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Resources for reviewers & Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of additional resources that reviewers might find it useful to visit while completing their reports:

For Editors: 

For Authors:

Reviewer Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I be invited to review a paper for a SAGE journal?

    You will receive an invitation from the journal editor by email, often using an online peer review system.  Many SAGE journals use SAGE Track. Find our more information about how to respond to invitations sent through this system.

  • What to do if you are reviewing a paper that doesn’t use SAGE Track?
    You should read your reviewer invitation carefully as this will usually contain information about how to respond. If it does not, contact the journal editorial office (details are usually in the manuscript submission guidelines) and enquire, but do not include your reviewer report or give responses until you have identified where your comments should be sent in order to maintain the confidential nature of the peer review process. Contact information for the editorial office can be found in the manuscript submission guidelines for your journal which are available on each journal’s homepage.
  • How do I access SAGE Track?

    Find out more information about how to respond to invitations sent through this system. Once you have registered with the site you can log in and see all papers assigned to you as a peer reviewer.

  • How do I submit a review through SAGE Track?
    The best thing to do is to follow the instructions in the invitation email. Find out more about online submissions.
  • I have been asked to review an article – how do I write a review?
    See the How to Review Articles section of this Reviewer Gateway where advice and resources have been compiled.
  • I have been asked to review an article, but I don’t have time, what do I do?

    See the etiquette section of the How to Review Articles section of this Reviewer Gateway.

  • I want to involve my junior colleague in my review of a paper. Is this allowed?
    Ahead of accepting the invitation to review, contact the journal editor directly to explain what you want to do any why. If the journal editor is happy for you to include your colleague, go ahead, but ensure that you provide the editor with full details of the role that your colleague took and their name and affiliation. Full guidelines for peer reviewers can be found on the Committee on Publication Ethics website here.  

  • I have been asked to review an article, but I don’t understand the subject. What should I do?
    See the etiquette section of the How to Review Articles section of this Reviewer Gateway.
  • What benefits do I receive from SAGE for reviewing papers?
    See the Reviewer Rewards section of this Reviewer Gateway
  • How do I provide SAGE with feedback on my experience of reviewing for one of their journals?

    SAGE has provided a reviewer feedback email address to allow you to give us your experience of reviewing with us to help us to improve our systems journals@sagepub.com

  • How do I contact the journal editor?
    See the homepage of the journal that you are reviewing for and make contact with the editorial office using the contact information provided in the manuscript submission guidelines.
  • What is the peer review policy of the journal?
    See the homepage of the journal that you are reviewing for where review policy information is provided in the manuscript submission guidelines.
  • I am reviewing a paper that I think I’ve read before, what should I do?
    See the Ethics section of this Reviewer Gateway for more information about all ethical issues linked to reviewing of papers and how to proceed if you discover a potential problem.
  • I am reviewing a paper that contains inflammatory/defamatory statements. How do I identify if they are serious? What do I do?
    See the Ethics section of this Reviewer Gateway for more information about all ethical issues linked to reviewing of papers and how to proceed if you discover a potential problem.

If you can’t find the information you need here or if you have any feedback on the SAGE Reviewer Gateway, please get in touch with us: journals@sagepub.com.