Acta Radiologica
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Acta Radiologica

2014 Impact Factor: 1.603
2014 Ranking: 72/125 in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

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eISSN: 16000455| ISSN: 02841851|Current volume: 56|Current issue: 8 Frequency: 10 Times/Year
Acta Radiologica publishes articles from all parts of the world and covers all aspects of radiology, from clinical radiology to experimental work. Published by the societies of medical radiology in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, it is known for articles based on experimental work and contrast media research, giving priority to scientific original papers. The distinguished international editorial board also invite review articles, short communications and technical and instrumental notes.

Acta Radiologica is published in Association with the Nordic Society of Medical Radiology, an association of the following radiological societies:

* Society of Radiology in Iceland
* Danish Society of Medical Radiology
* Norwegian Society of Medical Radiology
* Radiological Society of Finland
* Swedish Society of Radiology

Under the editorial leadership of Professor Arnulf Skjennald MD and a distinguished editorial board, the journal aims for the prompt publication of original research articles on diagnostic and interventional radiology, clinical radiology, experimental investigations in animals, and all other research related to imaging procedures. Acta Radiologica provides a complete update on all radiological specialties and technical utilities, as well as physiology and physics related to imaging, including ultrasonography, computed tomography, radionuclide and magnetic resonance imaging.

Acta Radiologica provides a unique international information source for radiologists. Contributions are mainly drawn from Northern European institutions, but high quality research from all parts of the world is regularly included. In addition to original papers, Acta Radiologica also publishes invited review articles, short communications, and technical and instrumental notes.

Acta Radiologica is the journal of the Scandinavian Societies of Radiology, an association of the radiological societies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Editors
Andreas Abildgaard Oslo, Norway
Sven-Göran Fransson Linköping, Sweden
Per H Nakstad Oslo, Norway
Finn Rasmusssen Aarhus, Denmark
Per Skaane Oslo, Norway
Henrik Thomsen Herlev, Denmark
Editorial Board
Timm Denecke Berlin, Germany
Bert de Foer Antwerp, Belgium
Mats Geijer Lund, Sweden
Anne Grethe Jurik Aarhus, Denmark
Edward Lee Boston, MA, USA
Whal Lee Seoul, Korea
Lars Lonn Copenhagen, Denmark
Finn Rasmussen Aarhus, Denmark
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sradto upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Acta Radiologica 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.

    Under the editorial leadership of Professor Arnulf Skjennald MD and a distinguished editorial board, the journal aims for the prompt publication of original research articles on diagnostic and interventional radiology, clinical radiology, experimental investigations in animals, and all other research related to imaging procedures. Acta Radiologica provides a complete update on all radiological specialties and technical utilities, as well as physiology and physics related to imaging, including ultrasonography, computed tomography, radionuclide and magnetic resonance imaging. Acta Radiologica publishes articles on diagnostic and interventional procedures in radiology based on all medical imaging techniques, as well as works in physiology and physics when related to radiology. Acta Radiologica is owned by the Nordic Society of Radiology, an association of the radiological societies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The journal operates with full editorial independence.

    All enquiries should be sent to the Editor, Professor Arnulf Skjennald (a.skjennald@online.no). Please read the guidelines before submission. Incorrectly formatted articles may be rejected or delayed.

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    1. Article types

    Acta Radiologica publishes original articles, review articles, short communications, and technical and instrumental notes. Manuscripts dealing with full-length reports, and short reports or correspondence will be accepted for consideration, however, correspondences will only be published online and not in the print version. Extensive articles or series can be published as supplements, in which case special conditions apply. The following types of manuscripts are no longer accepted: Case reports, clinical observations, pictorial essay, and illustrated letters to the editor. Such manuscripts are recommended to be submitted to our online open access journal Acta Radiologica Short Reports. Book reviews are accepted but will be published online only.

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    2. Editorial policies

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    2.1 Peer review policy

    Decisions on publication are based on the opinions of at least two reviewers (whose names will not be revealed to authors). Manuscripts are subject to editorial revision. The right is reserved to introduce such changes as may be necessary to make contributions conform to editorial standards. The journal cannot be held responsible for the opinions or statements expressed by its authors.

    The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

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    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

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    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance - including the individual’s name, company and level of input - and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply your acknowledgements section separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    2.4 Funding

    Acta Radiologica 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. 

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    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Acta Radiologica to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

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    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    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 also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors [OR AS PER YOUR JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES].

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    2.7 Clinical trials

    Acta Radiologica conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

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    2.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

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    2.9 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Acta Radiologica requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at a.skjennald@online.no.

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    3. Publishing Policies

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    3.1 Publication ethics

    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

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    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Acta Radiologica 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Acta Radiologica offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information onfunding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.4 Permissions

    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

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    The text should be double line-spaced and unjustified throughout with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Use Times New Roman 12 point. Main headings should be in bold case (14 points) and subheadings in italics (14 points). Press‘Enter’ only at the end of a paragraph, list entry or heading. Separate paragraphs by an empty line (extra press 'Enter').

    The manuscript for journal articles should be written in the following order with the following subheadings:

    Title page
    Title page, including manuscript title, author(s)'s names and surnames, affiliation(s), corresponding author's name, address, fax and e-mail; must be uploaded as a separate file on Manuscript Central to allow double-blind peer-review. To secure a blinded review, the acknowledgement, conflict of interest and funding should be given on the title page, and not in the manuscript itself. Such information will be included in the manuscript when the article has been accepted. Provide a blind title page with title only as the first page of the manuscript. The manuscript itself has to be cleared of any information that unveils the identity of the authors and their institution to allow double-blind peer-review.

    Abstract
    The Abstract must under no circumstances exceed 250 words and must be organized in the following subsections:
    Background of the article (max 2 medium-length sentences)
    Purpose (should always start as: “To…” and consist of one sentence only)
    Material and Methods
    Results
    Conclusion
    Key words (Up to six key words should be provided. Use the drop-down menu in Manuscript Central)
    Review articles should have a non-structured Abstract which should be limited to 100 words. Short reports should have an Abstract structured like an original article. The number of words must not exceed 150 words.

    Main body
    The Abstract and main body together should as a rule not exceed 3000 words. The main body of an original article and a short report should be organized in the following sections:
    Introduction
    Material and Methods
    Results
    Discussion, with the conclusion as a last paragraph starting with "In conclusion, ..."

    Acknowledgements
    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    Conflict of interest
    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Acta Radiologica to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements prior                to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. 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 for-profit 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.
    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Funding
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Acta Radiologica additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    References
    References should follow the Vancouver format. In the text they should appear as numbers starting at (1) within parentheses. At the end of the paper they should be listed (double-spaced) in numerical order corresponding to the order of citation in the text. All authors should be quoted for papers with up to three authors; for papers with more than three authors, list the first three followed by 'et al.'. Abbreviations for titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. The first and last page numbers for each reference must be provided. This applies to all published material including textbooks. The year followed by ";", volume followed by ":" and the pages; the issue should not be mentioned. Abstracts and letters must be identified as such. The DOI number should be listed for articles that have been accepted for publication but have not yet been.
    Examples:
    Papers in periodicals
    Marckmann P, Skov L, Rossen K, et al. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: suspected causative role of gadodiamide used for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. J Am Soc Nephrol 2006:17;2359-2362.
    Smith S, Jones P. SMRM workshop on contrast enhanced magnetic resonance. Discussion. Magn Reson Med 1991;22;229-232.
    Papers in press
    Nielsen YW, Thomsen HS. Contrast-enhanced peripheral MRA: techniques and contrast agents. Acta Radiol 2012. DOI: 10.1258/ar2012.120008.
    Book chapters
    Thomsen HS. Delayed reactions: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. In: Thomsen HS, Webb JAW, eds. Contrast Media. Safety issues and ESUR Guidelines. 2nd ed. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2009: 187-96.
    Electronic material
    Maton F, van der Elst L, Muller RN. Influence of human proteins on the relaxivity of Gd(III) complexes.
    http://www.b.dk/upload/webred/bmsandbox/uploads/2012/03/bb81a28663015b7a1d828ee723de7a26.pdf (accessed 1st August 2012).
    Legal documents
    COMMISSION DECISION of 1.7.2010 concerning, in the framework of Article 31 of Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the marketing authorizations for Gadolinium-containing contrast agents for human use which contain one or more of the active substances “gadodiamide, gadopentetic acid, gadobenic acid, gadoxetic acid, gadoteridol, gadobutrol and gadoteric acid”.http://www.esur.org/fileadmin/NSF/NSF_Referral-EC_Decision-Annexes-en_July_2010.pdf(accessed August 2012).
    For further examples, please turn to the guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

    Tables
    The Tables should be located immediately after the references in the manuscript.
    All tables together should under no circumstances exceed two printed pages in volume. If the presentation of the data necessitates more space, some of the Tables should be prepared to be published online only.
    All Tables should be self-explanatory. Each Table must have a short descriptive title placed at the top of the Table. Abbreviations/necessary explanations should be located below.
    The Tables should not repeat results presented in the text. There must not be any kind of double-documentation between text and Tables.
    Table must be presented in MS Word by using rows and column format. Format tables with horizontal lines only, at the top and bottom of the table as well as below the headers.

    Figure legends
    Graphic elements and illustrations are accepted if providing unique data that cannot be described in the text, and should be clearly marked with Arabic numbers as they appear in the text. Figure legends should be provided after the tables, numbered as Fig. 1 etc. in consecutive order. To ensure correct placement in the journal layout, note the figure reference (abbreviated) within parentheses when referring to the figure in text, e.g. (Fig. 1). Figure files should be uploaded as separate files, in TIF, EPS, PDF or JPG format and should not be included in the submitted manuscript file.

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    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.

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    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
    [Check whether your journal offers free colour printing and revise as necessary]

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    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
    [Check whether your journal offers SUPP DATA and revise as necessary]

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    4.4 Journal layout

    Acta Radiologica conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

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    4.5 English language editing services

    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.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

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    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Acta Radiologica is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/srad 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.

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    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    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

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    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    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.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

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    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

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    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

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    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editor, Professor Arnulf Skjennald (a.skjennald@online.no).

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