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eISSN: 21582440 | ISSN: 21582440 | Current volume: 8 | Current issue: 2

SAGE Open is an open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

SAGE Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open’s interactive comments feature and article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.

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

Why publish in SAGE Open:

  1. Global distribution of your research via the award-winning SAGE Journals online platform
  2. Professional copyediting and typesetting of your article will ensure quality
  3. Low Article Processing Charge (APC) of $395
  4. Continuous-publication online format ensures rapid publication upon acceptance

Who should submit manuscripts to SAGE Open?

  • Authors who want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform
  • Authors who want their articles branded and marketed by a world-leading social science publisher
  • Authors who want or need their articles to be open access because of university or government mandates
  • Authors who want their articles to receive quality reviews and efficient production

To view SAGE Open’s list of Editorial Board members please visit http://sgo.sagepub.com/editorial-board.

Manuscript submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, SAGE’s web-based peer review and submission system, powered by ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen for full manuscript submission guidelines.

Please direct any inquiries to sageopen@sagepub.com.

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

SAGE Open publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Accepted articles span the full extent of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

SAGE Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open’s interactive comments feature and article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.

SAGE Open offers authors quick review and decision times; a speedy, continuous-publication format; and global distribution for their research via SAGE Journals Online. All articles are professionally copyedited and typeset to ensure quality.

Those who should submit to SAGE Open include:

  • Authors who want their articles to receive quality reviews and efficient production, ensuring the quickest publication time.
  • Authors who want their articles to receive free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform.
  • Authors who want their articles branded and marketed by a world-leading social science publisher.
  • Authors who want or need their articles to be open access because of university or government mandates.
  • Clarivate Analytics: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • SCOPUS
  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing,
    and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
    formulated by the International Committee of
    Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen 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 SAGE Open 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.

    Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
    SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

     

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.1.1 Plagiarism
      5.1.2 Prior publication
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    SAGE Open is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made
    freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license
    and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of
    article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon
    acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open
    Access FAQs
    .

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
    (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
    available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    The article processing charge (APC) is $395.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE Open, please ensure you have read the Aims &
    Scope
    .

    3.2 Article types

    SAGE Open welcomes the submission of original research articles and literature reviews.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
    further resources.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
    keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
    engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
    write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
    How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. SAGE Open
    utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and
    information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible,
    while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the
    Article Editor who then make the final decision.

    The approach of SAGE Open's peer review process differs from that of traditional journals.
    Rather than assessing the relative 'importance' of a given article to its respective field, peer
    review will instead focus solely on determining the quality of research methodology, that is,
    determining whether the research was conducted properly, the discussion accurately
    summarizes the research, and the conclusion follows logically from the research. Readers and
    the academic community at large will then have the power to continue the peer review process
    after online publication, helping to determine the significance of each article through the ability
    to share a discuss articles freely and through article-level usage metrics.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
    possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
    alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
    involvement in the decision-making process.

    SAGE Open is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such
    has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give
    credit for peer review. Reviewers for SAGE Open can opt in to Publons in order to claim their
    reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers
    claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name,
    reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more
    information visit the Publons website.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 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. 

    4.4 Funding

    SAGE Open 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.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    SAGE Open encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and
    recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Please include any declaration in file separate from the main text, after any acknowledgements,
    under the heading 'Conflicts of Interest.' If no declaration is made the following will be printed
    under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that
    ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial
    relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the forprofit
    interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied
    in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of
    interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to
    assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the
    Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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. Journal policy prohibits an author from
    submitting the same manuscript for consideration by another journal and does not allow
    publication of a manuscript that has been published in whole or in part by another journal.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    SAGE Open 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 plagiarized
    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.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
    journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
    considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
    doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
    Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses.
    The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows
    others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For
    more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
    mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Templates are available on the Manuscript
    Submission Guidelines
    page of our Author Gateway.

    6.2 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 color will appear in color online.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    SAGE Open adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure
    your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the APA output file here.

    6.4 Reference style

    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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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    SAGE Open is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system
    powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen 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.

    7.2 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.

    Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and may present original
    research or literature reviews. The word count (which includes all text including the abstract,
    manuscript, notes, tables, figures, etc.) should appear on the title page.

    Manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words, and, beneath the abstract,
    4-5 keywords. When preparing your abstract, we suggest you describe the purpose of your
    research, the methods or approaches you used, your results, and your conclusions.

    All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the sixth edition of the Publication
    Manual of the American Psychological Association. 

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    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.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
    submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must
    match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the
    required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
    (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.4 ORCID

    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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher
    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.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their
    ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one
    here.

    7.5 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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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
    contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production,
    the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
    Your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within 5-6 weeks. 

    8.1 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. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all
    author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and
    that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there
    are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign
    a form authorizing the change.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
    publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
    citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
    it will be completely free to view and download for all. 

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
    as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
    you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
    In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
    share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
    with Kudos

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
    process should be sent to the SAGE Open editorial office as follows:

    sageopen@sagepub.com

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