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Journal Author Archiving Policies and Re-Use

SAGE Journal authors are able to use their Contribution in certain circumstances without any further permission.

Green Open Access: SAGE’s archiving policy

It is important to check the submission guidelines for the journal to which you have submitted your Contribution to review the journal's policy regarding author re-use.

Version 1 original submission to the journal (before peer review)
Version 2

original submission to the journal with your revisions after peer review, often the version accepted by the editor

Version 3 copy-edited and typeset proofs and the final published version

SAGE's standard policies allow the following re-use rights:

  • You may share the version of the Contribution you submitted to the journal (version 1) anywhere at any time.
  • Once the Contribution has been accepted for publication, you may post the accepted version (version 2) of the Contribution on your own personal website, your department's website or the repository of your institution without any restrictions.
  • You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the Contribution in any repository other than those listed above (i.e. you may not deposit in the repository of another institution or a subject repository) until 12 months after first publication of the Contribution in the journal.
  • You may use the published Contribution (version 3) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.
  • You may use the published Contribution (version 3) in a book authored or edited by you at any time after publication in the journal. This does not apply to books where you are contributing a chapter to a book authored or edited by someone else.
  • You may not post the published Contribution (version 3) on a website or in a repository without permission from SAGE.
  • When posting or re-using the Contribution, please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the Contribution on SAGE Journals ( and please make the following acknowledgement: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in [Journal], Vol/Issue, Month/Year published by SAGE Publishing, All rights reserved.

The chart below includes common requests and an explanation of which 'version' of the article can be used in each circumstance.

I want to: cleared permission requires permission
include up to one full article in my unpublished dissertation or thesis Version 3
supply my article to my students or use the article for teaching purposes Version 3
supply my article to a research colleague at an academic institution Version 3
supply my article to a commercial organization for republication, distribution or a web posting X
upload my article to my institution repository or department website Version 2
upload my article to a repository NOT affiliated with my institution, 12 months after publication Version 2
republish my article in a book I am writing or editing Version 3
contribute my article to a book edited or written by someone else X

If your re-use is not already covered by our standard re-use policy, you can request permission by following the instructions at Journals Permissions.

If you are the corresponding author of a Contribution, you will receive e-prints which are PDF offprints. Full information on what you can do with these will be provided to you with the link to the e-prints. More information on our Author e-prints policy.

It is not SAGE’s policy to provide PDFs of the published Contribution (version 3) for mounting on servers or in institutional repositories. However, you may update your own version of the article (version 1 or version 2) to reflect changes to the content made during production and convert that article into PDF form. Full details of SAGE’s policy regarding posting of PDFs are covered in the Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will have signed as an author.

For advice on how to clear permission for a Contribution you intend to submit for publication in a SAGE Journal, please visit our Author Gateway Copyright and Permissions FAQ.


Gold Open Access and SAGE Choice

If you wish to re-use an Open Access Contribution published under a Creative Commons License, visit our page on Re-use of Open Access Content for more information.