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Criteria and Responsibilities for Editorial Board Membership


The Editorial Board is comprised of Co-Editors, Associate Editors, Emeritus Editors, Books and media Review Editor, Digest Editor and Editorial Review Board members who have significant expertise and experience in Adapted Physical Activity (APA), a theoretical area associated with research in APA, and measurement models or qualitative approaches associated with APA research applications. Editorial Board members and Associate Editors are appointed by the Editor when a consensus of the Editorial Council (i.e., Emeriti Editors and Associate Editors) and current board members approve the nomination.  

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include the following:

  1. Demonstrated scholarly expertise and ethical leadership in an area not overrepresented on the existing Editorial Board.  
  2. Published three or more manuscripts in APAQ or a journal of scholarly equivalence.
  3. Demonstration of excellence in the review process, based on independent evaluations of the Editor and Associate and/or Emeriti Editors. 
  4. A commitment to non-biased international terminology, issues, and concerns related to individuals with disabilities.
  5. Stated commitment to attend annual Board meetings when possible, and to contribute to issues affecting APAQ through the usual communication modalities.


Members of the Editorial Board of APAQ are directly accountable to the Editor of APAQ, who, in turn, is responsible to Human Kinetics Publishing. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide input on editorial needs and review manuscripts, as requested. 
  2. Complete assigned reviews in a timely fashion. Offer mutually respectful and constructive review of manuscripts to assist in providing the highest quality papers. 
  3. Maintain confidentiality and objectivity with regard to manuscripts and the APAQ review process.
  4. Participate in the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of APAQ so as to help sustain the highest level of excellence in adapted physical activity.
  5. Once appointed to the Editorial Board, the member should submit at least one manuscript to APAQ every 3 years. 
  6. If or when appropriate, encourage authors whose primary language is not English to seek mentorship or assistance from a colleague prior to submitting a manuscript for review. 

Nomination Process

Editorial Board membership (i.e., Editor, Associate Editors, Emeriti Editors, Books and Media Review Editor, Digest Editor and Editorial Review Board) will originate from APAQ board members. Nominations are submitted in writing (electronically via E-mail or S-mail) and addressed to the Editor or any member of the Editorial Council. All nominations will be sent to the Editor who will then arrange for review and comment by the APAQ Editorial Board. 

Candidates/applicants must submit a vita including a statement addressing her/his interest and suitability for Board Membership. APAQ assumes the general readership would be able to identify the candidate by her/his reputation for scholarship of an established line of inquiry. A short list of keywords identifying areas of interest also is required.

If a candidate is approved by majority vote of the APAQ Board Members, she/he will be invited to serve by the Editor for a specified term of three years. Continued membership of the Editorial Board will be reviewed every three years by a member of the Editorial Council with a decision about candidates presented at an annual Board meeting. The number of editorial board members will not exceed 30 unless otherwise specified by the APAQ Board. 

1 December 2008

Terry Rizzo