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On Acceptance and Publication

The Sage production process

  • Communication: We are conscious of, and understand, how keen authors are to see their work published. Sage Production Editors maintain regular communication with journal editors and authors throughout the production process.
  • Proofs: We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Please return corrected proofs as soon as possible, or by the deadline requested, so as not to delay the publication process. The corresponding author is responsible for sending the production team one set of proof corrections. When the corresponding author sends in their corrections we will assume this is the definitive version and that if any of the co-authors needed to see the first proof, that the corresponding author would have arranged this and obtained their edits.
  • E-Prints and Complimentary Copies: Sage supports a range of author benefit policies with respect to providing authors with a final PDF of their article and opportunities to purchase offprints. E-prints are sent out automatically to the corresponding authors of articles published ahead of print and in print issues. A link is provided allowing the author to download the article directly from the Sage website and forward the link onto their co-authors. Please refer to the manuscript submission guidelines for the policy of the journal in which you are interested in publishing your article: View all of our journals hereIf you are interested in ordering a print copy of a journal issue, see this page.
  • Sage Production: At Sage we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest possible production standards. We attach a great deal of importance to our quality service levels in production and publication. We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing with Sage.  Do take the time to complete this as we are responsive to your comments, and they are valued highly by our journal editors.
  • Open access continuous publication: Many open access journals operate on a continuous publication model where articles are posted online as soon as they have completed the production process in a fully citable form. At this time articles are free to view and download for all. As there are no issues to fill and no page count contrainsts, the time to publication is often quick. Check the 'Latest Articles' tab on the journal website for the latest published content. Articles are batched periodically (every month, quarter or year), and are then available on the 'Archive' tab on the journal website.
  • OnlineFirst publication: Many Sage journals benefit 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 published online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue. This significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please see our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.
  • Promoting your article: If you think your article may be suitable for promotion, please flag this to the journal editor or your production contact at Sage as early as possible in the publishing process. We have a variety of different promotional channels at our disposal to ensure your article reaches the widest possible audience. See Promote Your Article for more information.

For general author queries, please visit the Journals Solutions portal which contains answers to common questions.

For production-related questions specific to your article, email