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Journal Author Archiving Policies and Re-Use

Authors Re-Using Their Own Work

SAGE Journal authors are able to re-use their Contribution in certain circumstances without requiring permission from SAGE. It is important to check your signed Contributor Agreement and/or the submission guidelines for the journal to which you submitted your Contribution to review the journal's policy regarding author re-use.


Gold Open Access and SAGE Choice

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


Green Open Access: SAGE’s archiving policy

Most SAGE journals are published under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, which allows you, as author, to re-use your Contribution as indicated below.  For a list of titles that are exceptions to this policy, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Green Open Access policy:

  • 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.
  • Twelve (12) months after the date of initial publication, you may arrange for the accepted version (version 2) of the Contribution to be made publicly available in any repository or database in addition to those listed above (e.g. the repository of another institution, a subject repository or another database). Where a repository or database enables depositing of a manuscript with the ability to delay its public availability, you may deposit the manuscript at any time after acceptance with the condition that the manuscript is not made publicly available until 12 months after its publication 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 reusing your Contribution under this policy, appropriate credit must be given to the SAGE journal where the Contribution has been published, as the original source of the content, as follows: Author(s), Article Title, Journal Title (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © [year] (Copyright Holder). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. Additionally, please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the Contribution on the SAGE Journals website (

The chart below includes common requests and an explanation of which 'version' of the article can be used in each circumstance. If the table below indicates that permission is required, please see the instructions for requesting permission at Journals Permissions.


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   Requires permission
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  

Requires permission


Version of contribution Definition
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 (author accepted manuscript)
Version 3 copy-edited and typeset proofs and the final published version

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Green Open Access Journal Exceptions

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

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

  • Acta Radiologica (from January 2018)


Author Copies

If you are the corresponding author of a Contribution, you will receive an e-print of your Contribution. Please see our Author e-prints policy for more information.

It is not SAGE’s policy to provide PDFs of the published Contribution (version 3) for posting on servers or depositing in institutional repositories.

However, you may update your own version of the article (version 1 or version 2) to reflect substantive changes to the content made during production and convert that article into PDF form.

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Permissions Clearance

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