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Open access and publishing fees

Sage supports a range of publishing options. Find out more about the available options on the Sage website.  

There are no fees to pay if you are submitting or publishing in a ‘hybrid’ journal (predominantly subscription-based).  

If you have color figures these will be published in color in the online version of the journal at no cost. If you wish to have color figures in the printed version, a fee will apply: see the journal’s submission guidelines for details. 

If you are publishing in a Gold Open Access journal, your chosen journal’s submission guidelines will detail what fees are payable. The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested.  Please see further details on tax-exempt status here.   

Authors may be eligible for discounts to their APC via open access agreements that Sage has with participating institutions. Discounts depend on the terms of the agreement, find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. Eligibility is determined by the corresponding author’s affiliation at acceptance matching an agreement.    

Your article may be eligible for a full or partial waiver due to our participation in initiatives to increase accessibility to publication across the international academic community. More information about discounts and eligibility

Optional open access publishing in our hybrid journals is available for a fee via the Sage Choice program, and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. Open Access agreement eligibility is determined by the corresponding author’s affiliation matching an agreement at acceptance.  

For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.