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Organization Studies

Organization Studies

2018 Impact Factor: 3.543
2018 Ranking: 51/217 in Management
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
Published in Association with European Group for Organizational Studies
An international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the Studies of organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societies

eISSN: 17413044 | ISSN: 01708406 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Monthly


Organization Studies aims to promote the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the social relevance of that understanding. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they should be mutually informative. It is a multidisciplinary journal which is open to contributions of high quality, from any perspective relevant to the field and from any country.

Organization Studies is a journal that gives particular attention to diversity with respect to geography and gender. This is reflected by its international editorial board and its collaboration with EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies.

OS publishes papers that fully or partly draw on empirical data to make their contribution to organization theory and practice. Thus, OS welcomes work that in any form draws on empirical work to make strong theoretical and empirical contributions.

"Organization Studies goes to the top of the stack because it is such a reliable source of thoughtful scholarship. Authors get into the pages of this journal by reflecting deeply on issues. There is less running after transient 'mainstreams', and more willingness to enact meaningful discourse that people should take seriously. Organization Studies features 'seasoned inquiry' in the best sense of that phrase. It dominates that niche hands down." Karl E Weick

"I am a great admirer of Organization Studies. Its issues contain articles with new ideas, analysis that is rigorous, empirical methodologies that are sound and helpful ideas relevant to thoughtful practitioners."  Chris Argyris

"Organization Studies is an exemplar of quality publishing in organization theory. Its success has helped enormously to build the more creative and confident European management research community we now have. I am confident OS will retain its European distinctiveness while becoming a premier publishing outlet for the best scholarship from throughout the world. OS can make a difference both in intellectual and policy terms and I have great hopes it will". Andrew Pettigrew

All issues of Organization Studies are available to browse online.

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

Organisation Studies (OS) aims to promote the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the social relevance of that understanding. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they should be mutually informative. It is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal which is open to contributions of high quality, from any perspective relevant to the field and from any country.

Organization Studies is, in particular, a supranational journal which gives special attention to national and cultural similarities and differences worldwide. This is reflected by its international editorial board and publisher and its collaboration with EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies.

OS publishes papers that fully or partly draw on empirical data to make their contribution to organization theory and practice. Thus, OS welcomes work that in any form draws on empirical work to make strong theoretical and empirical contributions. If your paper is not drawing on empirical data in any form, we advise you to submit your work to Organization Theory – another journal under the auspices of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) – instead.

Our commitments
We are committed to making OS the hub of a learning community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers, whose defining characteristics are a passion for ideas, open-minded intellectual curiosity, collegiate critique, and uncompromising adherence to the highest scholarly standards.

Our Intellectual Signature, adapted from the Editorial, Organization Studies, 29/11, November 2008, is as follows:

OS has been deeply influenced, from its inception, by a specific social science orientation, more particularly by mid Twentieth Century political sociology approaches to organizations and their linkages to wider societal arrangements. This means in particular that it is a journal always at the forefront of inter-disciplinary debates. OS papers are supposed to deepen our understanding of the complexity of organizations as social and political objects, through the mobilization of wider social sciences’ agendas and knowledge...

For our part, we think that it is of utmost importance that Organization Studies lead the way by re-investigating the links existing between organizations, policies and polities. In other words, how organizations, whatever their political configurations (bureaucracies, post bureaucracies, collegial organizations, collectivist organizations) and their activities (business firms, schools, government agencies, social movements etc) are interpenetrated with society and generate specific patterns of how we live in societies, as well as how those societies are actually governed and shaped. Seeing organizations as social and political constructs, as political communities vested with the power of building a sustainable social fabric, in particular in contexts where democracy, public institutions or policy-making instruments do not exist, is of utmost importance in our view. While some neoinstitutional and critical research has attended to such issues, we believe that a more sustained engagement with such ‘big’ questions might provide a useful focal point for more cosmopolitan and engaged conversations across different research communities. Thus, we believe that Organization Studies can contribute to this [re]investigation and reengagement with big questions through leading an ‘academic movement’ striving to bring society back to center stage, enriching our conceptions of politics and societal struggles. We believe that this will not only enable rich inter-disciplinary engagements across the domains of sociology, psychology, anthropology, history and political science, but also enable us to provide critical reflections of and more grounded alternatives to banal materialist and instrumental conceptualizations of organization on the one hand, or ‘disembodied’ versions of social structure and organization on the other...

Put simply, we believe that Organization Studies should be seen more clearly as the leading journal in the production of ‘relevant’ knowledge that enhances our understanding of how organizations shape and are shaped by contemporary societies, and can decidedly not be reduced to ad hoc managerial artefacts and processes (however business relevant they might seem to be). Organizational knowledge has clear limits and, in particular, tends to minimize the cardinal importance of both micro narratives ‘making History’, and of macro structures shaping the conditions of History. Because micro narratives are ‘factual’ stories, they tell about ‘facts’ happening to people; they are not just subjective interpretations of personal experiences. Because macro structures are made of social movements, ideologies and cultural structures, they push scholars to engage with contemporary social theory and to [re]explore broad questions about social change, policy formation, political regimes, structures of power and authority, straddling diverse audiences in social sciences.”

If you would like to read the full editorial, 'Sapere Aude' by Robin Holt and Frank den Hond, please click here


Editors in Chief
Daniel Hjorth Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Renate E. Meyer WU Vienna, Austria
Senior Editors
Timon Beyes Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Jean Clarke EM Lyon, France
Christine Coupland Loughborough University, UK
Graeme Currie Warwick Business School, UK
Pascal Dey Grenoble École de Management, France
Dror Etzion McGill University, Canada
Peter Fleming Cass Business School, City University, UK
Denise Fletcher Luxembourg University, Luxembourg
Bernard Forgues EMLYON Business School, France
Marianna Fotaki University of Warwick, UK
Claudia Gabbioneta Newcastle University, UK
Elizabeth Goodrick Florida Atlantic University, USA
Nina Granqvist Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Ha Hoang ESSEC Business School, France
Jasper Hotho Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Chris Land University of Leicester, UK
Johanna Mair Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Ignasi Martí ESADE, Spain
Linda Rouleau HEC Montréal, Canada
Barbara Simpson Strathclyde University, UK
Paul Spee The University of Queensland, Australia
Silviya Svejenova Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jörg Sydow Free University of Berlin, Germany
Janne Tienari Aalto University, Finland
Ryad Titah HEC Montreal, Canada
Peter Walgenbach Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
Frank Wijen RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Charlene Zietsma Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Mike Zundel University of Liverpool, UK
Book Review Editors
Lynne Andersson Fox Business School, Temple University, USA
Mar Perezts EM Lyon Business School, France
Managing Editor
Sophia Tzagaraki Managing Editor, Greece
Language Editor
Sally Heavens University of Cambridge, UK
Former Editors in Chief
John Child University of Birmingham , UK
Stewart R Clegg University of Technology Sydney, Australia
David Courpasson EMLYON Business School, France
David J Hickson University of Bradford, UK
Robin Holt Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Frank den Hond Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Trish Reay University of Alberta, Canada
Arndt Sorge WZB Berlin Social Research Center, Germany
Hari Tsoukas University of Cyprus, Cyprus
David C. Wilson The Open University, UK
Editorial Board
Stephen Ackroyd Lancaster University Management School, UK
Ruth V. Aguilera Northeastern University, USA
Susan Ainsworth University of Melbourne, Australia
John Amis University of Edinburgh, UK
Shaz Ansari University of Cambridge, UK
David Arellano Gault CIDE, Mexico
Reinhard Bachmann SOAS, University of London, UK
Frank de Bakker IÉSEG School of Management, France
Julia Balogun University of Liverpool, UK
Bobby Banerjee City University, London, UK
Nikolaus Beck Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Regine Bendl WU, Austria
Ola Bergstrom Gothenburg University, Sweden
Ariane Berthoin-Antal WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Alexandre Bitektine HEC Montreal, Canada
Brian P. Bloomfield Lancaster University Management School, UK
Steffen Böhm University of Exeter, UK
Kees Boersma VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mehdi Boussebaa University of Glasgow, UK
Eva Boxenbaum CBS, Denmark
Andrew Brown University of Bath, UK
Haldor Byrkjeflot University of Oslo, Norway
Laure Cabantous Cass Business School, UK
Giulia Cappellaro Bocconi University, Italy
Catherine Casey University of Leicester, UK
Stewart R Clegg University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Ian Colville University of Bath, UK
Alessia Contu University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Francois Cooren University of Montreal, Canada
Joep Cornelissen Erasmus University
Jana Costas Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Douglas Creed University of Rhode Island, US, USA
Gregoire Croidieu Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Grégoire Croidieu EM Lyon, France
Miguel Pina e Cunha Nova School of Business & Economics, Portugal
Leanne Cutcher University of Sydney, Australia
T.K. Das Baruch College, CUNY, US, USA
Maria Daskalaki Roehampton Business School, UK
Rene de Bakker Indiana University, USA
Christian De Cock University of Essex, UK
Stephanie Decker Aston Business School, UK
Rick Delbridge Cardiff Business School, UK
Giuseppe Delmestri Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Stanislav D Dobrev University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Leonhard Dobusch University of Innsbruck, Austria
Bill Doolin Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Silvia Dorado University of Rhode Island, USA
Deborah Dougherty Rutgers University, USA
Michaela Driver Western State Colorado University, USA
Israel Drori Rishon LeZion College of Management, Israel
Paul du Gay Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Mark Ebers University of Cologne, Germany
Tim Edwards Cardiff University, UK
Laura Empson Cass Business School, London, UK
Martha S Feldman University of California, Irvine, USA
Pablo Fernandez IAE Business School, Argentina
Simone Ferriani Università di Bologna, Italy
Jackie Ford Durham University, UK
Bill Foster University of Alberta, Canada
Henrika Franck Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Michal Frenkel Hebrew University-Jerusalem, Israel
Santi Furnari City University London, UK
Yiannis Gabriel University of Bath, UK
Suzanne Gagnon University of Manitoba, Canada
Raghu Garud Pennsylvania State University, USA
Joel Gehman University of Alberta, Canada
Mike Geppert Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Damon Golsorkhi Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Jean-Pascal Gond City University of London, UK
David Grant Griffith Business School, Australia
Royston Greenwood University of Alberta, Canada
Chris Grey Royal Holloway University London, UK
Peter Groenewegen VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tobias Hahn ESADE, Spain
Philip Hancock University of Essex, UK
Nancy Harding University of Bradford, UK
Cynthia Hardy University of Melbourne, Australia
Tor Hernes Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Stefan Heusinkveld VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alison Hirst Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Markus Höllerer UNSW Sydney, Australia & WU Vienna, Austria
Isabelle Huault Université de Paris Dauphine, France
Michael Humphreys Durham University Business School, UK
Andrew Inkpen Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA
Gazi Islam Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Michal Izak University of Roehampton, UK
Dennis Jancsary WU Vienna, Austria
Tommy Jensen Stockholm University, Sweden
Candace Jones Boston College, USA
Matthew Jones University of Cambridge, UK
Jannis Kallinikos London School of Economics, UK
Dan Karreman Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Kate Kenny Queens University, Belfast, UK
Martin Kornberger EMLYON Business School
Pikka-Maaria Laine University of Lapland, Finland
Alice Lam Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Joe Lampel Cass Business School, City University London, UK
Mark Learmonth University of Durham, UK
Bernard Leca ESSEC Business School, France
Dirk Lindebaum Grenoble École de Management, France
Stephen Linstead University of York, UK
Nick Llewellyn Warwick Business School, UK
Jaco Lok University of New South Wales, Australia
Philippe Lorino ESSEC Business School, France
Michael Lounsbury University of Alberta, Canada
Oliver Mallett Newcastle University, UK
Vincent Mangematin Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Saku Mantere McGill University, Canada
Massimo Maoret University of Navarra, Spain
Richard Marens California State University, Sacramento, USA
Felipe Massa Loyola University New Orleans, USA
Wolfgang Mayrhofer WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
William McKinley Southern Illinois University, USA
Terry McNulty University of Liverpool, UK
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Joeri Mol University of Melbourne, Australia
Guido Möllering Jacobs University, Germany
Christine Moser Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Daniel Nyberg University of Newcastle, Australia
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Renate Ortlieb University of Graz, Austria
Cliff Oswick Cass Business School
Mollie Painter Nottingham Business School, UK
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Gerardo Patriotta Nottingham University Business School, UK
Markus Perkmann Imperial College London, UK
Rebecca Piekkari Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Alison Pullen Macquarie University, Australia
Sigrid Quack Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
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Patrick Regner Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Juliane Reinecke Warwick Business School, UK
Carl Rhodes University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Sally Riad Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
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Michael Rowlinson Queen Mary, University of London, UK
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Ayse Saka-Helmhout Radboud University, The Netherlands
Marie Laure Salles-Djelic Sciences Po, School of Management and Innovation, France
Jorgen Sandberg University of Queensland, Australia
Andreas Georg Scherer Univeristy of Zurich, Switzerland
Henri A. Schildt Aalto School of Business, Finland
Dennis Schoeneborn Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Georg Schreyoegg Free University of Berlin, Germany
Elke Schussler Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
David Seidl University of Zurich, Switzerland
Graham Sewell University of Melbourne, Australia
Sabina Siebert University of Glasgow, UK
John Sillince Newcastle University Business School, UK
Jonas Söderlund BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Bent Meier Sørensen Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Chris Steyaert University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Antonio Strati University of Trento, Italy
Andrew Sturdy University of Bristol, UK
Alexander Styhre University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Jacky Swan University of Warwick, UK
Ludovic Taphanel IGS Group, France
Torkild Thanem Stockholm University, Sweden
Madeline Toubiana University of Alberta, Canada
Eric W. K. Tsang University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Melissa Tyler University of Essex, UK
Eero Vaara University of Oxford, UK
Michael Valente York University, Canada
Patrick Vermeulen Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Mikko Vesa Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Russ Vince University of Bath, UK
Henk W. Volberda Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maxim Voronov Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Marvin Washington University of Alberta, Canada.
Tony Watson Nottingham Business School, UK
Andreas Werr Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Filippo Wezel Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Andrea Whittle Newcastle University, UK
Jennifer Whyte Imperial College London, UK
Hugh Willmott University of Cardiff, UK
Chris Wright The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Tables, Figures and other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Reference style
      9.3 Manuscript preparation
      9.3.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.3.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.3.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.3.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.3.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 SAGE Production
      10.2 Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM)
      10.3 OnlineFirst publication
      10.4 E-Prints
    11. Further information


    Organization Studies aims to promote the understanding of organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societies, through the publication of double-blind peer-reviewed, top quality theoretical and empirical research. OS is a multidisciplinary journal, rooted in the social sciences, inspired by diversity, comparative in its outlook, and open to paradigmatic plurality.


    1. Editorial policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    OS is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.
    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X 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.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that OS may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

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    2. Article types

    2.1 Empirical or conceptual research article

    Articles should not exceed 11,000 words (including references), although in some cases, usually involving the reporting of extensive qualitative data, longer versions may be accepted. Manuscripts must be original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere). Manuscripts should be accompanied by biographies of no more than 100 words on each author's personal history and current interests, by an abstract of 150 words (maximum), and by four or five key words or phrases. Authors should explain any background information about the submission in the cover letter.

    2.2 X and Organization Studies

    This is an essay style article that is recognized by a standard title opening: 'X and Organization Studies:', after which follows a more substantial title that helps to reveal the key message of the article. The X and OS pieces are shorter (max 7.500 words, including references) and bring attention to a more marginal or repressed topic and often does so in a provocative way. Submissions to Organization Studies should be submitted through Manuscript Central (select X and Organization Studies submission option). Authors are asked to discuss preliminary ideas with one of the Editors-in Chief.

    2.3 Perspectives

    Perspectives articles are written to provide a focused overview of a particular topic that helps to acquaint readers with key concepts. Authors are expected to select five or six relevant articles previously published in OS, in addition to other key articles and explain how the concept of interest has developed over time. In addition, authors should raise concerns or gaps in knowledge, and suggest avenues for future research. Our first Perspectives article was focused on Strategy-as-Practice (Seidl & Whittington, 2014) and serves as a notable exemplar. The Perspectives article is published in a regular OS issue, and also published online together with the previously published OS articles as part of a virtual issue. Interested authors should discuss their ideas with one of the EICs. Perspectives articles should not exceed 11,000 words (including references).

    2.4 Method/ology articles

    Method articles should not exceed 11.000 words (including references) and can address method (how to generate empirical material) broadly (including methodology, issues of knowledge-sociology, ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, study-design, and writing). Articles must be contextualized in organization studies and clearly address topics of interest to readers of Organization Studies. Method/ology articles should situate themselves firmly within organization studies and tackle issues or problems directly related to the “doing” of organization studies research.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Organization Studies is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit 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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    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

    Organization Studies 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.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Organization Studies does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Tables, Figures and other conventions

    Tables and figures should be on separate pages (at the end of the paper), and a note should be placed in the text to indicate their approximate position, e.g. Table X about here. All tables, figures, plates, etc., should be numbered separately: Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.

    Ensure that figures and tables are submitted in editable formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

    Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Figures should be suitable for direct reproduction in black and white. Please keep tints to a minimum.

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    7. 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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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, 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.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Organization Studies additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    8. 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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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Each submission should be made in a Microsoft Word file (which must be anonymized).

    9.2 Reference Style
    Organization Studies adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.3 Manuscript Preparation
    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.

    9.3.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    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 SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.3.2 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.

    9.3.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    9.3.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Organization Studies does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.3.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 SAGE Production


    Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Organization Studies with SAGE.

    10.2 Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM)

    OS makes accepted manuscripts available to subscribers online as rapidly as possible. Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM) are the final author-created accepted version before they have gone through SAGE’s copy editing, formatting and proofing process. Author Accepted Manuscripts are posted online in PDF format and clearly identified as unedited manuscript. Authors can correct last minor errors within their article when reviewing proofs during the copy-editing process (see 10.3) but no changes can be made to the AAM PDF.

    AAMs can be cited by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Once the manuscript has gone through copy-editing, typesetting, and review of the resulting proof, the AAM is replaced by the OnlineFirst version. All versions of the article have the same DOI as the Author Accepted Manuscript.

    To view the list of AAM postings, visit the journal’s homepage and click on the Accepted Manuscript link at the top of the page.

    10.3 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

    10.4 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Sophia Tzagaraki, Managing Editor

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