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Once the final ms has been put into a format that corresponds to the requirements of this Author Guide, it should be sent to the Editor.  If the article has been shepherded by another Editor (such as Business or RTUG), send the article to both Editors.

Author agreement

When you send the final version of your article, also send the author agreement form to the publisher.  Make sure that you send this; no article will be published without this.

Publish Ahead of Print = SAGE OnlineFirst

Publish Ahead of Print (P>P; to be called SAGE OnlineFirst) for S&G.  This feature will allow articles to be published online before they appear in print (once an article is assigned to a print issue, it comes off the P>P site).

The SAGE OnlineFirst is a feature offered on the homepage of S&G through SAGE Journals Online.  It allows final articles (completed articles in queue for assignement to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final S&G print and online issue.  This feature is commonly referred to as “publish ahead of print”, “publish before print” or “continuous publishing”.

This is helpful for authors whose articles have been accepted, but who may have to wait many months for them to appear in print in the normal course of a journal’s publication schedule.  Authors can claim the articles as “published” on their CVs for tenure review purposes.

P>P articles each have unique DOIs, thus the articles are cite-able and searchable through ISI, PubMed, Medline and other abstracting and indexing services.

P>P for S&G will also provide a competitive advantage over other journals that do not have this feature, or help S&G maintain its competitiveness with other journals that do. As you can see, we are very excited to be able to offer this feature for S&G.


SAGE OnlineFirst provides clear benefits to all researchers and users of S&G’s online content.  The feature allows subscribers and members the ability to access the very latest articles in the field.  Authors also benefit from greatly reduced lead times between submission and publication of articles.  Without OnlineFirst, an author's work would only appear online once a “finalized” S&G issue was sent to print.

However, with OnlineFirst, S&G manuscripts can appear online while other articles are being completed for an upcoming issue.  An author’s research will therefore reach its audience more quickly, enabling an article to receive greater usage and exposure, including earlier citation opportunities by related work.

Each OnlineFirst S&G manuscript is citable, the official publication date being the date of the manuscript's first online posting.  In place of page numbers, which are assigned along with the final issue, OnlineFirst articles are assigned DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers), from the DOI Foundation (  DOIs provide a persistent, permanent way to identify manuscripts published in the online environment, even after they are assigned to a print issue and given an actual volume, issue,  and first page number.  Each article DOI is registered with CrossRef (, allowing permanent resolution to each article and giving publishers the ability to link their references to S&G articles whenever they are cited.

Once a S&G OnlineFirst article is assigned to its final issue and given its bibliographic data, such as volume, issue, and first page number, the hosting of the article online transitions from the OnlineFirst listing to that of the completed issue.  In other words, users will be able to locate the article via S&G’s main archive page or the current issue link rather than the OnlineFirst page.  Citations using either the DOI or the bibliographic data will both resolve to the final article.  The publish-ahead-of-print version of the article will remain available but as a version to the final article.  The primary, completed article will be the prominent article found when linking into the DOI or article URL.

Please visit to view all S&G OnlineFirst article postings.  Readers and authors alike are encouraged to sign up for S&G’s OnlineFirst email alert option, ensuring immediate notification each time an article is published online first.  Email alerts are also available for ongoing S&G tables of contents and for alerts by author name and keyword.  Visit and sign up today.