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Open Access Introduction for Authors

Publishing open access means your research can be read and shared by all, without paywall barriers, and presents an excellent opportunity for your work to reach a wider audience.

To help you decide if open access is for you, and what to do next, we’ve put together a quick introduction based on the questions authors ask us. Discover the specialist author support provided to Sage authors, encompassing collaborative efforts to enhance research quality and maximize your impact post-publication.

Learn more about OA at your leisure or click the relevant subsection below to discover more about a specific topic:


Build a foundation of open access knowledge and discover how publishing OA benefits you as the author.

What is open access?

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Why publish open access?

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What are cOAlition S and Plan S?

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Publishing Options

Take control of your publishing journey and decide which route best suits you.

What publishing options are there for Sage authors?

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What license types are available?

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Peer Review

Discover how we maintain high academic standards through our open access peer review process.

How are open access articles reviewed?

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Paying to Publish Open Access

You’ve decided to publish open access! But what are the next steps to pay for publication?

What is an article processing charge (APC)?

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How do I get funding to publish my article open access?

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How can my institution cover my APC costs?

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How do I know if my institution has an agreement with Sage?

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How do I submit?

Now that you’ve made the informed decision to publish open access, your next step is to submit.

How do I use the Sage Open Access Portal?

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Predatory Journals

As an author, it’s important to be wary of predatory journals. Equip yourself with the tools to avoid them.

What are predatory journals and how do I avoid them?

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Discover how you can take advantage of the extra promotional opportunities available to you as an open access author.

How can I promote my open access content?

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