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Guidelines for SAGE Authors

For an overview of the below information, please view our printable guide to re-use policies here

Authors Re-Using Their Own Work

SAGE Journal authors are able to reuse their Contribution in certain circumstances without requiring permission from SAGE. Most SAGE journals allow authors to reuse their Contributions in accordance with SAGE's Green Open Access policy, which is detailed below. If a journal’s reuse policy is an exception to the standard policy, the specific terms for that journal will be supplied in the author’s Contributor Agreement; for a list of titles with policy exceptions, see below.

Note: For Contributions published as SAGE Choice, or via Gold Open Access journals, see Reusing Open Access and SAGE Choice Content. Authors of papers published under a Creative Commons license (either in an Open Access journal or under the SAGE Choice option) with a non-commercial (NC) or no derivatives (ND) specification may reuse their work under the terms of the Creative Commons license attached to their article and additionally may reuse their work as stated under the Green Open Access policy below. For a list of SAGE's Gold Open Access journals, please see Gold Open Access journals.


Green Open Access: SAGE’s Archiving and Sharing Policy

When posting or reusing your Contribution under this policy, the original source must be appropriately credited by including the full citation information. After your Contribution has been accepted for publication and until it is assigned a DOI, please include a statement that your Contribution has been accepted for publication in the journal. Once full citation information for your Contribution is available, please include this with your article, in a format similar to the following: Author(s), Article Title, Journal Title (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © [year] (Copyright Holder). DOI: [DOI number].

  • You may share the Original Submission1 anywhere at any time.
  • Once the Contribution has been accepted for publication, you may post the Accepted Version2 of the Contribution on your own personal website, your department's website or the repository of your institution. For more information on use of Institutional Repository (IR) copies by authors and IR users, see Posting to an Institutional Repository - Green Open Access.
  • Twelve (12) months after the date of initial publication, you may arrange for the Accepted Version2 of the Contribution to be made publicly available on any scholarly collaboration network (SCN) or non-commercial platform (including a non-commercial database or repository not affiliated with your institution) with use limited to non-commercial purposes*. With respect to repositories and databases that enable depositing a manuscript with delayed public availability, you may deposit the manuscript any time after acceptance with the condition that the manuscript is not made publicly available until twelve (12) months after its publication in the journal.
  • You may use the Final, Published Version3 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 Final, Published Version3 in a book authored or edited by you at any time after publication in the journal. Permission is required if the book is authored or edited by someone else.
  • You may not post the Final, Published Version3 on a website or in a repository without permission from SAGE.

*Non-commercial use of the Contribution may include printing, downloading, copying, and text and data-mining the content of the Contribution. Users who are not the author should only save downloaded copies of the Contribution, or excerpts thereof, to the user's personal files and shall not post or share the materials with any other parties.

Only the author has the right to arrange posting the author's Contribution on any websites or repositories and users should not re-post to a public website or repository any Contribution copies that they did not author.


Common Requests under Green Open Access Policy


On a website

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Upload my Contribution to my institution repository or department website

(see Posting to an Institutional Repository)

Accepted Version2  
  Upload my Contribution to a non-commercial platform (including a database or repository NOT affiliated with my institution) 12 months after publication Accepted Version2  
  Upload my Contribution to a non-commercial platform (including a database or repository NOT affiliated with my institution) without an embargo period Original Submission1  

In Education

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Include my Contribution in my dissertation or thesis, which may be posted in an Institutional Repository or database Final, Published Version3  
  Supply my Contribution to my students or use the Contribution for my own teaching purposes Final, Published Version3  

With Other Organizations

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Supply my Contribution to a research colleague at an academic institution Final, Published Version3  
  Supply my Contribution to an organization for republication, distribution or a web posting   REQUIRES PERMISSION

In a Book

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Republish my Contribution in a book I am writing or editing at any time after publication in the journal Final, Published Version3  
  Include my Contribution in a book edited or written by someone else   REQUIRES PERMISSION

In a Journal

Open magazine or journal

Include or translate my Contribution within another journal   REQUIRES PERMISSION


  • 1Original Submission (Version 1) - the version submitted by the author before peer review

  • 2Accepted Version (Version 2) - original submission to the journal with your revisions after peer review, often the version accepted by the editor (author accepted manuscript)

  • 3Final, Published Version (Version 3) - copy-edited and typeset proofs and the final published version


Related Information

For information about requesting permission for content published in SAGE journals, see Process for Requesting Permission.

For information about author copies, see Author e-prints policy.

If you are submitting a manuscript to a SAGE journal and wish to include previously published materials within the manuscript, visit our Author Gateway Copyright and Permissions FAQs.


Journal Exceptions

The following titles are exceptions to our Green Open Access policy. For the terms of reuse of Contributions published in these titles, please review the author reuse terms contained within your Contributor Agreement. 

If you have further questions regarding the following titles, contact the Permissions team at

  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • California Management Review
  • Foot & Ankle International
  • Journal of Dental Research
  • JDR Clinical & Translational Research
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

If you have further questions regarding the following titles, contact the Permissions team at

  • Acta Radiologica (from January 2018)



Last updated: 8 January 2019