What’s the difference between submitted articles, accepted articles, and final published articles?

Modified on Tue, 27 Jun 2023 at 12:09 AM

An original submission article is the article version submitted by the author before peer review. You are the owner of this version of the article.


However, please note that even though you own the article, it is Sage’s policy not to submit it to more than one journal at a time. You should also note that if you post it on the internet with your name before or during peer review, reviewers may be able to identify you, undermining the integrity of a double-anonymized review process.


An accepted article is the version updated to include the author’s revisions after peer review, before any typesetting or light corrections completed by Production for the journal. This is often the version accepted by the editor.


You may share the accepted version of the manuscript in any format without embargo after acceptance. This is in line with SAGE’s Green Open Access Policy. You can find more information on this here.


The final published article is the copy-edited and typeset Publisher’s PDF, the same version published on the journal’s website. With a few exceptions that can be found here or in the case of gold or hybrid open access, the article is behind a paywall, and the copyright is owned by the publisher. The publisher owns the copyright.

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