In an effort to better serve our researchers, librarians, and others in the academic community, SAGE believes clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized “Version of Record” establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. SAGE defines this Version of Record as the article paginated in a volume and issue or the initial article publication for open access journals (Open Access journals do not publish any additional versions such as paginated issue/volume versions).
Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published (including OnlineFirst publication), any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. SAGE provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication with the express goal of ensuring accuracy of the content. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change.
When an article is published OnlineFirst but not yet published in an issue, limited corrections may be made at the discretion of the journal and SAGE.
When an article is published in an issue (or an Open Access article is first published), it is considered the Version of Record and cannot be modified except where legally required. If a significant error is discovered, we will publish an erratum or corrigendum notice to alert all readers to the problem.