Organization Studies (OS), published in collaboration with the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), is a global, peer-reviewed journal that promotes the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the societal relevance of that understanding. OS prompts engagement with organizations and organizing as psychological, social, economic, cultural, political, historical and philosophical phenomena, and is the leading journal in the development of relevant and impactful knowledge of how organizations and organizing shape and are shaped by societies.
OS welcomes innovative, high-quality research from all paradigms and disciplines that advance organization research. It promotes multidisciplinarity through research that engages across disciplinary boundaries; it invites all social science methodologies and methods that provide insights into organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. It encourages studies that reflect on the broader implications of their results.
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"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
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"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
Aims and Scope
Organization Studies (OS) is a highly ranked and globally respected, multidisciplinary journal with over 40 years history of publishing excellent organization research. OS aims at advancing our knowledge of organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. It is broadly rooted in the social sciences and promotes an understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized as phenomena that shape and are shaped by the societies of which they are part.
OS invites innovative high-quality research from a wide range of philosophical traditions, disciplines, and methodological approaches. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they are mutually informative.
OS welcomes articles that push organization theory forward through research that fully or partly draws on empirical data to research studies based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. Further, we accept conceptual articles that develop theory without reliance on empirical data. In the medium term, OS will focus on empirical manuscripts and will advise authors of manuscripts that do not draw on empirical data in any form to submit to Organization Theory (OT) instead.
We are committed to OS being the leading hub of a community of scholars – 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.
We expect every article published in OS to provide meaningful insights that challenge and exceed existing knowledge in the area of organization studies. We encourage bold research, driven by academic curiosity that crosses existing boundaries and dares to explore novel ground. We are looking for original research, but do not seek novelty as an end in itself, but rather as the result of the passion to advance our scholarly community and move our journal entrepreneurially ahead.
We are open to paradigmatic plurality and multidisciplinary research, but each article must have a solid theoretical grounding and must strive to develop further the tradition to which it adheres. We are committed to the accumulation of knowledge and demand that all articles engage seriously with existing literature. Submissions need to clearly communicate which conversations they wish to be part of or challenge, and what the novel theoretical insights are that their research contributes in relation to existing organizational literatures.
We are open to a wide range of epistemologies, methodologies and methods and expect empirical submissions to account for and motivate the approach chosen. Empirical studies must display professional rigour in data collection and analysis appropriate for the specific approach.
Types of Submissions
OS welcomes the following types of submissions:
(a) empirical or conceptual ‘Research articles’;
(b) shorter, essay-style ‘X and Organization Studies’;
(c) ‘Perspectives articles’ that serve as introductions to Virtual Special Issues;
(d) ‘Method/ology articles;
(e) ‘Agora’ opinion pieces, and
(f) ‘Media reviews’.
Empirical or conceptual research articles
We welcome empirical and conceptual research articles. Manuscripts must be original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere). The maximum length of submitted manuscripts is 11,000 words (including references and appendices).
‘X and Organization Studies’ essays
‘X and OS’ are essay-style articles that draw attention to unexplored, unthought, or marginalized topics in order to revitalize research and inspire the field of organization studies more broadly. Articles in this section will have to contribute to both the ‘X’ and the ‘OS’. ‘X and OS’ are written prior to when a full empirical or conceptual research article can address a topic, but also, importantly, they accomplish their objective in the style of an essay (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here). The maximum length of X and OS essays is 7.500 words (including references). Authors are asked to discuss preliminary ideas with one of the Editors-in-Chief.
Perspectives articles are introductions to Virtual Special Issues, which cover a set of articles (five to six) previously published in Organization Studies. Perspectives pieces provide a focused overview of the evolution of a topic over time, the contribution of selected prior articles to the development and ongoing debate, and, most importantly, raise concerns about missing insights and knowledge, in order to outline fruitful avenues for future research. 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 Special Issue. Interested authors should discuss their ideas with one of the Editors-in-Chief. The maximum length of a Perspectives article is 11,000 words (including references). Previous Virtual Special Issues can be found here.
Method/ology articles address questions of methodology and method broadly (including philosophy of science, ontology, epistemology, study design, novel analytical methods, and writing). Method/ology articles should situate themselves firmly within organization studies and tackle issues or problems directly related to the “doing” of organization studies research. They must address topics of interest to readers of OS and make clear the connection to research conducted in OS. The maximum length for Method/ology articles is 11.000 words (including references).
In line with the idea of knowledge emerging from gathering together in spaces like assemblies and squares, OS publishes short opinion pieces in the form of single contributions or as dialogues (all in all no longer than 2,000 words including a maximum of 5 references) in essay style. In the Agora, we deal with the big issues of our times and their organizational dimensions. With this format, we wish to offer a forum for debating contemporary matters of academic interest to the readers of Organization Studies, in the hope that this triggers discussion or sets off reflections that lead to empirical studies and theorizing. Those interested in contributing to the Agora section should contact the Editors-in-Chief in advance, briefly sketching the issue and their personal views, the organizational relevance, why the issue deserves sparking an urgent debate, and the kind of research required.
Books are and remain at the heart and centre of scholarly formats. However, in order to account for the relevance of and inspiration from other forms of media in the process of defining, producing, and diffusing knowledge, we have broadened the scope of reviews and OS now offers a Media Reviews section. Proposals should be directed towards our Media Review Editors (email: email@example.com).
If you are interested in proposing a Special Issue, please click here.
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|Laure Cabantous||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Jean Clarke||EM Lyon, France|
|Christine Coupland||Loughborough University, UK|
|Graeme Currie||Warwick Business School, UK|
|Silvia Dorado||UMass Boston, USA|
|Dror Etzion||McGill University, Canada|
|Peter Fleming||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Bernard Forgues||EMLYON Business School, France|
|Marianna Fotaki||University of Warwick, UK|
|Santi Furnari||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Claudia Gabbioneta||University of York Management School, UK|
|Elizabeth Goodrick||Florida Atlantic University, USA|
|Nina Granqvist||Aalto University School of Business, Finland|
|Nancy Harding||University of Bath, UK|
|Martin Kornberger||University of Edinburgh Business School, UK|
|Johanna Mair||Hertie School of Governance, Germany|
|Ignasi Martí||ESADE, Spain|
|Evelyn Micelotta||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Davide Nicolini||University of Warwick, UK|
|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||Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|Janne Tienari||Aalto University, Finland|
|Maxim Voronov||Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada|
|Peter Walgenbach||Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany|
|Filippo Wezel||Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland|
|Frank Wijen||RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands|
|Tammar Zilber||Jerusalem School of Business, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Erica Coslor||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Hamid Foroughi||University of Portsmouth, UK|
|Hokyu Hwang||UNSW Sydney, Australia|
|Mar Pérezts||EMLYON Business School, France|
|Sophia Tzagaraki||Managing Editor, Greece|
|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|
|Daniel Hjorth||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Robin Holt||University of Liverpool, UK|
|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|
|Samer Abdelnour||University of Edinburgh Business School, UK|
|Stephen Ackroyd||Lancaster University Management School, UK|
|Susan Ainsworth||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Rafael Alcadipani||Sao Paolo School of Business Administration, Brazil|
|John Amis||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Lynne Andersson||Fox Business School, Temple University, USA|
|Shaz Ansari||University of Cambridge, UK|
|David Arellano Gault||CIDE, Mexico|
|Diane-Laure Arjaliès||Ivey Business School, Canada|
|Reinhard Bachmann||SOAS, University of London, UK|
|René Bakker||Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Julia Balogun||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Bobby Banerjee||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Marcos Barros||Grenoble Ecole de Management, France|
|Nikolaus Beck||Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland|
|Rebecca Bednarek||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Nicolas Bencherki||Université Téluq, Canada|
|Ola Bergström||Gothenburg University, Sweden|
|Ariane Berthoin-Antal||WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany|
|Alexandre Bitektine||Concordia University, 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|
|Christof Brandtner||EMLYON Business School, France|
|Anna Brattström||Lund University, Sweden|
|Andrew Brown||University of Bath, UK|
|Haldor Byrkjeflot||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Giulia Cappellaro||Bocconi University, Italy|
|Catherine Casey||University of Leicester, UK|
|Stewart R Clegg||The University of Sydney|
|Alessia Contu||UMass Boston, USA|
|François Cooren||University of Montreal, Canada|
|Diego Coraiola||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Joep Cornelissen||Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands|
|Brett Crawford||Grand Valley State University, USA|
|Douglas Creed||University of Rhode Island, USA|
|Grégoire Croidieu||EM Lyon, France|
|Miguel Pina e Cunha||Nova School of Business & Economics, Portugal|
|Leanne Cutcher||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Luciana D’Adderio||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Maria Daskalaki||Oxford Brookes University, UK|
|Frank de Bakker||IÉSEG School of Management, France|
|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|
|Michaela Driver||New Mexico State University, USA|
|Gili Drori||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|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||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Nada Endrissat||Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland|
|Martha S Feldman||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Pablo Fernandez||IAE Business School, Argentina|
|Simone Ferriani||Università di Bologna, Italy|
|Peer Fiss||USC Marshall School of Business, USA|
|Denise Fletcher||Luxembourg University, Luxembourg|
|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|
|Yiannis Gabriel||University of Bath, UK|
|Suzanne Gagnon||University of Manitoba, Canada|
|Raghu Garud||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Joel Gehman||George Washington University, USA|
|Daniel Geiger||University of Hamburg, Germany|
|Mike Geppert||Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany|
|Damon Golsorkhi||Grenoble Ecole de Management, France|
|Jean-Pascal Gond||Bayes Business School, 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|
|Cynthia Hardy||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Tor Hernes||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Stefan Heusinkveld||Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|Ha Hoang||ESSEC Business School, France|
|Markus Höllerer||UNSW Sydney, Australia & WU Vienna, Austria|
|Jasper Hotho||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Isabelle Huault||Université de Paris Dauphine, France|
|Michael Humphreys||Durham University Business School, UK|
|Gazi Islam||Grenoble Ecole de Management, France|
|Michal Izak||Roehampton University, UK|
|Dennis Jancsary||WU Vienna, Austria|
|Lee Jarvis||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Tommy Jensen||Stockholm University, Sweden|
|Candace Jones||Boston College, USA|
|Matthew Jones||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Jannis Kallinikos||Luiss University, Italy and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK|
|Dan Kärreman||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Kate Kenny||Queens University, Belfast, UK|
|Daniel King||Nottingham Trent University, UK|
|Farah Kodeih||IÉSEG School of Management, France|
|Pikka-Maaria Laine||University of Lapland, Finland|
|Alice Lam||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|Joe Lampel||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Chris Land||University of Leicester, UK|
|Mark Learmonth||University of Durham, UK|
|Bernard Leca||ESSEC Business School, France|
|Yuan Li||Saint Mary’s College of California, USA|
|Dirk Lindebaum||Grenoble School of Management, France|
|Stephen Linstead||University of York, UK|
|Nick Llewellyn||Warwick Business School, UK|
|Danielle Logue||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Jaco Lok||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Elizabeth Long Lingo||Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA|
|Philippe Lorino||ESSEC Business School, France|
|Michael Lounsbury||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Oliver Mallett||University of Stirling, 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|
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|Felipe Massa||Loyola University, USA|
|Wolfgang Mayrhofer||Vienna University, Austria|
|William McKinley||Southern Illinois University, USA|
|Sébastien Mena||Hertie School, Germany|
|Joeri Mol||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Guido Möllering||Jacobs University, Germany|
|Christine Moser||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands|
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|Amit Nigam||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Niels G. Noorderhaven||Tilburg University, Netherlands|
|Daniel Nyberg||University of Newcastle, Australia|
|Damian O'Doherty||University of Liverpool, UK|
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|Rebecca Piekkari||Aalto University School of Business, Finland|
|Jo-Ellen Pozner||Santa Clara University, USA|
|Alison Pullen||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Sigrid Quack||Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany|
|Andreas Rasche||Warwick Business School, UK|
|Mia Raynard||WU Vienna, Austria|
|Patrick Reedy||University of Hull, UK|
|Juliane Reinecke||Warwick Business School, UK|
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|Michael Rowlinson||Queen Mary University of London, UK|
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|Ayse Saka-Helmhout||Radboud University, Netherlands|
|Marie Laure Salles-Djelic||Sciences Po, School of Management and Innovation, France|
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|Dennis Schoeneborn||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Georg Schreyögg||Free University of Berlin, Germany|
|Elke Schüßler||Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria|
|David Seidl||University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|Tapiwa Seremani||IÉSEG School of Management, France|
|Graham Sewell||University of Melbourne, Australia|
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Please read the guidelines below carefully before visiting Organization Studies’ ScholarOne submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/orgstudies to upload your manuscript. In addition, we ask you to have a close look into our and SAGE’s general Editorial and Publishing Policies that are to be found here. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines and policies may be returned.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
- Preparing your manuscript
2.1 Title, Keywords, and Abstract
2.2 Manuscript formatting
2.3 Reference style
- Submitting a manuscript
- After acceptance
4.1 Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM)
4.2 Online First publication
- Further information
Organization Studies (OS) promotes the understanding of organizations, organizing, and the organized, and the societal relevance of that understanding through the publication of double-anonymize peer-reviewed, top quality theoretical and empirical research. OS welcomes innovative, high-quality research from all paradigms and disciplines that advance organization research; it invites all social science methodologies and methods, and encourages studies that reflect on the broader implications of their results.
Before submitting your manuscript to OS, please ensure you have read our Aims & Scope. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the OS aims and scope will be reviewed.
Organization Studies publishes:
Empirical and conceptual research articles
We welcome empirical and conceptual research articles. Manuscripts must be original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere). The maximum length of submitted manuscripts is 11,000 words (including references, tables, figures, and appendices).
‘X and Organization Studies’ essays
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 maximum length for an X and OS essay is 7,500 words (including references). X and OS draw attention to novel, more infrequent, often unthought (and perhaps repressed) topics which the author(s) suggest(s) will bring revitalizing momentum to organization research (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here). Authors are asked to discuss preliminary ideas with one of the Editors-in-Chief. Upon submission, please select the ‘X and Organization Studies’ submission option.
Perspectives articles are introductions to OS Virtual Special Issues. They 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, Perspectives articles raise concerns or gaps in knowledge, and suggest avenues for future research. The maximum length for a Perspectives article is 11,000 words (including references). 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 Special Issue. Interested authors should discuss their ideas with one of the Editors-in-Chief. Previous Virtual Special Issues can be found here.
Method/ology articles address questions of methodology and method broadly (including philosophy of science, ontology, epistemology, study design, novel analytical methods, and writing). Method/ology articles should situate themselves firmly within organization studies and tackle issues or problems directly related to the “doing” of organization studies research. They must address topics of interest to readers of OS and make clear the connection to research conducted in OS. The maximum length of Method/ology articles is 11,000 words (including references). Upon submission, please select the ‘Method/ology’ submission option.
OS publishes short opinion pieces in the form of single contributions or as dialogues which, all in all, are no longer than 2,000 words (including a maximum of 5 references). Agora are essay-style pieces that bring up big issues of our times and their organizational dimensions with the aim to trigger discussion or set off reflections that lead to empirical studies and theorizing. Those interested in contributing to the Agora section should contact the Editors-in-Chief in advance, briefly sketching the issue and their personal views, the organizational relevance, and the kind of research required to address it. Upon submission, please select the ‘Agora’ submission option.
We publish reviews of books, films, series, or other forms of media on topics that fall within the Aims & Scope of the journal. These are usually commissioned by our Media Review Editors, but do approach them with your proposal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online. Submissions of articles and essays should be accompanied by
- an informative abstract of 300 words (maximum): Good abstracts describe the material presented in the paper, including the question or focus, the type of study reported (e.g., conceptual, empirical, qualitative, field, network study, etc.), the context, the main data source, and the most significant findings and contributions. The better your abstract, the easier it is for others to identify, read, and build upon your work;
- 5 to 7 keywords: Four keywords must be selected from the OS ScholarOne keyword list, the remaining keywords may be freely chosen.
Authors should explain any background information about the submission that the acting editor should be aware of in a cover letter (see also under 3. Submitting a manuscript).
Manuscripts submitted to OS must be in an editable (e.g. Word) format, we do not accept manuscripts as PDF file.
Organize the manuscript by using primary, secondary, and tertiary headings, rather than numbered headings (see recent OS issues for examples).
Within the manuscript, text should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Tables may be single-spaced and in smaller fonts.
When submitting a paper and during the review process, tables and figures should be inserted in the text to facilitate reading of the manuscript. Ensure that figures and tables are inserted in editable formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Before acceptance, you will have to upload all tables and figures in separate files. 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.
References to articles, books, and other source works cited in the text and listed in the references section should follow the OS Style and Reference Guide (see here for details).
Authors should not re-submit a manuscript that OS has rejected at an earlier time, unless they are doing so at the explicit invitation of one of the editors.
Ordinarily, the editors will only consider up to a maximum of three submissions at a time from an author (regardless of single- or co-author status). Should an author believe there are exceptional circumstances to consider when it comes to this policy, we ask the author to contact us for a consultation.
OS is hosted on SAGE track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne. Authors need to submit their manuscripts (in editable format) to the OS ScholarOne submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/orgstudies
On the site, you will be asked to upload a title page, with contact information for all authors. Please include acknowledgements and funding information on the title page.
Please also make sure that you answer all the manuscript- and author-related questions in the system, and that all authors’ names are entered into the manuscript submission form.
Every submission must name a corresponding author who will be involved in all correspondence regarding the manuscript. Provide full contact details for the corresponding author on the OS ScholarOne site. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.
Please add an author biography of no more than 100 words on each author’s personal history and current interests (1st step of your submission under the header “Type, Title, & Abstract”).
When authors submit a manuscript for consideration, they must certify that the manuscript is not at the same time under review for publication in another outlet (e.g., book chapter, journal) nor that it, or a closely related version of the manuscript, has previously been published in another outlet.
Please indicate in your cover letter people who have already viewed the paper, members of thesis committees and colleagues who would have a conflict of interest in reviewing the paper, and any other circumstances that might affect the integrity of the anonymize review process. It is not useful to include a description or summary of the paper in the cover letter. Use the cover letter to tell the editor whether any of the data in a submitted manuscript have been published elsewhere or are used in manuscripts under review in other outlets and how the submitted manuscript differs. (Please see our Editorial and Publishing Policies for further information.)
Authors should prepare their manuscripts in such a way that they cannot be identified. To preserve anonymity in the anonymize review process, authors should avoid revealing their identity in text through obvious and/or multiple self-references to previous work or in footnotes. If authors cite their own published work or work in progress, however, these references must be included in the references with full bibliographic information. Authors should reference their own work as they would the work of any other scholar. Reviewers will ask what the contribution of a manuscript is above what has already been published and must have this information.
Any acknowledgements and funding information should be provided in the respective fields on the OS ScholarOne site and on the title page, but not in the main text of the manuscript. (In manuscripts accepted for OS publication any acknowledgements will appear at the end of the article prior to the Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and the References).
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, pictures, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
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 by the bar “Author Accepted” across the pages. Authors can correct last minor errors within their article when reviewing proofs during the copy-editing process 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 AAMs, visit the journal’s homepage and click on the Accepted Manuscripts link at the top of the page (see landing page here).
OS benefits 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 the SAGE OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.
5. 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