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Peer Reviewers

To maintain the integrity of peer review SAGE has strict disqualification rules for peer reviewers who are in conflicts of interest or are unqualified to undertake a review.  If you have been asked to peer review a paper you must ensure that you comply with these rules.

SAGE recommends that reviewers should think carefully about their own potential conflicts of interest relating to the paper before undertaking the review. You may not undertake a peer review if you are unable to do so objectively.   If you have agreed to review a paper and subsequently identify a potential conflict of interest, inform peerreviewsupport@sagepub.com immediately and do not continue your review.  Reviewers in a conflict of interest may not suggest alternative reviewers.

Reviewers should also notify peerreviewsupport@sagepub.com if the become aware of the identity of the author during blind peer review. 

You are deemed to be in a conflict of interest and therefore disqualified from undertaking a peer review if you have, or have had in the past twenty-four months, any commercial associations or financial interests which may be construed as posing a conflict of interest, including but not limited to consultancies, employment, expert testimony, honoraria, retainers, stock holdings or options, and memberships on boards of for-profit organizations with a financial interest in the work under review.

Additionally, reviewers should be careful not to make judgements about the paper based on personal, financial, intellectual biases or any other considerations than the quality of the research and written presentation of the paper.

You are deemed to be in a conflict of interest and therefore disqualified from undertaking a peer review if:

1. You have worked at the same institution at any time in the past twenty-four months as an author of the paper under review.

2. You have co-authored a paper, chapter, monograph, abstract or poster with an author of the paper in the past forty-eight months.

You are deemed to be in a conflict of interest and therefore disqualified from undertaking a peer review if:

1. You have a personal social association with an author of the paper under review.

2. You are a family member of any of the authors of the paper under review.

You are disqualified from undertaking a peer review if:

1. You have ever been subject to a professional disciplinary hearing.You are not currently working in the field of the paper under review.

2. You are a member of any journal's editorial board that any of the authors of the paper under review are also members of, or have been in the previous 12 months.

3. You are the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor of the journal to which the paper under review has been submitted.

Full guidelines for peer reviewers can be found on the COPE website.  

SAGE Publishing Policies – click the link for more information about SAGE’s Conflict of Interest Policy, Funding Acknowledgements policy and other publishing policies.

Find out more information about SAGE’s Ethics and Responsibility policies.

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