Manuscripts/Papers: Guidelines for Submission

Organization Studies is hosted on SAGE track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below, and then simply visit to log in and submit your article online.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office:

Sophia Tzagaraki, Managing Editor,

1. Peer Review Policy

Organization Studies is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.

2. Article Types

Papers should not exceed 11,000 words (inc. references), although in some cases, involving mainly the reporting of qualitative data, longer versions may be accepted.

Manuscripts original in style and content (not under review, accepted and/or published elsewhere), are welcome.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by biographies of no more than 100 words on each author's personal history and current interests, by an abstract of the article, and by four or five key words or phrases. 

3. How to Submit your Manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.


Organization Studies is hosted on SAGE track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to log in and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year, it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.


All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Editorial Office: Sophia Tzagaraki, Managing Editor, osofficer@gmail.

4. Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Organization Studies and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal.

Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software.

Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.


SAGE choice and open access

If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in "SAGE Choice", subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged.

On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice.

To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice.


For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access), please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

5. Declaration of Conflicting Interests

Within your journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Organization Studies does not require a declaration of conflicting interests, but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

6. Other Conventions

Tables and figures should be on separate pages (at the end of the paper), and a note should be placed in the text to indicate their approximate position, e.g. Table X about here. All tables, figures, plates, etc., should be numbered separately: Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. and Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Figures should be suitable for direct reproduction in black and white. Please keep tints to a minimum.

7. Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your references.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an 'Acknowledgements' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.


Funding acknowledgement

To comply with the guidance for research funders, authors and publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Organization Studies additionally requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

8. Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

9. Manuscript Style


9.1 File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Each submission should be made in a Microsoft Word file and a PDF file (the latter must be anonymized). However, for authors who are not able to send a PDF file a Microsoft Word file is acceptable.


9.2 Journal style

Organization Studies conforms to the SAGE house style.

Plese click here to view the guidelines on SAGE UK Style Guide.


9.3 Reference style

Organization Studies adheres to the APA reference style.

Please click here to view the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.


9.4 Manuscript preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3 cm for left & right hand margins and 5 cm at head & foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

  • Title, keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online: The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
  • Corresponding author contact details: Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
  • Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics: For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines. – Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
  • Guidelines for submitting supplemental files: Organization Studies does currently not accept any supplemental files.
  • English language editing services: Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Please visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

10. After acceptance


10.1 Proofs

We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.


10.2 E-prints

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information, please visit


10.3 SAGE production

At SAGE, we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Organization Studies with SAGE.


10.4 Online first publication

A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication.

For more information, please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.