International Journal of Sport Communication

The International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC) provides a platform for the dissemination of peer-reviewed research and information on the unique aspects and divergent activities associated with sport communication. Although many journals cover a single aspect of sport and communication, IJSC is the first to provide an all-encompassing view of the field by covering any topic related to communication in sport, through sport, or in a sport setting. This rigorously reviewed quarterly journal features quantitative and qualitative articles, including cutting-edge research, case studies, and editorials.

Cross-Disciplinary Appeal: IJSC welcomes innovative and original research submissions by academics, practitioners, and research students on any analysis related to sport communication. The members of the editorial board (and prospective authors) are sport communication scholars from diverse fields such as critical studies, sport management, advertising, communication policy, history, media studies, psychology, telecommunications, cultural studies, sport marketing, international communication, gender studies, journalism, public relations, communication theory, and new media.

IJSC is published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December.


The mission of the International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC) is to provide a platform for academics and practitioners to disseminate peer-reviewed research and information on the unique aspects and divergent activities associated with any communication in sport, through sport, or in a sport setting.


Paul M. Pedersen
Sport Management–Kinesiology
School of Public Health
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA

Editorial Board

Gashaw Abeza, Towson University, USA

Marie-Stéphanie Abouna, ILEPS Cergy Paris University, France

Kwame Agyemang, The Ohio State University, USA

Christos Anagnostopoulos, Molde University College, Norway

Xuemei Bi, Beijing Sport University, China

Valerie Bonnet, University of Toulouse, France

Natalie Brown Devlin, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Lauren Burch, Loughborough University London, UK

Maria José Carvalho, University of Porto, Portugal

Roxane Coche, University of Florida, USA

Joseph Cooper, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Kenneth Cortsen, University College of Northern Denmark, Denmark

Heather Dichter, De Montfort University, UK

Stephen W. Dittmore, University of Arkansas, USA

Jason Doyle, Griffith University, Australia

Beth Fielding-Lloyd, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

John Fortunato, Fordham University, USA

Yair Galily, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel

Andrea N. Geurin, Loughborough University, UK

Hamid Ghasemi, Payame Noor University, Iran

Leah Gillooly, Manchester Metropolitan University, England

Frauke Hachtmann, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA

John Harris, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Thomas Horky, Macromedia University, Germany

Edward (Ted) M. Kian, Oklahoma State University, USA

Amy Chan Hyung Kim, Florida State University, USA

Kihan Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Elsa Kristiansen, University of Southeast Norway

Katie Lebel, Ryerson University, Canada

Adam Love, University of Tennessee, USA

Elisavet Argyro Manoli, Loughborough University, UK

Lindsey Mean, Arizona State University, USA

Michael Naraine, Brock University, Canada

Bri Newland, New York University, USA

Joshua R. Pate, James Madison University, USA

Angela N. Pratt, Clemson University, USA

Ary J. Rocco, Jr., University of São Paulo, Brazil

Dariela Rodriguez, Ashland University, USA 

Brody Ruihley, Miami University, USA

Jimmy Sanderson, Texas Tech University, USA

Lucie Schoch, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Olan Scott, Brock University, Canada

Benoit Séguin, University of Ottawa, Canada

Clay Stoldt, Wichita State University, USA

Katie Sveinson, Temple University, USA

Jianjun Tang, Shanghai University of Sport, China

Tang Tang, Kent State University, USA

Nicholas D. Theodorakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Ashleigh Thompson, La Trobe University, Australia

Victor Timchenko, Herzen University, Russia

John Vincent, University of Alabama, USA

Ulrik Wagner, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Wei Wei, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Erin Whiteside, University of Tennessee, USA

Sang Keon Yoo, Sangmyung University, South Korea

Matthew Zimmerman, Mississippi State University, USA

Human Kinetics Staff
Julia Glahn, Senior Journals Managing Editor


Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Authors must submit their manuscripts through the journal’s ScholarOne online submission system. To submit, click the button below:

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Authorship Guidelines

The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

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:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
b. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
c. 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. *Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 324, 424–428.

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Manuscript Guidelines

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 sport 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 sport 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 is 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 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 (7th ed.), 2020 ( 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. 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.

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.

Artwork Instructions

Figures should be created in Excel, Word, or PowerPoint or saved as TIFF or JPEG files. Tables and figure captions should be grouped together on pages separate from the body of the text. All art must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be clear and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. Bear in mind that the journal prints in black and white. If you wish to use color photos or graphs, check them in grayscale to ensure that what they illustrate will show clearly when presented with no color. Keep labels proportionate with the size of the figures on the journal page, which is 4.5 in. wide. Digital images should be 300 dpi at full size for photos and 600 dpi for line art.

Review Process

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. 

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

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Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc. This transfer of copyright form will be provided to authors.


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