What is the SAGE Journals Blog?
SAGE Journals Blog is a research-focused blog highlighting topical and interesting journal research published by SAGE Journals. The blog includes recently published research across all subject disciplines and all SAGE journals.
How is an article selected for a SAGE Journals blog post?
Our 1000+ journals are continually publishing new, quality research that can be of wider interest to the public. Due to sheer volume, we are unable to create SAGE Journals blog posts for all articles. Instead, we select them based on the following criteria:
Topical / timely - relevant to current events
If the paper presents new, exciting, or significant findings
Papers that explain complex issues or ideas
Suggest your article
Why not suggest your article for a SAGE Journals Blog post? Simply follow the link below and complete the required information.
The audience for the SAGE Journals Blog is composed of mainly academics, researchers, graduate students, and librarians and, to a smaller extent, undergraduate students and practitioners.
Style and tone
The most successful blogs are those that have an easily accessible style – ones that can be read by academics and the person on the street alike. To ensure that the blog is as accessible as possible, we ask that contributors write in a way that would be easily understood by a lay audience, as well as an academic one, moving away from niche rhetoric and jargon.
Additionally, we encourage contributors to adopt a friendly and conversational tone in their posts. They should write as if conversing with an author, researcher, librarian, editor or society director, and should not fear letting their professional personality come through.
Since these posts are for a blog, and not an academic paper, please be sure to start with the most important point first, and not place it in the concluding paragraph. Keep in mind that, in the limited word count of a post, not everything can be covered so it’s often better to go deeper into one aspect of a subject than trying to be completely comprehensive.
Importantly, all posts should be written with the priorities of the reader in mind, offering useful information that can be taken away. Posts will not be successful if they are promotional in any way; they have to be of general interest to the reader and tie into the industry agenda and commentary.
The site also follows Journalistic writing conventions (AP Style). This includes spelling out acronyms and giving full names and affiliations for people on first reference. This also means that we try to write engagingly, using anecdotes and strong quotes from our subjects to make the posts interesting.
Length | Posts should be between 300 and 500 words long.
Signature & biography | As we are trying to make the blog as personable as possible, contributors are asked to sign the posts as being from themselves, including a short biography and a photograph.
Images | We ask that where possible all contributors supply images for their posts, whether speaker headshots, graphs, logos, or pictures from the field.
Multimedia | Other media including videos and podcasts are also welcome additions to all posts.
URLs | Contributors are asked to hyperlink in their posts and not to include the hyperlink parenthetically UNLESS they have problems hyperlinking in text.
Citations | We do not use citations or footnotes. In those instances, we ask contributors to hyperlink to the appropriate source. If a citation must be used, give the authors’ full names and the name of the source, and not just their names and publication date (e.g. NOT ‘ Smith and Jones, 2016’
We request that you send through your draft post within 4 weeks of the request being made to you. We will then work with you to ensure that your post fits in with our goals, with the aim of posting to the blog within 2 weeks.
For further details, please email your journal Editor or SAGE Publishing Editor.
We want to make our content available to as many people as possible and so if not otherwise stated the content on the SAGE Journals Blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License and you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. You must however, give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
The material that appears on the SAGE Journals Blog might be suitable for publication on other SAGE platforms. If you’d rather your blog post did not appear on another SAGE platform please inform us upon submission. If not we will take it that you’re happy for your work to appear across other SAGE platforms.