About Advance: a SAGE preprints community

Advance: a SAGE preprints community allows researchers within the fields of humanities and social sciences to post their work online and free of charge. Advance welcomes a variety of preprint* types, including, but not limited to, original research, literature reviews, commentaries, and case studies. Once accepted, each preprint will be freely available online to the research community and peers and will benefit from our monitored commenting feature.

Advance facilitates broad dissemination of ideas earlier in the research process and extends SAGE's mission of disseminating research on a global scale, in turn further supporting open science.

Benefits to submitting your preprint include:

  • Ensuring credit for your work - accepted preprints on Advance receive a digital object identifier (DOI), allowing you to ensure credit for your research by making it available within your scholarly community in a clearly identifiable way - especially important for time-sensitive projects
  • Obtaining feedback on your research - Advance includes a monitored commenting feature allowing you to seek and receive constructive feedback from your peers. You can share your preprint via social media and email.
  • Sharing your research quickly - once moderated and accepted to Advance, your preprint will typically be available online within 48-72 hours allowing you to start communicating about your work and ideas quickly and boosting its online discoverability-particularly important for time sensitive projects.

Submitted research can be in any stage of its lifecycle: draft, final version or anything in between. Papers that have been accepted to be published in a journal may be submitted to Advance, as long as you have permission to do so. For more information, see Advance's Submission Guidelines.

We encourage researchers to submit their work to Advance prior to or at the same time as submitting to a journal for formal peer-review and publication. In fact, researchers who submit to Advance have the option to also simultaneously submit to one of SAGE's journals within the humanities and social sciences. More and more journals are happy to accept for consideration manuscripts that have been posted as preprints - always check the journal's submission guidelines to make sure. All accepted preprints will be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI), ensuring that your preprint can be linked to its published version in the future.

*In case you didn't know: in academic publishing, a preprint is a version of a scholarly piece of research that precedes review and publication in a peer-reviewed journal and has been posted to an open-access online platform. A preprint is typically available for free, before and after the peer-reviewed version of the paper is published.