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As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review and publication process, Sage is trialling the adoption of CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) on several of our journals. CRediT is a high-level taxonomy, including 14 roles, which is used to describe each author’s individual contributions to the work. 

Please note:

  • The submitting author is responsible for listing the contributions of all authors at submission
  • All authors are responsible for discussing and agreeing to their individual contributions prior to submission
  • All authors are responsible for ensuring that the roles assigned are accurate
  • All authors are responsible for ensuring that each author’s contributions collectively meet Sage’s authorship criteria
  • Only those who meet Sage’s authorship criteria can be considered an author on a submitted paper
  • Once a paper has been accepted, the author roles can’t be modified.

IMPORTANT: Authors should not include author contribution statements in the manuscript itself. Any author contribution statements will be overwritten with Sage’s standardised CRediT contribution statement wording. However, any contributors with roles that do not constitute authorship (e.g. if Supervision, Funding Acquisition or Data curation was the sole contribution), or any author contributions not covered by the CRediT taxonomy, should be listed in the Acknowledgements.

The CRediT Roles

Sage’s authorship criteria

For authors submitting to social science or humanities journals, all parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. 

For technical or medical journals, in line with ICMJE guidance, to qualify for authorship each individual must:

1) Have made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the article; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the article; AND

2) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content; AND

3) Approved the version to be published; AND

4) Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

CRediT and authorship criteria

For all journals adopting CRediT, all parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Any contributors with roles that do not amount to a substantive contribution (e.g. if Supervision, Funding Acquisition or Data Curation was the sole role) should be listed in the Acknowledgements.

For technical or medical journals adopting CRediT, to qualify for authorship each individual must have been responsible for:

1. At least one of the following:

  • Conceptualization
  • Methodology
  • Formal Analysis
  • Investigation


2. At least one of the following: 

  • Writing – Original Draft Preparation
  • Writing – Review & Editing

IMPORTANT: When there is no acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work (e.g. for an Editorial) the first authorship criterion (‘substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work’) may be met by the roles 'Conceptualization' or 'Methodology'.

CRediT and Sage Track

Please see this video for an overview of how to select CRediT contributions when submitting your article in Sage Track:

Adopting titles

Sage is currently trialling CRediT on the following journals:

  • Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Biomarker Insights
  • Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research
  • Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Clinical Medicine Insights: Pediatrics
  • Clinical Psychological Science
  • First Language
  • International Journal of Music Education
  • i-Perception
  • Journal of Central Nervous System Disease
  • Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders
  • Journal of Human Lactation
  • Language Testing
  • Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
  • Palliative Care & Social Practice
  • Perception
  • Plasmatology
  • Psychological Science
  • Research Studies in Music Education
  • The Holocene
  • Therapeutic Advances in Allergy and Rhinology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
  • Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
  • Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Diseases
  • Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
  • Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
  • Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Therapeutic Advances in Rare Disease
  • Therapeutic Advances in Reproductive Health
  • Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
  • Therapeutic Advances in Urology
  • Therapeutic Advances in Vaccines and Immunotherapy
  • The Journal of Medicine Access
  • Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
  • Women's Health

For more information please see the CRediT website.

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