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SAGE Open

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.

About SAGE Open
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.

Each article undergoes rigorous peer review; 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 SAGE Open's interactive comments feature and 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. The fee currently stands at the rate of $99 for each published article. Authors who do not have the means to cover the publication fee may request a waiver after acceptance.

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