You believe your research will make a contribution to your field, and you’re ready to share it with your peers far and wide, but how do you go about getting it published, and what exactly does that involve?
If this is you, this page is a great place to start. Here you’ll find guidance to taking those first steps towards publication with confidence. From what to consider when choosing a journal, to how to submit an article and what happens next.
Choosing the right journal for you
Submitting your article to a SAGE journal
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Our handy guide is a quick overview covering the publishing process from preparing your article and choosing a journal, to publication (5 minute read).
Free 1 hour monthly How to Get Published webinars cover topics including writing an article, navigating the peer review process, and what exactly it means when you hear “open access.” Join fellow researchers and expert speakers live, or watch our library of recordings on a variety of topics.
Looking for tips on how to make sure your article goes smoothly through the peer review process, or how to write the right title for your article?
Want something a bit more in-depth? SAGE Campus courses are short and interactive (around 2 hours each) and cover a range of skills, including how to get published. Your library may already subscribe to the modules, or you may want to recommend that they do. Meanwhile, you can utilize the free modules.
Each journal has its own Aims & Scope, so the acceptance of articles is not just about quality, but also about being a good fit. Does your work reflect the scope of the Journal? Is Open Access important to you, and does the Journal have an Open Access model available? What is the readership of the Journal, and is that readership the right audience for your work? Researching the best match for your manuscript will significantly improve your chances of being accepted.
If you already know in which SAGE journal you’d like to publish your work, search for it and check the manuscript submission guidelines to make sure it is a good match. Or use the SAGE Journal Recommender to tell us your article title and subjects and see which journals are a potential home for your manuscript. Be prepared to adjust your manuscript to match the scope and style of the desired journal.
Find journals with the SAGE Journal Recommender or browse all SAGE journals
Professional presentation of your work includes a precise and clear writing style, avoiding accidental plagiarism, and formatting your article to meet the criteria of your chosen journal. All of these take time and may not be skills inherent to your field of research. SAGE Author Services can help you to prepare your manuscript to comply with these and other related standards, which could significantly improve your chance of acceptance.
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You’ve identified the right journal; now you need to make sure your manuscript is the perfect fit. Following the author guidelines can be the difference between possible acceptance and rejection, so it’s definitely worth following the required guidelines. We’ve a selection of resources and guides to help:
Watch How to Get Published: Submitting Your Paper (2 minute video)
Read our Article Submission infographic, a quick reminder of essentials
Here you’ll find chapter and verse on all aspects of our Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Ready to submit? Our online Submission Checklist will help you do a final check before sending your article to us.
Each journal retains editorial independence, which means their Guidelines will vary, so do go to the home page of your chosen journal to check anything you should be aware of. You can submit your article there too.
The academic world is crowded, how can you make your article stand out? If you are active on social media platforms, telling your followers about your article is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do.
Between us, we can improve the chances of your article being found, read, downloaded and cited – of your article and you making an impact. Our tips and guidance will show you how to promote your article alongside building your academic profile.
Read our tips on how to maximize your impact