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SAGE Open

SAGE Open is an open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. SAGE Open seeks to be the world's premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, it evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open's interactive comments feature and article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.

As of September 1, 2014, SAGE Open requires authors to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $195 for publication. The APC is payable upon acceptance.

For general information on Open Access at SAGE and Open Access FAQs, please visit this page.

Manuscript Submission

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below.

SAGE Open receives manuscript submissions online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts™. Authors should register for an account at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen, where they will create a login ID and password. SAGE Track will serve as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically, and it will function as the platform for the review process.

Peer Review

Each article undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review process, in which the reviewer and author’s names and information is withheld from the other. The approach of SAGE Open's peer review process, however, differs from that of traditional journals. Rather than assessing the relative 'importance' of a given article to its respective field, peer review will instead focus solely on determining the quality of research methodology, that is, determining whether the research was conducted properly, the discussion accurately summarizes the research, and the conclusion follows logically from the research. Readers and the academic community at large will then have the power to continue the peer review process after online publication, helping to determine the significance of each article through the ability to share a discuss articles freely and through article-level usage metrics.

Manuscript Preparation
Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and may present original research or literature reviews. The word count (which includes all text including the abstract, manuscript, notes, tables, figures, etc.) should appear on the title page.

Manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words, and, beneath the abstract, 4-5 keywords. All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Journal policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for consideration by another journal and does not allow publication of a manuscript that has been published in whole or in part by another journal.

Any inquiries regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the editorial office at sageopen@sagepub.com.

Publication Fee
SAGE Open accomplishes global open access by using a business model in which its expenses are recovered by an author publication fee charged after acceptance. As of September 1, 2014, the fee currently stands at the rate of $195 for each published article. Authors who do not have the means to cover the publication fee may request a waiver after acceptance.

Contributor’s Publishing Agreement
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE Open publishes manuscripts under a Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

SAGE Open and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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