Manuscript Preparation & Submission

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Follow these steps to prepare and submit your paper. Before starting, consider using our optional manuscript template. If English is not your native language, we recommend having your paper proof-read before submission. We offer a professional English editing service. We do not accept recommendations of peer reviewers by authors. In your cover letter, specify any competing peer reviewers that should be excluded, such as those that have prior knowledge of your submission or assisted in the preparation of the manuscript.

Standard services provided to authors are described here.

SAGE is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. SAGE recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

1. Verify that your manuscript meets our simple presentation requirements and that references are formatted with AMA reference style.
2. Review the ethical and legal requirements. Verifying that you are in compliance with these requirements is in your interest.
3. SAGE is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows their best practice guidelines.
For authors submitting to medical journals, SAGE recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
4. Select a journal, referring to the its ‘About' page for information on its aims & scope and applicable article processing charge (APC). You will be asked to confirm your awareness of the fee during the submission process. Other queries may be sent to
5. Submit your paper to our online editorial management system following the instructions given below.


To submit your manuscript, follow the steps below. Please be sure to view our simple presentation requirements and ensure that references are formatted with AMA reference style. You may find it useful to keep this page open during the submission process. To do this, click here to start the submission process on a new web browser window. 


As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don't already have one you can create one here.

Instructions for submission

1. On the first screen, provide your name and full contact details including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. You must also include your academic affiliations. Complete the anti-spam code and then click the orange button to continue.
2. On the second screen, provide details on your paper. Choose the journal you wish to submit your paper to and enter the title and abstract. Click the orange button to continue to the next screen.
3. Upload your manuscript and any associated files. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant). Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway. Verify that you have read our terms and conditions: these contain important points that you must be aware of. Click the orange button again.
4. Your submission is now complete. You will receive an email immediately confirming that our manuscript submission system has received your submission. Please take care to read this email fully. Completion of manuscript submission does not guarantee acceptance for peer review.
Information on manuscript processing following submission is available here.
5. Following submission, you will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript.


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