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Submission Guidelines for IJSC

The International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC) encourages the submission of manuscripts that increase the understanding and advancement of the field of sport communication. All submissions are welcome as the quarterly is an international peer-reviewed journal that has an interdisciplinary appeal to researchers and practitioners in the field. Examples of acceptable topics for consideration range from sport public relations, all-sports cable channels, sport journalism, and interpersonal communication in sport to sports broadcasting, organizational communication in sport, sport Web logs, and sports radio. Other possible foci of submissions include sociocultural issues in the sport media; international sport communication; sport-media management and production; diffusion of sport-media discourses; historical and political aspects of sport communication; content analyses of sport programming and media messages; strategic management in sport communication, economic, and financial aspects affiliated with the sport media; sport film and photography; media sports consumption and negotiation; human resources development in sport communication; emerging technologies in sport media; management of sport-media organizations; sport media and the law; and sport communication personnel. Studies using quantitative or qualitative approaches are welcome.

IJSC will be principally committed to the publication of theoretical and applied sport communication research from any tradition of scholarship. In addition to research and scholarly articles, IJSC also publishes case studies, editorials that focus on significant issues pertaining to sport communication, reviews of books and media (i.e., Web sites, movies) that concern themselves with sport communication studies or practices, and journal article and dissertation abstracts related to sport communication topics.

When preparing manuscripts for submission to IJSC, authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), 2010 (www.apastyle.org/pubmanual.html). Manuscripts must be submitted in English. All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 150 words. If footnotes are used, they should be as few as possible and should not exceed six lines each. Figures should be created in Excel or saved as TIFF or JPEG files. All tables, figure captions, and footnotes must be grouped together on pages separate from the body of the text. Tables should be prepared using Microsoft Word’s table-formatting functions. Reference citations in the text must be accurate concerning dates of publication and spelling of author names, and they must cross-check with those in the reference list. Manuscripts may be summarily rejected if they do not follow the APA guidelines.

Authors must submit their manuscripts through ScholarOne, the online submission system for IJSC, at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hk_ijsc. ScholarOne manages the electronic transfer of manuscripts throughout the manuscript-review process while providing step-by-step instructions and a user-friendly design.

Please note that a double-blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts. As such, any clues to the identity of the author(s) should be eliminated from the manuscript. The first page of the manuscript must not include author names or affiliations, but it should include the title of the paper and the date of submission. Authors should submit separate files for the following: cover letter, title page (without author names/affiliations) and manuscript, and any tables and figures. The manuscript’s title should be no more than 20 words, and the manuscript’s running head should be no more than 30 characters. The author(s) should include at least five keywords at the bottom of the abstract page.

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while they are under review by IJSC, nor should they have been previously published. Manuscripts are typically read by multiple (e.g., three) reviewers, and the review process generally takes 10–12 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 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. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc. Please visit Manuscript Central to download IJSC’s copyright form located under the Instructions & Forms link in the upper right corner. You do not need an account to access this information.

Questions about the journal or manuscript submission should be directed to the editor of the journal:

International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC)
Paul M. Pedersen, PhD
Sport Management–Kinesiology
School of Public Health
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA
Phone: (812) 855-4066
Facsimile: (812) 855-3193
E-mail: ppederse@indiana.edu

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