Manuscript Submission Guidelines  Journal Author Gateway

Pre-submission: helping readers find your article

Before you submit your manuscript, go back and review your title, keywords and abstract. These elements are key to ensuring that readers will be able to find your article online through online search engines such as Google. More information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords can be found here: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

One simple thing you can do to improve your article’s visibility and ensure proper indexing and cross-linking is to provide full names for all authors. Please ensure that first names and surnames are correctly spelled and presented in a manner consistent with previous publications. Refer to our guidelines, prepared in consultation with Google Scholar, for more information.


Submitting your article

Each SAGE journal has its own Editorial office and its own instructions for authors. To submit your article, go to the list of SAGE journals, select the one you wish to submit to, click on the Instructions for authors to get details on how to submit your article.


Submitting your article via SAGE Track

Many SAGE journals use SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please check your chosen journal’s individual submission guidelines to see if it is hosted on SAGE Track.

Important note: If you are submitting to your journal via SAGE Track, please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

When submitting your manuscript you may have the opportunity to suggest recommended and/or opposed reviewers. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript.

Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

•    The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
•    The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
•    Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editors are not obligated to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript


Formatting your article

Please refer to the submission guidelines specific to your chosen journal.

When formatting your references, please ensure you check the reference style followed by your chosen journal. Here are quick links to the SAGE Harvard reference style, the SAGE Vancouver reference style and the APA reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file here and the SAGE Vancouver output file here.

Artwork guidelines

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

    • Format: TIFF, JPEG, PDF: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs).
      EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
      MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also accepted

    • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
      Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")

    • Artwork GuidelinesResolution: Bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a resolution of 600 dpi.

    • Format: TIFF, EPS or PDF. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also accepted provided they meet certain conditions. For more information, see below. 

    • Colour: Please note that images supplied in colour will be published in colour online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using colour with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating colour.

    • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination

    • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

Supplemental files

Selected journals are able to support supplemental files. Please check the submission guidelines for the relevant journal if you would like to submit supplemental material. Please refer to the following document for general guidance: Supplemental data on SJ - Guidelines for Authors


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.