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Health Services Management Research

Theory, Evidence and Implications
European Health Management Association

Editor-in-Chief
Federico Lega Bocconi University

eISSN: 17581044| ISSN: 09514848|Current volume: 28|Current issue: 3-4 Frequency: Quarterly

Health Services Management Research (HSMR) is an authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to health-care organizations and systems throughout the world. Examining the real issues confronting health services management, it provides an independent view and cutting edge evidence-based research to guide policy-making and management decision-making. HSMR aims to be a forum serving an international community of academics and researchers on the one hand and healthcare managers, executives, policymakers and clinicians and all health professionals on the other. HSMR wants to make a substantial contribution to both research and managerial practice, with particular emphasis placed on publishing studies which offer actionable findings and on promoting knowledge mobilisation toward theoretical advances.

All papers are expected to be of interest and relevance to an international audience. HSMR aims at enhance communication between academics and practitioners concerned with developing, implementing, and analysing health management issues, reforms and innovations primarily in European health systems and in all countries with developed health systems. Papers can report research undertaken in a single country, but they need to locate and explain their findings in an international context, and in international literature. HSMR also promotes invited or commissioned papers, as well as the submission of a collection of papers that could develop into a “special section” or in special issues. Candidacy as guest editor for special issues are welcome.

To achieve the journal's objectives, authors are encouraged to write in a style understandable to health managers and practitioners from other disciplines and in other countries.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The journal encourages the submission of short, full-length, comparative and review articles from different backgrounds (health management, organizational psychology and sociology, applied economics, and others) and which address:

· Original primary research using qualitative or quantitative methods;

· Theoretical or methodological developments, papers that present developments in theories, concepts or models in health services management research, or developments in research methods applied to health services.

· Evidence syntheses, that present the results of secondary research – reviews of the existing research evidence conducted rigorously using recognised and accepted methods for review including (but not limited to) Cochrane systematic reviews, and realist or metanarrative reviews.

· Theory-to-pratice papers, that present the results of implementation of theoretical advances in managerial practices. They can report case studies, incidents, histories, interviews and all other forms of research that help to investigate heath management practices of organizations and systems, and their impacts and lessons.

· Perspectives papers, that aim at highlighting, framing and discussing emerging health management issues in the agenda of organizations and systems.

· Ph.D breakthroughs, that show rigorous and innovative methodological approaches and new research questions of interest for the academics and practitioners community.

Health Services Management Research (HSMR) is an authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to health-care organizations and systems throughout the world. Examining the real issues confronting health services management, it provides an independent view and cutting edge evidence-based research to guide policy-making and management decision-making. HSMR aims to be a forum serving an international community of academics and researchers on the one hand and healthcare managers, executives, policymakers and clinicians and all health professionals on the other. HSMR wants to make a substantial contribution to both research and managerial practice, with particular emphasis placed on publishing studies which offer actionable findings and on promoting knowledge mobilisation toward theoretical advances.

All papers are expected to be of interest and relevance to an international audience. HSMR aims at enhance communication between academics and practitioners concerned with developing, implementing, and analysing health management issues, reforms and innovations primarily in European health systems and in all countries with developed health systems. Papers can report research undertaken in a single country, but they need to locate and explain their findings in an international context, and in international literature. HSMR also promotes invited or commissioned papers, as well as the submission of a collection of papers that could develop into a “special section” or in special issues. Candidacy as guest editor for special issues are welcome.

To achieve the journal's objectives, authors are encouraged to write in a style understandable to health managers and practitioners from other disciplines and in other countries.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Associate Editor
Stefano Calciolari USI Lugano, Switzerland
Amelia Compagni Bocconi University, Italy
Jean-Luis Denis École Nationale d'Administration Publique (ENAP), France
James Gillespie University of Sydney, Australia
Mark Hellowell University of Edinburgh, UK
Robert Hernandez University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Ian Kirkpatrick Leeds University, UK
Ellen Kuhlmann Goethe-University Frankfurt and Medical Management Center Karolinska, Sweden
Eivor Oborn University of Warwick, UK
Domenico Salvatore Parthenope University, Italy
Ulrica Von Thiele Karolinska Unirvesity, Sweden
Editorial Board
Prof Mats Brommels Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Prof Reinhard Busse Faculty of Economics and Management, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Prof Jackie Cumming Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
Prof Graeme Currie Warwick Business School, UK
Tom D’aunno New York University, USA
Prof Huw Davies Department of Management, University of St Andrews, UK
Prof Judith Dwyer School of Medicine, Flinders University, Australia
Prof Ewan Ferlie King’s College London, UK
Prof Naomi Fulop Department of Applied Health Research, University College London, UK
Stephen J. O’Connor University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Dr Trish Reay Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada
Gary Young Northeastern University, USA
Founding Editor
Peter Spurgeon Warwick Business School, UK
Former Editor
Kieran Walshe University of Manchester, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      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 Reference style
      4.6 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 https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hsmr to 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 Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications 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.

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    1. Article types

    The journal encourages the submission of short, full-length, comparative and review articles from different backgrounds (health management, organizational psychology and sociology, applied economics, and others).

    Health Services Management Research publishes seven main types of paper – reports of original primary research; reports of theoretical or methodological developments in health services, organisational or management research; evidence syntheses conducted rigorously and in accordance with accepted guidelines; theory-to-practice works; perspectives on emerging issues; and invited papers commissioned or solicited on important topics by the Editor and Editorial Board.

    You will be asked which type of paper you are submitting when you submit a paper online, and will be able to choose from these seven types. Some editorial requirements of each type are outlined briefly below.

    Original primary research
    These papers present the findings from original empirical research using qualitative or quantitative methods. They should be up to 4000 words in length with up to six tables or figures and up to 30 references. They should be presented using conventional structured headings, and should contain a clear summary of the research findings and their implications for healthcare managers in one table or figure.

    Theoretical or methodological developments
    These papers present developments in theories, concepts or models in health services management research, or developments in research methods applied to health services. They should not simply contain reviews or reports on theory or methods, but should report a substantive advance or development. They should be up to 4000 words in length with up to four tables or figures and up to 30 references. They should be presented using structured headings though no particular structure is prescribed, and they should contain a clear summary of the key findings and conclusions from the paper in one table or figure.

    Evidence syntheses
    These papers present the results of secondary research – reviews of the existing research evidence conducted rigorously using recognised and accepted methods for review including (but not limited to) Cochrane systematic reviews, and realist or metanarrative reviews. They should be up to 4000 words in length with up to four tables or figures and up to 30 references. They should be presented using conventional structured headings including a clear explanation of the review methodology and process and they should contain a clear summary of the research findings and their implications for healthcare managers in one table or figure.

    Theory-to-practice papers
    These papers present the results of implementation of theoretical advances in managerial practices. They can report case studies, incidents, histories, interviews and all other forms of research that help to investigate heath management practices of organizations and systems, and their impacts and lessons. Papers submitted should ensure rigorous  investigation of causal relationships and reliable assessment of the impacts, as well ashighlight potentially generalizable interventions or practices.
    They should be presented using structured headings though no particular structure is prescribed, and they should contain a clear summary of the key findings and conclusions from the paper in one table or figure. They should be up to 4000 words in length with up to six tables or figures and up to 30 references.

    Perspectives papers
    Papers that are short work that aim at highlighting, framing and discussing emerging health management issues in the agenda of organizations and systems. They are papers on cutting-edge topics, envisioning, provoking and providing brilliant “food-for-thought” for academics and practitioners. They should be presented using structured headings though no particular structure is prescribed. They should be up to 2000 words in length with up to 10 references.

    Ph.D breakthroughs
    Papers that are directly derived from Ph.D works and dissertations. Tough sometimes they might be still immature and could be further developed in the current academic discourse, their rigorous and innovative methodological approaches and the new research questions they address make them of interest for the academics and practitioners community. They often anticipate new streams of research, or addresses old question with fresh and lateral views. They should be up to 4000 words in length with up to six tables or figures and up to 30 references. They should be presented using conventional structured headings, and should contain a clear summary of the research findings and their implications for healthcare managers in one table or figure. Given time issues of Ph.D candidates, a specific peer-review fast-track is designed for these submissions.

    Invited or commissioned papers
    These papers are invited or commissioned by the Editor and Editorial Board of the journal on important topics, and may present original empirical research, or theoretical or methodological developments, or evidence syntheses and in each case should follow the guidelines set out above. In inviting a contribution, the Editor may provide specific guidance on its intended purpose, audience and format. All invited or commissioned papers are subject to the same processes of peer review as other papers, detailed in section 2 above.

    HSMR also promotes candidacy as guest editor for special issues.

    To achieve the journal's objectives, authors are encouraged to write in a non-technical style, which is understandable to health management practitioners and specialists from other disciplines and in other countries.

    Summary of article types:

    Article Type Abstract Main Text References Figures/Tables
    Original primary research Up to 200 Up to 4,000 words Up to 30 No more than 6
    Theoretical or methodological developments

    Up to 200 Up to 4,000 words Up to 30 No more than 4
    Evidence syntheses Up to 200 Up to 4,000 words Up to 30 No more than 4
    Theory-to-practice Up to 200 Up to 4,000 words Up to 30 No more than 6
    Perspectives Up to 200 Up to 2,000 words Up to 10 No more than 4
    Ph.D Breakthroughs Up to 200 Up to 4,000 words Up to 30 No more than 6

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:  

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Covering Letter: Papers should be accompanied by a covering letter. To help the Editor(s) with their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication.

    Title Page: The first page should contain the full title of the manuscript, a short title, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the name, postal and email addresses of the author for correspondence, the exact word count for the manuscript (not including appendices, figures/tables or the references list), and details of competing interests and other declarations (see further details below).

    The main steps in the process are set out below:
    1. All submitted and commissioned/invited papers are initially reviewed by the Editor. Papers which are of poor quality, outside the scope of the journal, or not considered sufficiently original or important given the space constraints of a quarterly journal, will be rejected at this stage without peer review. In such cases the authors will receive brief editorial feedback and guidance.

    2. The Editor will select an Associate Editor based on specific expertise and assign the paper to him/her. The Editor or the Associate Editor will identify two appropriate reviewers given the content of the paper, usually combining both content and methodological expertise. We invite authors to suggest peer reviewers, but do not commit to taking up their suggestions. We ask reviewers to conduct their review within 4 weeks.

    3. The journal supports the philosophy of open peer review, in which authors and reviewers are aware of each other’s identities and the review process is a constructive and mutual exercise in learning and improvement. We do not blind reviewers to the identity of the authors of the paper they are reviewing, and we encourage reviewers to make their identity known to authors though we do not require them to do so.

    4. We make it clear to reviewers that the contents of submitted papers should be treated as confidential and should not be discussed with anyone else without prior permission from the Editor.

    5. Reviewers are asked to comment on the following issues:

    • Scientific quality, rigour and methodological strengths and weaknesses, appropriate to the nature of the paper and the methods used.
    • Importance, relevance or salience of the topic or subject to both the academic and practice communities in health services management.
    • Structure, organisation and presentation of the paper including its comprehensibility to the journal’s audience.

    6. The Editor or Associate Editor aims to decide on each paper within 4 weeks of receipt of the two reviews. Three decisions are available: accept (often with some minor corrections or revisions); revise and resubmit; or reject. Authors are sent the editorial decision together with copies of the two reviewers' comments. The Editor or Associate Editor usually sends feedback letters to authors, if the authors are being invited to resubmit the paper. Resubmission must be accompanied with a letter responding analytically to the reviewers’ and Editors’ comments. Reviewers are sent the other reviewer's comments for information. If the decision is revise and resubmit, the Editor or Associate Editor has evaluated the work as worth of being published on HSMR. In this respect, HSMR supports the idea of a developmental review process for which the Editor/Associate Editors as well as the reviewers aim at providing to the authors constructive feedback and support them to reach the desired standards for publication.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    2.4 Funding

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications 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.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    It is the policy of Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications 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.

    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

    2.7 Clinical trials

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications 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.

    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

    2.9 Data

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions 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.

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    3. Publishing policies

    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.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications 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 plagiarised 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.

    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.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway

    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

    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. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    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.

    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.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications conforms to the SAGE house style.  Review the guidelines onSAGE UK house style.

    4.5 Reference style

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver References to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file.

    4.6 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

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Health Services Management Research: Theory, Evidence, Implications is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hsmr 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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    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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    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to Author Queries as follows: authorqueries@sagepub.co.uk

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