When preparing manuscripts for submission in the Sport Journal, authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition; www.apa.org). Manuscripts will be summarily rejected if they do not follow the APA guidelines.
Manuscripts must be in English. If this is not the first language of the author, contributions should be checked for grammar and syntax, prior to submission, by a person fluent in academic English. It is not the responsibility of the editorial team to redraft articles into an acceptable form and manuscripts, which do not meet the required standard, will be returned. American conventions in spelling and punctuation should be used throughout.
Manuscripts submitted will be judged primarily on their substantive content, but writing style, structure, and length are very important considerations. Poor presentation is sufficient reason for the rejection of a manuscript. When first received, manuscripts will be evaluated by the editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. Thus, manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible. Generally, papers should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures, and appendices. However, we recognize that in rare circumstances, papers intended to make very extensive contributions may require additional space. Prior to submitting a manuscript, authors should consider the contribution-to-length ratio and ask themselves: “Is the paper long enough to cover the subject while concise enough to maintain the reader’s interest?”