Journals Permissions

Permission for most SAGE Journal content can be processed immediately via RightsLink®, an automated service operated by the Copyright Clearance Center.  If you are unable to complete your request via RightsLink® after following the instructions provided on this page, please email your request to

Tips for a Successful Permissions Request

  • Check the content you want to re-use is not credited to another source. SAGE can only grant permission for content original to our publications. 
  • Try submitting your request through RightsLink® using the instructions below, prior to emailing SAGE directly.
  • Include as much identifying information as possible for the SAGE content you want to re-use including the ISSN, DOI, title, authors, volume, Issue and page numbers.
  • Describe the re-use and what rights you need including languages, formats, territories and the expected print run/number of readers.
  • Send the request at least five weeks before you need to re-use the content as some requests can take up to four weeks to process.

Journal Exceptions

To request permission for the following titles, please email as these requests cannot be managed through RightsLink®

  • Armed Forces & Society
  • Contexts
  • Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications
  • Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
  • Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
  • Journal of Management: Official Journal of the Southern Management Association
  • Latin American Perspectives: A Journal on Capitalism and Socialism
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
  • Proceedings of the International Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare
  • Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Society and Mental Health
  • Transactional Analysis Journal
  • World Policy Journal

How to Use Rightslink®

  1. Locate the article on SAGE Journals (SJ) by searching for the title of the article or author(s). 
  2. On the Table of Contents page, select ‘Request Permissions’ underneath the relevant article.   

    Request Permissions example

  3. Complete the permissions questionnaire on the RightsLink® page.

    RightsLink questionnaire example

  4. If there is a fee associated with the permission, you will need to create an account on RightsLink® to complete your request.  Be sure to read and accept the Terms and Conditions of the permissions grant prior to completing your request.

If you are unable to locate the title on RightsLink, please request permission from the Copyright Clearance Center at  If you are still unable to secure permission, please email us at Please allow up to four weeks to process your request.

Authors Reusing Their Own Work

SAGE Journal authors are able to use their article in certain circumstances without any further permission.  The chart above includes common requests and an explanation of which ‘version’ of the article can be used in each circumstance. 

  • Version 1 – original submission to the journal (before peer review)
  • Version 2 – original submission to the journal with your revisions after peer review, often the version accepted by the editor
  • Version 3 – copy-edited and typeset proofs and the final published version
I want to: cleared requires permissions
supply my article to my students or use the article for teaching purposes Version 3
supply my article to a research colleague at an academic institution Version 3
supply my article to a commercial organization for republication, distribution or a web posting X
upload my article to my institution repository or department website Version 2
upload my article to a repository NOT affiliated with my institution, 12 months after publication Version 2
republish my article in a book I am writing or editing Version 3
contribute my article to a book edited or written by someone else X

For the full explanation of SAGE's Journal Author Reuse Policy and for other resources, please visit our Journal Author Gateway.

For advice on how to clear permission for a manuscripts you intend to submit to for publication in a SAGE Journal, please visit our Author Gateway Copyright and Permissions FAQ.

Open Access

If you wish to re-use an Open Access article under a Creative Commons License, visit our page on Re-use of Open Access Content for more information.