this assistance. A statement must also be present confirming that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party. Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
SAGE reserves the right to reject articles that can be found for sale online.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
SAGE Open requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a
separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state
that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial,
or not-for-profit sectors.
SAGE Open encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and
recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Please include any declaration in file separate from the main text, after any acknowledgements,
under the heading 'Conflicts of Interest.' If no declaration is made the following will be printed
under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that
‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial
relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the forprofit
interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied
in the text of the article.
Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of
interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to
assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the
Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, SAGE Open encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to
refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the
Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway. Journal policy prohibits an author from
submitting the same manuscript for consideration by another journal and does not allow
publication of a manuscript that has been published in whole or in part by another journal.
SAGE Open and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best
practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we
always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to
protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked
with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized
other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient
acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to
take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction);
retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's
institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses.
The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows
others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For
more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Templates are available on the Manuscript
Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
SAGE Open adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure
your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript
formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit
SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
SAGE Open is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system
powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen to
login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to
create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely
that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript
online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Please be sure to write your titles and abstracts with a global, interdisciplinary audience in mind.
Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and may present original
research or literature reviews. The word count (which includes all text including the abstract,
manuscript, notes, tables, figures, etc.) should appear on the title page.
Manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words, and, beneath the abstract,
4-5 keywords. When preparing your abstract, we suggest you describe the purpose of your
research, the methods or approaches you used, your results, and your conclusions.
All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the sixth edition of the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and
telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should
be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must
match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the
required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
(including reporting guidelines where relevant).
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production,
the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
Your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within 5-6 weeks.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
process should be sent to the SAGE Open editorial office as follows: