Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact SAGE with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact SAGE with a detailed written description of your concern, and information supporting the concern, at email@example.com
SAGE will acknowledge receipt of your complaint and investigate your complaint in line with relevant guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), where applicable.