Sage Open's goal is to publish research done well. This means we look for research that contributes to the academic record in a way that allows other scholars to connect that research to their own and build on it. We are less concerned with the size of the contribution an article makes than we are with the quality of that contribution.


For all submissions, we expect strong ties to relevant and recent research. Promising submissions tend to have at least 10-15 references. We look for a clear hypothesis, research question, or statement of purpose to serve as the focus of each article. All articles should have clear conclusions and specify the limitations and implications for future research.


To be published in Sage Open, articles must pass double-anonymized peer review. Research on sensitive topics often undergoes additional review by our Section Editors and Editorial Board.


For more information about our bar for publication, please see our in-depth Author Guidelines: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/sgo/help/authorguide