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Organization Studies

Published in Association with European Group for Organizational Studies
An international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the Studies of organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societies

eISSN: 17413044 | ISSN: 01708406 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Monthly

Organization Studies (OS), published in collaboration with the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), is a global, peer-reviewed journal that promotes the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the societal relevance of that understanding. OS prompts engagement with organizations and organizing as psychological, social, economic, cultural, political, historical and philosophical phenomena, and is the leading journal in the development of relevant and impactful knowledge of how organizations and organizing shape and are shaped by societies.

OS welcomes innovative, high-quality research from all paradigms and disciplines that advance organization research. It promotes multidisciplinarity through research that engages across disciplinary boundaries; it invites all social science methodologies and methods that provide insights into organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. It encourages studies that reflect on the broader implications of their results.

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Organization Studies Guidelines for Reviewers.

"Organization Studies goes to the top of the stack because it is such a reliable source of thoughtful scholarship. Authors get into the pages of this journal by reflecting deeply on issues. There is less running after transient 'mainstreams', and more willingness to enact meaningful discourse that people should take seriously. Organization Studies features 'seasoned inquiry' in the best sense of that phrase. It dominates that niche hands down." Karl E Weick

"I am a great admirer of Organization Studies. Its issues contain articles with new ideas, analysis that is rigorous, empirical methodologies that are sound and helpful ideas relevant to thoughtful practitioners." Chris Argyris

"Organization Studies is an exemplar of quality publishing in organization theory. Its success has helped enormously to build the more creative and confident European management research community we now have. I am confident OS will retain its European distinctiveness while becoming a premier publishing outlet for the best scholarship from throughout the world. OS can make a difference both in intellectual and policy terms and I have great hopes it will". Andrew Pettigrew

All issues of Organization Studies are available to browse online.

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Aims and Scope

Organization Studies (OS) is a highly ranked and globally respected, multidisciplinary journal with over 40 years history of publishing excellent organization research. OS aims at advancing our knowledge of organizations, organizing, the organized, the disorganized and the unsettled. It is broadly rooted in the social sciences and promotes an understanding of these phenomena as shaping, and shaped by, the societies of which they are part.

OS invites innovative high-quality research from a wide range of philosophical traditions, disciplines, and methodological approaches. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they are mutually informative.

OS welcomes articles that push organization theory forward through research that fully or partly draws on empirical data to research studies based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. Further, we accept conceptual articles that develop theory without reliance on empirical data. In the medium term, OS will focus on empirical manuscripts and will advise authors of manuscripts that do not draw on empirical data in any form to submit to Organization Theory (OT) instead.

If you would like to know more about the Aims & Scope, please read the most recent editorial here.
If you would like to learn more about the historical intellectual signature of OS, please click here.

Our commitment

We are committed to OS being the leading hub of a community of scholars – authors, reviewers, editors and readers –, whose defining characteristics are a passion for ideas, open-minded intellectual curiosity, collegiate critique, and uncompromising adherence to the highest scholarly standards.

We expect every article published in OS to provide meaningful insights that challenge and exceed existing knowledge in the area of organization studies. We encourage bold research, driven by academic curiosity that crosses existing boundaries and dares to explore novel ground. We are looking for original research, but do not seek novelty as an end in itself, but rather as the result of the passion to advance our scholarly community and move our journal entrepreneurially ahead.

We are open to paradigmatic plurality and multidisciplinary research, but each article must have a solid theoretical grounding and must strive to develop further the tradition to which it adheres. We are committed to the accumulation of knowledge and demand that all articles engage seriously with existing literature. Submissions need to clearly communicate which conversations they wish to be part of or challenge, and what the novel theoretical insights are that their research contributes in relation to existing organizational literatures.

We are open to a wide range of epistemologies, methodologies and methods and expect empirical submissions to account for and motivate the approach chosen. Empirical studies must display professional rigour in data collection and analysis appropriate for the specific approach.

Types of Submissions

OS welcomes the following types of submissions:
(a) empirical or conceptual ‘Research articles’;
(b) shorter, essay-style ‘X and Organization Studies’;
(c) ‘Perspectives articles’ that serve as introductions to Virtual Special Issues;
(d) ‘Method/ology articles;
(e) ‘Agora’ opinion pieces, and
(f) ‘Media reviews’.

Empirical or conceptual papers, 'X and Organization Studies,' "Perspective articles' and Method/ology article are all peer-reviewed and benefit from our rigorous and developmental review process

Empirical or conceptual research articles

We welcome empirical and conceptual research articles. Manuscripts must be original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere). The maximum length of submitted manuscripts is 13,000 words (including references and appendices).

‘X and Organization Studies’ essays

‘X and OS’ are essay-style articles that draw attention to unexplored, unthought, or marginalized topics in order to revitalize research and inspire the field of organization studies more broadly. Articles in this section will have to contribute to both the ‘X’ and the ‘OS’. ‘X and OS’ are written prior to when a full empirical or conceptual research article can address a topic, but also, importantly, they accomplish their objective in the style of an essay (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here). The maximum length of X and OS essays is 7.500 words (including references). Authors are asked to discuss preliminary ideas with the Editors-in-Chief. After initial green light from the EiC, developed manuscripts will go through a regular peer review process."

Perspectives articles

Perspectives articles are introductions to Virtual Special Issues, which cover a set of articles (five to six) previously published in Organization Studies. Perspectives pieces provide a focused overview of the evolution of a topic over time, the contribution of selected prior articles to the development and ongoing debate, and, most importantly, raise concerns about missing insights and knowledge, in order to outline fruitful avenues for future research. The Perspectives article is published in a regular OS issue, and also published online together with the previously published OS articles as part of a Virtual Special Issue. Interested authors should discuss their ideas with the Editors-in-Chief. The maximum length of a Perspectives article is 13,000 words (including references). Previous Virtual Special Issues can be found here. After initial green light from the EiC, developed manuscripts will go through a regular peer review process.

Method/ology articles

Method/ology articles address questions of methodology and method broadly (including philosophy of science, ontology, epistemology, study design, novel analytical methods, and writing). Method/ology articles should situate themselves firmly within organization studies and tackle issues or problems directly related to the “doing” of organization studies research. They must address topics of interest to readers of OS and make clear the connection to research conducted in OS. The maximum length for Method/ology articles is 13.000 words (including references).

Agora

In line with the idea of knowledge emerging from gathering together in spaces like assemblies and squares, OS publishes short opinion pieces in the form of single contributions or as dialogues in essay style (all in all no longer than 2,000 words including references). In the Agora, we deal with the big issues of our times and their organizational dimensions. With this format, we wish to offer a forum for debating contemporary matters of academic interest to the readers of Organization Studies, in the hope that this triggers discussion or sets off reflections that lead to empirical studies and theorizing. Agora pieces are single-authored: (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here). Those interested in contributing to the Agora section should contact the Editors-in-Chief in advance, briefly sketching the issue and their personal views, the organizational relevance, why the issue deserves sparking an urgent debate, and the kind of research required.

Authors who have published an Agora piece, cannot resubmit for the three years following the date of acceptance of their published Agora. This is to guarantee variety and fairness in access to this section of the Journal.

Media Reviews

Books are and remain at the heart and centre of scholarly formats. However, in order to account for the relevance of and inspiration from other forms of media in the process of defining, producing, and diffusing knowledge, we have broadened the scope of reviews and OS now offers a Media Reviews section. Proposals should be directed towards our Media Review Editors (email: orgstudiesmre@gmail.com).

If you are interested in proposing a Special Issue, please click here.

Editors in Chief
Paolo Quattrone University of Manchester, UK
Tammar Zilber Jerusalem School of Business, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Senior Editors
Timon Beyes Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Alexandre Bitektine Concordia University, Canada
Laure Cabantous ESCP Buniness School, France
Graeme Currie Warwick Business School, UK
Silvia Dorado UMass Boston, USA
Pablo Fernandez IAE, Universidad Austral, Argentina
Peter Fleming University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Bernard Forgues EMLYON Business School, France
Marianna Fotaki University of Warwick, UK
Santi Furnari Bayes Business School, UK
Claudia Gabbioneta University of York Management School, UK
Elizabeth Goodrick Florida Atlantic University, USA
Nina Granqvist Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Nancy Harding University of Bath, UK
Sarah Harvey University College London, UK
Dennis Jancsary WU Vienna, Austria
Martin Kornberger WU Vienna, Austria
Ignasi Martí ESADE, Spain
Evelyn Micelotta University of Ottawa, Canada
Davide Nicolini University of Warwick, UK
Damian O'Doherty University of Liverpool, UK
Jo-Ellen Pozner Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, USA
Mia Raynard UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada
Linda Rouleau HEC Montréal, Canada
Barbara Simpson Strathclyde University, UK
Paul Spee The University of Queensland, Australia
Jörg Sydow Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Maxim Voronov Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Filippo Wezel Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Frank Wijen RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Media Review Editors
Erica Coslor University of Melbourne, Australia
Hamid Foroughi University of Essex, UK
Hokyu Hwang UNSW Sydney, Australia
Varda Wasserman The Open University of Israel, Israel
Managing Editor
Sophia Tzagaraki Managing Editor, Greece
Former Editors in Chief
John Child University of Birmingham, UK
Stewart R Clegg University of Technology Sydney, Australia
David Courpasson EMLYON Business School, France
David J Hickson University of Bradford, UK
Daniel Hjorth Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Robin Holt University of Bristol, UK
Frank den Hond Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Renate E. Meyer WU Vienna, Austria
Trish Reay University of Alberta, Canada
Arndt Sorge WZB Berlin Social Research Center, Germany
Hari Tsoukas University of Cyprus, Cyprus
David C. Wilson The Open University, UK
Editorial Board
Samer Abdelnour University of Edinburgh Business School, UK
Stephen Ackroyd Lancaster University Management School, UK
Susan Ainsworth University of Melbourne, Australia
Ona Akemu University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ismael Al-Amoudi Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Cristina Alaimo Surrey Business School, UK
Rafael Alcadipani Sao Paolo School of Business Administration, Brazil
John Amis University of Edinburgh, UK
Lynne Andersson Fox Business School, Temple University, USA
Shaz Ansari University of Cambridge, UK
David Arellano Gault CIDE, Mexico
Diane-Laure Arjaliès Ivey Business School, Canada
Reinhard Bachmann SOAS, University of London, UK
René Bakker Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Julia Balogun University of Liverpool, UK
Subhabrata Banerjee Bayes Business School, UK
Hari Bapuji University of Melbourne
Marcos Barros Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Nikolaus Beck Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Rebecca Bednarek Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Emma Bell Open University, UK
Nicolas Bencherki Université Téluq, Canada
Ola Bergström Gothenburg University, Sweden
Ariane Berthoin-Antal WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Steffen Böhm University of Exeter Business School, UK
Kees Boersma VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mehdi Boussebaa University of Glasgow, UK
Eva Boxenbaum CBS, Denmark
Christof Brandtner EM Lyon, France
Anna Brattström Lund University, Sweden
Andrew Brown University of Bath, UK
Sean Buchanan University of Manitoba, Canada
Haldor Byrkjeflot University of Oslo, Norway
Giulia Cappellaro Bocconi University, Italy
Melodie Cartel UNSW Business School, Australia
Jean Clarke EMLyon, France
Stewart R Clegg The University of Sydney
Marco Clemente ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland
Alessia Contu UMass Boston, USA
François Cooren University of Montreal, Canada
Diego Coraiola University of Victoria, Canada
Joep Cornelissen Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Christine Coupland Loughborough University, UK
Brett Crawford Grand Valley State University, USA
Douglas Creed University of Rhode Island, USA
Grégoire Croidieu EM Lyon, France
Miguel Pina e Cunha Nova School of Business & Economics, Portugal
Luciana D’Adderio University of Edinburgh, UK
M. Tina Dacin Queen’s University, Canada
Maria Daskalaki Oxford Brookes University, UK
Frank de Bakker IÉSEG School of Management, France
Christian De Cock Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Stephanie Decker University of Birmingham, UK
Fleur Deken VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Rick Delbridge Cardiff Business School, UK
Giuseppe Delmestri WU Vienna, Austria
Penny Dick University of Sheffield, UK
Stanislav D Dobrev University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Leonhard Dobusch University of Innsbruck, Austria
Gili S. Drori Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Paul du Gay Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Mark Ebers University of Cologne, Germany
Tim Edwards Cardiff Business School, UK
Micki Eisenman Hebrew University Business School, Israel
Laura Empson Bayes Business School, UK
Nada Endrissat Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Martha Feldman University of California, Irvine, USA
Fabrizio Ferraro IESE Business School, Spain
Simone Ferriani Università di Bologna, Italy
Peer Fiss USC Marshall School of Business, USA
Denise Fletcher Luxembourg University, Luxembourg
Jackie Ford Durham University Business School, UK
William Foster University of Alberta, Canada
Henrika Franck Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Michal Frenkel Hebrew University-Jerusalem, Israel
Suzanne Gagnon University of Manitoba, Canada
Raghu Garud Penn State Smeal College of Business, USA
Joel Gehman George Washington University, USA
Daniel Geiger University of Hamburg, Germany
Susi Geiger University College Dublin, Ireland
Mike Geppert Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Elena Giovannoni Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Jean-Pascal Gond Bayes Business School, UK
David Grant Griffith University, Australia
Royston Greenwood University of Alberta, Canada
Chris Grey Royal Holloway University London, UK
Peter Groenewegen VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ali Aslan Gümüsay LMU Munich, Germany
Patrick Haack University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Tobias Hahn ESADE, Spain
Markus Hällgren Umeå University, Sweden
Timothy Hannigan University of Alberta, Canada
Tor Hernes Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Stefan Heusinkveld Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ha Hoang ESSEC Business School, France
Markus Höllerer UNSW Sydney, Australia & WU Vienna, Austria
Jasper Hotho Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Isabelle Huault Université de Paris Dauphine, France
Christian Huber Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Gazi Islam Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Michal Izak University of Chester, UK
Lee Jarvis IÉSEG School of Management, France
Paula Jarzabkowski Bayes Business School, UK
Tommy Jensen Stockholm University, Sweden
Candace Jones University of Edinburgh Business School, UK
Matthew Jones University of Cambridge, UK
Jannis Kallinikos Luiss University, Italy and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK
Dan Kärreman Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Kate Kenny Queens University, Belfast, UK
Daniel King Nottingham Trent University, UK
Janina Klein VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
Farah Kodeih IÉSEG School of Management, France
Ari Kuismin University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Alice Lam Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Christopher Land Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Mark Learmonth Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
Bernard Leca ESSEC Business School, France
Lianne Lefsrud University of Alberta, Canada
Stephan Leixnering WU Vienna, Austria
Yuan Li Saint Mary’s College of California, USA
Dirk Lindebaum Grenoble School of Management, France
Stephen Linstead University of York, UK
Nick Llewellyn Warwick Business School, UK
Danielle Logue UNSW Sydney, Australia
Jaco Lok Macquarie University, Australia
Elizabeth Long Lingo WPI, USA
Philippe Lorino ESSEC Business School, France
Michael Lounsbury University of Alberta, Canada
Mairi Maclean University of Bath, UK
Johanna Mair Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Oliver Mallett University of Stirling, School of Management, UK
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Vincent Mangematin Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Stephan Manning University of Sussex, UK
Saku Mantere McGill University, Canada
Massimo Maoret IESE Business School, Spain
Emilio Marti Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Felipe G. Massa University of Vermont, USA
Wolfgang Mayrhofer WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Darren McCabe University of Lancaster, UK
Gerry McGivern King's College London, UK
William McKinley Southern Illinois University, USA
Sébastien Mena Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Joeri Mol University of Melbourne, Australia
Guido Möllering Universitat Witten/Herdecke, Germany
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Christine Moser Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Iain Munro Newcastle University, UK
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Giacomo Negro Emory University, USA
Amit Nigam Bayes Business School, UK
Niels Noorderhaven Tilburg University, Netherlands
Daniel Nyberg University of Queensland, Australia
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  • Please read the guidelines below carefully before visiting Organization StudiesScholarOne submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/orgstudies to upload your manuscript. In addition, we ask you to have a close look into our and Sage’s general Editorial and Publishing Policies that are to be found here. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines and policies may be returned.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
    2. Preparing your manuscript
      2.1 Title, Keywords, and Abstract
      2.2 Manuscript formatting
      2.3 Reference style
    3. Submitting a manuscript
    4. After acceptance
      4.1 Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM)
      4.2 Online First publication
    5. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Organization Studies (OS) is a highly ranked and globally respected, multidisciplinary journal with over 40 years history of publishing excellent organization research. OS aims at advancing our knowledge of organizations, organizing, the organized, the disorganized and the unsettled. It is broadly rooted in the social sciences and promotes an understanding of these phenomena as shaping, and shaped by, the societies of which they are part.

    OS welcomes innovative, high-quality research from all paradigms and disciplines that advance organization research; it invites all social science methodologies and methods, and encourages studies that reflect on the broader implications of their results.

    Before submitting your manuscript to OS, please ensure you have read our Aims & Scope. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the OS aims and scope will be reviewed.

    1.2 Article Types

    OS welcomes the following types of submissions:

    (a) empirical or conceptual ‘Research articles’;
    (b) shorter, essay-style ‘X and Organization Studies’;
    (c) ‘Perspectives articles’ that serve as introductions to Virtual Special Issues;
    (d) ‘Method/ology articles;
    (e) ‘Agora’ opinion pieces, and
    (f) ‘Media reviews’.

    Empirical or conceptual papers, 'X and Organization Studies,' "Perspective articles' and Method/ology article are all peer-reviewed and benefit from our rigorous and developmental review process

    Empirical or conceptual research articles

    We welcome empirical and conceptual research articles. Manuscripts must be original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere). The maximum length of submitted manuscripts is 13,000 words (including references and appendices).

    ‘X and Organization Studies’ essays

    ‘X and OS’ are essay-style articles that draw attention to unexplored, unthought, or marginalized topics in order to revitalize research and inspire the field of organization studies more broadly. Articles in this section will have to contribute to both the ‘X’ and the ‘OS’. ‘X and OS’ are written prior to when a full empirical or conceptual research article can address a topic, but also, importantly, they accomplish their objective in the style of an essay (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here). The maximum length of X and OS essays is 7.500 words (including references). Authors are asked to discuss preliminary ideas with the Editors-in-Chief. After initial green light from the EiC, developed manuscripts will go through a regular peer review process."

    Perspectives articles

    Perspectives articles are introductions to Virtual Special Issues, which cover a set of articles (five to six) previously published in Organization Studies. Perspectives pieces provide a focused overview of the evolution of a topic over time, the contribution of selected prior articles to the development and ongoing debate, and, most importantly, raise concerns about missing insights and knowledge, in order to outline fruitful avenues for future research. The Perspectives article is published in a regular OS issue, and also published online together with the previously published OS articles as part of a Virtual Special Issue. Interested authors should discuss their ideas with the Editors-in-Chief. The maximum length of a Perspectives article is 13,000 words (including references). Previous Virtual Special Issues can be found here. After initial green light from the EiC, developed manuscripts will go through a regular peer review process.

    Method/ology articles

    Method/ology articles address questions of methodology and method broadly (including philosophy of science, ontology, epistemology, study design, novel analytical methods, and writing). Method/ology articles should situate themselves firmly within organization studies and tackle issues or problems directly related to the “doing” of organization studies research. They must address topics of interest to readers of OS and make clear the connection to research conducted in OS. The maximum length for Method/ology articles is 13.000 words (including references).

    Agora

    In line with the idea of knowledge emerging from gathering together in spaces like assemblies and squares, OS publishes short opinion pieces in the form of single contributions or as dialogues in essay style (all in all no longer than 2,000 words including references). In the Agora, we deal with the big issues of our times and their organizational dimensions. With this format, we wish to offer a forum for debating contemporary matters of academic interest to the readers of Organization Studies, in the hope that this triggers discussion or sets off reflections that lead to empirical studies and theorizing. Agora pieces are single-authored: (please see here for our expectations concerning this article type; recent examples can be found here. Those interested in contributing to the Agora section should contact the Editors-in-Chief in advance, briefly sketching the issue and their personal views, the organizational relevance, why the issue deserves sparking an urgent debate, and the kind of research required.

    Authors who have published an Agora piece, cannot resubmit for the three years following the date of acceptance of their published Agora. This is to guarantee variety and fairness in access to this section of the Journal.

    Media Reviews

    Books are and remain at the heart and centre of scholarly formats. However, in order to account for the relevance of and inspiration from other forms of media in the process of defining, producing, and diffusing knowledge, we have broadened the scope of reviews and OS now offers a Media Reviews section. Proposals should be directed towards our Media Review Editors (email: orgstudiesmre@gmail.com).

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    2. Preparing your manuscript

    2.1 Title, Keywords, and Abstract

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online. Submissions of articles and essays should be accompanied by

    • an informative abstract of 300 words (maximum): Good abstracts describe the material presented in the paper, including the question or focus, the type of study reported (e.g., conceptual, empirical, qualitative, field, network study, etc.), the context, the main data source, and the most significant findings and contributions. The better your abstract, the easier it is for others to identify, read, and build upon your work;
    • 5 to 7 keywords: Four keywords must be selected from the OS ScholarOne keyword list, the remaining keywords may be freely chosen.

    Authors should explain any background information about the submission that the acting editor should be aware of in a cover letter (see also under 3. Submitting a manuscript).

    2.2 Manuscript formatting

    Manuscripts submitted to OS must be in an editable (e.g. Word) format, we do not accept manuscripts as PDF file.

    Organize the manuscript by using primary, secondary, and tertiary headings, rather than numbered headings (see recent OS issues for examples).

    Within the manuscript, text should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Tables may be single-spaced and in smaller fonts.

    When submitting a paper and during the review process, tables and figures should be inserted in the text to facilitate reading of the manuscript. Ensure that figures and tables are inserted in editable formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Before acceptance, you will have to upload all tables and figures in separate files. 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.

    2.3 Reference style

    References to articles, books, and other source works cited in the text and listed in the references section should follow the OS Style and Reference Guide (see here for details).

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    3. Submitting a manuscript

    Authors should not re-submit a manuscript that OS has rejected at an earlier time, unless they are doing so at the explicit invitation of one of the editors.

    Ordinarily, the editors will only consider up to a maximum of three submissions at a time from an author (regardless of single- or co-author status). Should an author believe there are exceptional circumstances to consider when it comes to this policy, we ask the author to contact us for a consultation.

    OS is hosted on Sage track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne. Authors need to submit their manuscripts (in editable format) to the OS ScholarOne submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/orgstudies

    On the site, you will be asked to upload a title page, with contact information for all authors. Please include acknowledgements and funding information on the title page.

    Please also make sure that you answer all the manuscript- and author-related questions in the system, and that all authors’ names are entered into the manuscript submission form.

    Every submission must name a corresponding author who will be involved in all correspondence regarding the manuscript. Provide full contact details for the corresponding author on the OS ScholarOne site. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    Please add an author biography of no more than 100 words on each author’s personal history and current interests (1st step of your submission under the header “Type, Title, & Abstract”).

    When authors submit a manuscript for consideration, they must certify that the manuscript is not at the same time under review for publication in another outlet (e.g., book chapter, journal) nor that it, or a closely related version of the manuscript, has previously been published in another outlet.

    Please indicate in your cover letter people who have already viewed the paper, members of thesis committees and colleagues who would have a conflict of interest in reviewing the paper, and any other circumstances that might affect the integrity of the anonymize review process. It is not useful to include a description or summary of the paper in the cover letter. Use the cover letter to tell the editor whether any of the data in a submitted manuscript have been published elsewhere or are used in manuscripts under review in other outlets and how the submitted manuscript differs. (Please see our Editorial and Publishing Policies for further information.)

    Authors should prepare their manuscripts in such a way that they cannot be identified. To preserve anonymity in the anonymize review process, authors should avoid revealing their identity in text through obvious and/or multiple self-references to previous work or in footnotes. If authors cite their own published work or work in progress, however, these references must be included in the references with full bibliographic information. Authors should reference their own work as they would the work of any other scholar. Reviewers will ask what the contribution of a manuscript is above what has already been published and must have this information.

    Any acknowledgements and funding information should be provided in the respective fields on the OS ScholarOne site and on the title page, but not in the main text of the manuscript. (In manuscripts accepted for OS publication any acknowledgements will appear at the end of the article prior to the Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and the References).

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, pictures, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

    For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Journal Permission Guidelines. More information is also available on the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    4. After acceptance

    4.1 Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM)

    OS makes accepted manuscripts available to subscribers online as rapidly as possible. Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM) are the final author-created accepted version before they have gone through Sage’s copy editing, formatting and proofing process. Author Accepted Manuscripts are posted online in PDF format and clearly identified as unedited manuscript by the bar “Author Accepted” across the pages. Authors can correct last minor errors within their article when reviewing proofs during the copy-editing process but no changes can be made to the AAM PDF.

    AAMs can be cited by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Once the manuscript has gone through copy-editing, typesetting, and review of the resulting proof, the AAM is replaced by the OnlineFirst version. All versions of the article have the same DOI as the Author Accepted Manuscript.

    To view the list of AAMs, visit the journal’s homepage and click on the Accepted Manuscripts link at the top of the page (see landing page here).

    4.2 Online First publication

    OS benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through Sage’s electronic journal platform, Sage Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information, please visit the Sage OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    5. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Sophia Tzagaraki, Managing Editor
    E-mail: osofficer@gmail.com

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