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Journal of Health Psychology

Journal of Health Psychology

An Interdisciplinary, International Journal

eISSN: 14617277 | ISSN: 13591053 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 9 Frequency: 8 Times/Year
Journal of Health Psychology is an international peer-reviewed journal that aims to support and help shape research in health psychology from around the world. It provides a platform for traditional empirical analyses as well as more qualitative and/or critically oriented approaches. It also addresses the social contexts in which psychological and health processes are embedded.

Studies published in this journal are required to obtain ethical approval from an appropriate ethics committee or institutional review board. Such approval must include informed consent from all research participants. Any manuscript not containing an explicit statement concerning ethical approval and informed consent will not be considered. All studies and systematic reviews published in this journal must be accompanied by the required range of data files, including raw data and supporting documentation. Authors must confirm that all research participants gave informed consent for the data to be shared publicly and that this was approved by the ethics committee or institutional review board. Further details about these requirements are provided in the manuscript submission guidelines (

"I applaud its focus on the integration of research and practice. Reviews of the empirical literature and the opportunities for public debate should prove to be particularly useful" - Suzanne Bennett Johnson, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

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

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Journal of Health Psychology is an international peer-reviewed journal that aims to support and help shape research in health psychology from around the world. It provides a platform for traditional empirical analyses as well as more qualitative and/or critically oriented approaches. It also addresses the social contexts in which psychological and health processes are embedded.

Co-Editors in Chief
Rachel A. Annunziato Fordham University, USA
Abigail Locke Keele University, UK
Gareth Treharne University of Otago, New Zealand
Founding Editor
David F Marks Arles, France
Associate Editors
Ronan Conroy Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland
Seth Kalichman University of Connecticut, USA
Carla Willig City University, London, UK
Xiaofei Xie Peking University, China
Editorial Board
Nancy E Adler University of California, San Francisco, USA
Megan Ames University of Victoria, Canada
Katherine Appleton Bournemouth University, UK
Kristin August Rutgers University, USA
Suzanne Bennett Johnson University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Anna Brytek-Matera University of Wroclaw, Poland
Catherine Campbell London School of Economics, London, UK
Kerry Chamberlain Massey University, Albany, New Zealand
Sabrina Cipoletta University of Padova, Italy
Cecilia G. Conaco University of the Phillipines, Phillipines, Philippines
Tamlin Conner University of Otago, New Zealand
Irma Corral East Carolina University, USA
Katy Darling Brown University, USA
Carlo C DiClemente University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Emee Vida Estacio Keele University, UK
Uwe Flick Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany
Paul Flowers University of Strathclyde, UK
Keith Geraghty University of Manchester, UK
Meghan M. Gillen Penn State Abington, USA
Manuela Glattacker Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Germany
Ellen Goudsmit Retired, University of East London, UK
M. Graça Pereira University of Minho, Portugal
Sarah Grogan Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Stevan E Hobfoll Rush Medical College, USA
Cheryl L. Holt University of Maryland, USA
Hui-Chuan Hsu Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Brian M. Hughes National University of Ireland, Galway
Leonard A. Jason DePaul University, USA
Ashraf Kagee Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Maria Kangas Macquarie University, Australia
Evangelos C. Karademas University of Crete, Greece
Elizabeth A. Klonoff University of Central Florida, USA
Feng Kong Shaanxi Normal University, China
Gary L Kreps George Mason University, USA
William Li The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joaquim T. Limonero Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Christina Liossi University of Southampton, UK
Buffie Longmire-Avital Elon University, USA
Luo Lu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Aleksandra Luszczynska University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland and University of Colorado, USA
Antonia C. Lyons Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Joanna McParland Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Michael Murray University of Keele, UK
Paul Nussbaum University of Pittsburgh, USA
Doug Oman University of California, Berkeley, USA
Chandra Y. Osborn Vanderbilt University, USA
Ivanka Prichard Flinders University, Australia
James O. Prochaska University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA
Tina Rochelle City University of Hong Kong, China
Jesus Rodriguez-Marin Miguel Hernandez University, Alicante, Spain
Dilek Demirtepe Saygili Atilim University, Turkey
Jason Seacat Western New England College, USA
Timothy Skinner University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jonathan Smith Birkbeck College, London, UK
Mark R. Somerfield Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Mary-Jane Paris Spink Pontificia Catholic University, São Paulo, Brazil
Wendy Stainton-Rogers The Open University, UK
Penny Standen University Hospital, Nottingham, UK
Christine Stephens Massey University, New Zealand
Rachel Sumner Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Stephen Sutton University of Cambridge, UK
Catherine Marie Sykes City University London, UK
Cin Cin Tan The University of Toledo, USA
Catherine S-K Tang National University of Singapore, Singapore
Carl E. Thoresen Stanford University, USA
Marika Tiggemann Flinders University, Australia
Claudia Unikel-Santoncini National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico
Jelte M. Wicherts Tilburg University, Netherlands
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Health Psychology

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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 Journal of Health Psychology will be reviewed.

    Please ensure that your manuscript is suitable for publication and completely free of errors before you submit. Please pay particular attention to SAGE guidelines on Authorship and the SAGE Correction Policy.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, 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. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Journal of Health Psychology may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Reporting guidelines
      2.8 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
      3.4 Transparency, Openness and Replication Policy
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Language and terminology
      4.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.4 Supplemental material
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Health Psychology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    The Editorial Board of the Journal of Health Psychology considers for publication:

    (a) Full-length reports on empirical studies (up to 8,000 words counting 500 words per table and figure for all study types including intervention studies and qualitative studies).

    (b) Brief reports on empirical studies (up to 3,000 words counting 500 words per table and figure).

    (c) Review articles including systematic reviews, narrative reviews, and theoretical contributions (up to 8,000 words counting 500 words per table and figure).

    (d) Open peer commentaries on recent articles in this journal or topical issues (up to 2,000 words counting 500 words per table and figure).

    (e) Commissioned guest editorials (up to 3,000 words counting 500 words per table and figure) approved in advance by the Editors (email with formal enquiries).

    1.3 Writing your paper

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

    1.3.1 Make 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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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Health Psychology operates a strictly anonymised peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    2.2 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.

    2.3 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.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Health Psychology 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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Health Psychology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript and on the title page, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.​ For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    Please see the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest for more information about what items should be referenced in a Conflict of Interest statement.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    2.7 Reporting guidelines

    These guidelines relate to level of specificity, labels, participation, gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities and age. Authors should also be sensitive to issues of social class, religion and culture.

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline. 

    2.8 Research data

    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. From the 1st July 2020 Journal of Health Psychology requires authors to share only those data described in the publication and to submit a Data Sharing Statement alongside their submission. This should appear as a distinct sub-section at the end of the Method section of the manuscript.

    The data must be uploaded to the SAGE Track submission system and will be uploaded to Figshare on publication. Please see section 3.4 for information on MIRD data sharing, data uploading and required files and the relevant Editorial for further details. 

    2.8.1 Data sharing statement

    Data sharing statements must indicate the following: whether individual de-identified participant data (including data dictionaries) are shared; what data in particular are shared; additional, related documents that are available (e.g. study protocol and statistical analysis plan). The shared data should be useable and interpretable and include the following features:

    1. If the data are in the form of a statistical dataset, variables must be labelled clearly, and variables that are stored as labelled numeric values must have associated value labels. The version of the software used to create the dataset must be stipulated (to clarify potential back-compatibility issues).
    2. For data stored as a spreadsheet, or delimited text, an associated text file containing variable labels and, where appropriate, value labels for labelled numeric data.
    3. Missing data codes should be documented, together with numbers of missing values for each variable. Ideally, missing data should be left blank, not assigned a pseudo-numeric code.
    4. Measurement units and measurement times (where appropriate).
    5. The dataset should be accompanied by a codebook giving means of continuous variables and frequencies of categorical variables, together with numbers of valid cases. This allows the use to check that they have read the data correctly into whatever software they are using.
    6. Clearly spell out the analytic procedures upon which the submitted claims rely, and where possible provide access to all relevant analytic materials.
    7. Note explaining the datasets will be available in Figshare and as supplementary material on the SAGE Journals platform. 

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Health Psychology 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 plagiarised 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.

    3.1.2 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.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Health Psychology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

    3.4 Transparency, Openness and Replication Policy

    From the 1st July 2020, Journal of Health Psychology requires all authors to make their data fully accessible for all empirical research submitted to the journal for publication, and will only consider manuscripts which follow an open publication model with M = Mandatory, I = Inclusion (of), R = Raw, D = Data (MIRD). According to the MIRD model, all contributions of new qualitative and quantitative studies must fully document and share the raw data collected by the author(s) or their data collection team together with full details of the analytical procedures used. All data and analytical procedures must be sufficiently well described to enable a third party with the appropriate level of expertise to replicate the data analyses.

    Authors must include their raw data and disclose the key aspects of the research design to every extent possible. In addition to publishing the raw data with the article, the data must be shared through a digital repository. Authors have to use data citation practices that identify a dataset’s author(s), title, date, version, and a persistent identifier, for example a Digital Object identifier (DOI). 

    The MIRD data sharing principle will be applied to all empirical studies, not only clinical trial report data:

    1. As of 1 July 2020, manuscripts concerning clinical trials and other empirical studies that are submitted to Journal of Health Psychology must contain a data sharing statement as delineated in section 2.8 Research Data.
    2. Any clinical trial that begins enrolling participants and is intended for later submission to Journal of Health Psychology must include a data sharing plan in the trial’s registration.

    It is Journal of Health Psychology policy that authors submit detailed information on empirical analysis alongside their written article. Authors should upload at least the first four files listed below when they submit their article.

    • data set
    • syntax file(s) from the software that has been used for the analysis;
    • explanatory memo: explaining enclosed files/material and their content including help with regard to the analysis, which is important when non-standard techniques have been used; this may also apply to qualitative work; also some information on the software used for the analysis, including its version, is required;
    • log file(s): output with results from the software that has been used for the analysis;
    • Additional data analysis, including robustness analyses

    Authors must provide a separate readme PDF listing all included files and documenting the purpose and format of each file provided, as well as instructing a user on how a replication can be conducted.

    Making datasets publicly available is mandated by Journal of Health Psychology policy. Authors should ensure that they are uploading to the Journal of Health Psychology SAGE Track submission site, all data to do with their article. Once the article is accepted and published, it will be automatically uploaded to the Figshare repository.

    The manuscript will not be moved through to Peer Review, or to Production until the editor is satisfied that all relevant data has been submitted alongside the manuscript. If cited data are restricted (e.g. classified, require confidentiality protections, were obtained under a non-disclosure agreement, or have inherent logistical constraints), authors must notify the editor at the time of submission. The editor shall have full discretion to follow the journal’s policy on restricted data, including declining to review the manuscript of granting an exemption with or without conditions. The editor shall inform the author of this decision prior to review.

    In addition to sharing the raw data, Journal of Health Psychology requires authors to delineate clearly the analytic procedures upon which their published claims rely and, where possible, provide access to all relevant analytic materials.

    3.4.1 Replication studies

    Journal of Health Psychology encourages the submission of replication studies regardless of whether or not the findings are statistically significant. Normally replication studies fall within of one or more of the following types:

    Theoretical replication: The submitted article argues that the original theoretical model is missing at least one key element. The missing element(s) are addressed and included in the empirical analysis;

    Technical replication: The submitted article identifies faults in the original research design or analysis, thereby arguing that the original results might not hold; and/or

    Concept replication: The submitted article questions the validity of the original study. An alternative measurement or operationalisation is proposed which yields different substantive results.

    3.4.2 Preregistration of Studies and Analysis Plans

    Researchers conducting experimental studies are encouraged to consider pre-registering their research design in advance with an established registry. Journal of Health Psychology will publish papers where authors indicate the conducted research was preregistered with an analysis plan in an independent, institutional registry (e.g., of studies involves registering the study design, variables, and treatment conditions. Including an analysis plan involves specification of sequence of analyses or the statistical model that will be reported.

    For preregistered studies, the following requirements apply:

    1. Authors must, in acknowledgments or the first footnote, indicate that research was preregistered in an independent, institutional registry (with name and link to its location) with an analysis plan;
    2. The author must:

    1. confirm in the text that the study was registered prior to conducting the research with links to the time-stamped preregistration(s) at the institutional registry, and that the preregistration adheres to the disclosure requirements of the institutional registry or those required for the preregistered badge with analysis plans maintained by the Center for Open Science.

    2. report all pre-registered analyses in the text, or, if there were changes in the analysis plan following preregistration, those changes must be disclosed with explanation for the changes clearly distinguish in text analyses that were preregistered from those that were not, such as having separate sections in the results for confirmatory and exploratory analyses (these changes are added as a separate document linked to the text of the main paper)

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    Please ensure that your manuscript is suitable for publication and completely free of errors before you submit. Please pay particular attention to SAGE guidelines on Authorship and the SAGE Correction Policy.

           4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Language and terminology

    Authors must follow the Guidelines to Reduce Bias in Language of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). These guidelines relate to level of specificity, labels, participation, gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities and age. Authors should also be sensitive to issues of social class, religion and culture.

    The language used in your manuscript should be inclusive and language that might be deemed sexist or racist should not be used. All submissions should avoid the use of pejorative terms and insensitive or demeaning language and submissions that use unacceptable language will be returned by the editor.

    Useful websites to refer to for guidance

    We recommend that authors consider looking at the below guidance:

    4.3 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 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.

    4.4 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.5 Reference style

    Journal of Health Psychology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.6 English language editing services

    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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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Health Psychology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    5.1 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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    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. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. 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).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us 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 authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 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.

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    7. Further information

    Any enquires about the manuscript submission process, the status of a submission, selecting the appropriate manuscript type, journal policies, or fit with the journal’s aims and scope should be addressed to:


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