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Submission Guidelines for JSEP

Article Type. Review articles and single-study experimental/methodological reports should not exceed 28 pages (including references, tables, figures, etc.). Multistudy reports are encouraged, and may exceed the 28-page guideline, but they must be parsimoniously presented. Brief reports are limited to 12 pages all inclusive. Research reports should be condensed as much as possible. Submissions will be judged on their topical relevance, methodological adequacy, clarity of reporting, and potential scientific impact. For studies involving human subjects, the Methods section must include a statement regarding informed consent and institutional approval of the protocol. Authors are expected to have their raw data and descriptive statistics available throughout the review process and may be asked to provide elaboration.

Style. In preparing manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (JSEP), authors must closely follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). Manuscripts should be written in first person using the active voice. Writing should be concise and direct. Avoid unnecessary jargon and abbreviations, but use an acronym or abbreviation if the spelled-out version of a term is cumbersome. The full wording should precede the first use of an abbreviation. Avoid abbreviations in the title. Formats of numbers and measurement units and all other style matters, including capitalization and punctuation, must follow the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Submission. Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as a Microsoft Word document via the JSEP Manuscript Central site, an online submission system. Manuscript Central will manage the electronic transfer of JSEP manuscripts throughout the article review process, providing step-by-step instructions:


Problems can be resolved by choosing “Get Help Now” in the upper right corner of the screen. At least two reviewers are solicited for each manuscript. Manuscripts are evaluated via masked review. There are no page charges to authors. Manuscripts should not be submitted to another journal at the same time. Authors of manuscripts that are accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics Inc.

Cover Letters. At Manuscript Central, authors must upload a separate cover letter that lists (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) the date of submission; and (3) the full names of all the authors, their institutional or corporate affiliations, and their e-mail addresses. In addition to this essential information, the cover letter should composed as described on pp. 230–231 of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed., 2010), including clear statements pertaining to potential fragmented publication, authorship, and other ethical considerations.

Manuscript. The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The manuscript should contain no clues as to author identity, such as acknowledgments, institutional information, and mention of a specific city. Thus, information that might identify the author(s) should be omitted or highlighted in black. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript and date of submission. All articles must include an abstract of 100−150 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the title. The correct order of the elements within a standard JSEP research article is as follows:

  1. title, date of submission
  2. abstract
  3. keywords
  4. introduction
  5. methods
  6. results
  7. discussion
  8. end notes
  9. acknowledgments
  10. reference list
  11. figure captions
  12. tables

Figures and Tables. Each figure must be numbered, and each should be called out in the text in consecutive numerical order. Importantly, a figure should be no larger than approximately 16 cm (6 in.) × 21 cm (8 in.), which is the size of the print area on a single journal page. A figure should have a caption that is brief and self-explanatory, and that defines all nonstandard abbreviations used in the figure. Captions must be listed separately, on a page by themselves; however, each figure must be clearly identified (numbered), preferably as part of its filename. The artwork should be professional in appearance and have clean, crisp lines. Hand drawing and hand lettering are not acceptable. Figures should not use color in any way. Shades of gray do not reproduce well and should not be used in charts and figures. Instead, stripe patterns, stippling, or solids (black or white) are good choices for shading. Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) and sized to fit within the single-page dimensions, 16 cm (6 in.) × 21 cm (8 in.).

When tabular material is necessary, it should not duplicate the text. Tables must be formatted using Microsoft Word’s table-building functions. Tables should be single-spaced on separate pages and include their brief titles. Explanatory notes are to be presented in footnotes, below the table. The size and complexity of a table should be determined with consideration for its legibility when fitted to the size of the printed page: approximately 16 cm (6 in.) × 21 cm (8 in.).

Final Revisions. Prior to acceptance, the author names and dates of citations in the text must match those in the reference list.

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