Information For Authors
The Sport Journal adheres to the following authorship criteria:
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:
- Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
- Final approval of the version to be published.
Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript.
The Sport Journal is an electronic, open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal addressing current issues in sport, published with the goal of advancing sport knowledge through research.
Manuscripts for The Sport Journal should be submitted online by clicking the above link. The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process and communication with other authors will not be made by the editor or editorial board. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the final submitted version of the manuscript.
Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while they are under review by The Sport Journal, nor should they have been previously published. Manuscripts are read by reviewers, and the review process generally takes approximately 24 weeks. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of topical relevance, theoretical and methodological adequacy, and clarity of explanation and analysis. Authors should be prepared to provide the data and/or research instrument(s) on which the manuscript is based for examination if requested by the editor. Comments from reviewers concerning manuscripts, along with the editorial decision, are made available to authors.
- All submissions must be accompanied by a $100 submission fee.
- All articles submitted to The Sport Journal will be peer-reviewed by up to three reviewers.
- Periodic call for papers on specific topics or unusual events that have a significant impact on the field of sport will take precedence in the review process. (exa. COVID-19 CFP)
Questions about the journal or manuscript submission should be directed to the Executive Editor of the journal, Assistant Professor Vandy Pacetti-Donelson, at email@example.com.
The Sport Journal aims to publish innovative empirical, theoretical, and review articles focused on sports management, sports coaching, sports studies, sports medicine, and sports fitness and health, Authors are encouraged to submit articles reflecting current issues in sport and exercise that are societal in nature and include both qualitative and quantitative research.
Types of Publications
The Sport Journal has no restrictions on the length of manuscripts, if the text is concise and comprehensive. Full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. Manuscripts submitted to Sports should neither been published before nor be under consideration for publication in another journal. The main article types are as follows:
- Research articles:Original research manuscripts.
- Review articles:Reviews of published literature on specific topics focusing on what has been published, studied, argued, and accepted into practice. Specific attention should be given to controversial findings and topics.
- Methodology articles:Methodology articles should present a new experimental or computational method, test, or procedure. The method described either may be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
- Letters to the Editor:Brief comments on recently published articles including both supportive and critical thoughts, typically followed by a rebuttal or clarification letter from the original author.
- Commentaries:Comments regarding any area related to sport. Typically, commentaries are brief reviews of literature on “hot topics” and/or a series of recently published articles that are related. Commentaries can also include Case Reports.
The Sport Journal publishes research and scholarly review articles that focus on the following themes:
Theme 1: Sport Studies: Culture, Community, and the Individual
- Sociology and sport
- Cultural, community, and national values in sport
- Traditions, legacy, and historical perspectives of sport
- Sport and Body Culture
- The Olympic and Paralympic Movements
- Impact of individual identity (Gender, ethnicity, race, religion, etc.) on sport participation
- Access and equity in sport
- Sport and Sustainable Development
- Sport for children
Theme 2: Sport Fitness and Health
- Exercise, fitness, and overall well-being
- Psycho-social wellbeing related sport and recreation
- Sport physiology
- Performance enhancement in sport
- Technology and exercise science
- Injury–prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation
- Exercise science, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning
- Sports nutrition and exercise metabolism
Theme 3: Sports Education
- Innovation in coaching
- Quality physical and sport education in schools and communities
- Values based education in sport
- Coaching styles, leadership and management
- Role of sport science
- Sport programs in schools, colleges, and universities
- Physical and sports education
Theme 4: Sports Management
- Sport facilities: design, management, and security
- Sport Organization and event management
- Data analytics in sport
- Sustainable development in sports organizations
- Media and communications in sport
- Adjudication, refereeing, rule-making, and game governance
- Professionalism in sport
- Fan based development—marketing and branding
- Media coverage, communications, and journalism in sport
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?”
Preparing your manuscript
The information below details the section headings that you should include in your manuscript and what information should be within each section. An example of a complete submission can be found here. Feel free to use this article as a template when preparing your manuscript.
Accepted manuscripts become the property of The Sport Journal, the copyright holder; they may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.
The Sport Journal often receives requests to reprint articles. The editorial board is pleased to extend the reach of the journal’s content. Those seeking permission to reprint must fill out and submit the Permission to Reprint Form, which allows the Journal to manage necessary copyright policies. With publication permission, proper attribution to The Sport Journal is required.
The articles published in The Sport Journal are not intended to replace the advice of a physician and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of the United States Sports Academy or the journal’s editors or editorial board members.