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Peer Reviewers

I'm a volunteer peer reviewer.  How often will I be asked to peer review?

This is highly dependent on the volume of papers received by the journal and the size of the journal's peer reviewer pool and editorial board.  

If you're concerned that you haven't been asked to review for an extended period login to the Author Portal to ensure that your email address is up to date.  

I'm an Editorial Board Member.  How often will I be asked to peer review?

This is also dependent on the volume of papers received by the journal and the size of the journal's peer reviewer pool and editorial board.

For all journals (with the exception of Cancer Informatics or Evolutionary Bioinformatics ‘honorary’ members) Editorial Board Members were recruited on the basis that you would occasionally be sent peer review invitations unless you opt-out later.  If you're an Editorial Board Member of a journal and haven't received a peer review invitation for an extended period please login to My Author Portal to update your email address.

How do I undertake a peer review?

Visit the Guidance for Peer Reviewer pages to read more on this.

How do I know if I have a conflict of interest?

SAGE Publishing has rigorous conflict of interest rules which may be different to other journals you review for.  Visit the Conflicts of Interest and Disqualifications page to read more.

I have been asked to review an article, but I don’t have time, what do I do?

See the etiquette section of the Guidance for Peer Reviewers page.

I want to involve my junior colleague in my review of a paper. Is this allowed?

Yes, however, you should ensure that you obtain permission from the Editorial Office, who may consult with the Editor, prior to accepting the invitation to review. The names of everyone involved in doing the review should be submitted to the editor so that the journal records accurately reflect the review process that took place. Full guidelines for peer reviewers can be found on the Committee on Publication Ethics website here.

I have been asked to review an article, but I don’t understand the subject. What should I do?

See the etiquette section of the How to Review Articles section of this Reviewer Gateway.

What benefits do I receive from SAGE for reviewing papers?

Please see our Reviewer Rewards page.

How do I provide SAGE with feedback on my experience of reviewing for one of their journals?

SAGE has provided a reviewer feedback email address to allow you to give us your experience of reviewing with us to help us to improve our systems: journals@sagepub.com 

Can I edit or comment in the manuscript directly?

No.  You must provide a separate peer review report.  Edited or commented manuscripts will not be passed on to authors.

Should I list all grammar/style errors?

No.  If grammar or style errors exist state that they are present in your peer review report without individually itemizing them.

Who will see my peer review report?

SAGE scans peer review reports to ensure they contain no information which may allow the author to identify the peer reviewer.  We do not edit peer review reports and if reviewer identification  information is found the Editor in Chief or Associate Editor will be informed and the report will not be used.

Your report will be sent to the authors via email after an editorial decision is made by the Editor in Chief or Associate Editor.  Neither SAGE nor the Editor in Chief or Associate Editor can edit your report.  Your identity will not be disclosed to the authors.

Who makes editorial decisions?

This is strictly the responsibility of the Editorial decision-maker, usually the Editor in Chief, Associate Editor or Managing Editor.  If the Editor in Chief or Associate Editor are not available another Editorial Board Member or the Editorial decision-maker of a similar journal will be asked to make a decision.

How did you identify me as a reviewer?

Potential reviewers are generally drawn from the editorial board or volunteer peer reviewer pool for the journal, by order of preference.  Occasionally potential reviewers may also be identified by a PubMed search.  On no circumstances do we accept recommendations of reviewers from authors of a submission.

How do I contact the journal editor?

Contact the Editorial Office, who will have contacted you for the review, who will ensure that your query is directed to the appropriate person.

What should I do if I suspect an ethical problem with a manuscript I am reviewing?

SAGE recommends that if reviewers suspect any of the following problems with any article that they are reviewing that they contact the journal editor to discuss the situation without delay. Reviewers should keep all information about such matters confidential and not discuss them with colleagues other than the journal editor

- If you suspect that the paper has been either published or submitted to another journal.

- If you suspect that the paper is duplicating the work of others.

- If you suspect that there might be problems with the ethics of the research conducted.

- If you suspect that there might be an undeclared conflict of interest attached to the paper (editors might have more information about this than you do so it is best to check).

- If you notice that a paper contains inflammatory/defamatory statements.

Will I be asked to review the paper a second time?

You may.  This varies by journal based on the preferences of the Editor in Chief or Associate Editor in charge.

Will I be informed when the paper is accepted or published?

You will be informed when the paper is published but we generally do not inform reviewers when papers are accepted for publication.  Our research on peer reviewers' preferences has shown that most reviewers prefer to receive the former but not the latter. 

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