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Publishing Quality Content

How to Attract and Publish High Quality Content

Below are some ideas on encouraging submissions to your journal which you may like to discuss with your SAGE editor.

  • Make use of your Editorial Board: Editorial board members should be encouraged to contribute articles to the journal, either by submitting their own work (subject to rigorous peer-review) or soliciting articles from their colleagues. See our guide on Making the Most of Your Editorial Board.
  • Appoint a Reviews Editor: Review papers often attract more citations than regular articles. If appropriate, consider appointing a dedicated Reviews Editor to solicit review articles for the journal.
  • Special Issues: Special issues on hot topics can attract new authors and readers and are an opportunity to invite prominent scholars in the field to guest edit. We give some guidance on publishing special issues here.
  • Conferences: Conferences can generate ideas for articles and provide networking opportunities in order to expand your base of reviewers and contributors. Consider running a writing workshop at a suitable conference, or arranging a ‘meet the editor’ session. These can be good ways of introducing yourself and your journal to a new audience or to young scholars.

    Please note that we cannot accept material that has already been published; any article submitted to the journal should be substantially different from the version published in the conference proceedings. 

  • Providing excellent author services: If the author of a submitted paper has a positive experience then they are much more likely to place a second paper in the journal. Timely responses to enquiries, quick review decisions and constructive feedback from reviewers can all contribute to a positive experience.

    You might like to let authors know if their article has been highly downloaded or cited and encourage them to submit other articles to the journal.

  • Is your Aims and Scope up to date? Review your Aims and Scope regularly to ensure that it accurately reflects what is currently being published in the journal. Ensure that your submission guidelines are clear and unambiguous. Also consider publishing your peer review policy on your journal website, if you do not already do so. This reassures potential authors that the journal employs a high degree of quality control.