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
School of Public Health
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA
Gashaw Abeza, Towson University, USA
Marie-Stéphanie Abouna, ILEPS Cergy Paris University, France
Rebecca Achen, University of the Pacific, USA
Xuemei Bi, Beijing Sport University, China
Luca Bifulco, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Valerie Bonnet, University of Toulouse, France
Trish Bradbury, Massey University, New Zealand
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
Ian Cunningham, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Hailey Daehnke, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Nicolas DeLorme, University of Bordeaux, France
Jason Doyle, Griffith University, Australia
Sam Duncan, Swinburne University, Australia
Beth Fielding-Lloyd, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
John Fortunato, Fordham University, USA
Alex C. Gang, Washington State University, USA
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
Marion Hambrick, University of Louisville, USA
John Harris, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Kevin Hull, University of South Carolina, USA
Wonseok Jang, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
Amy Chan Hyung Kim, Florida State University, USA
Kihan Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
Elsa Kristiansen, University of Southeast Norway
Jessica Kunert, University of Mainz, Germany
Katie Lebel, University of Guelph, Canada
Minkyo Lee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Adam Love, University of Tennessee, USA
Elisavet Argyro Manoli, University of Bergamo, Italy
Lindsey Mean, Arizona State University, USA
Ashlee Morgan, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Bri Newland, New York University, USA
Daniel Nölleke, University of Vienna, Austria
Angela N. Pratt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Sada Reed, Arizona State University, USA
Ary J. Rocco, Jr., University of São Paulo, Brazil
Brody Ruihley, Miami University, USA
Juana Salido-Fernández, University of Granada, Spain
Jimmy Sanderson, Texas Tech University, USA
Stacy-Lynn Sant, University of Michigan, USA
Christiana Schallhorn, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Lucie Schoch, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Olan Scott, Brock University, Canada
Benoit Séguin, University of Ottawa, Canada
Merryn Sherwood, La Trobe University, Australia
Clay Stoldt, Wichita State University, USA
Katie Sveinson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Ilan Tamir, Ariel University, Israel
Jianjun Tang, Shanghai University of Sport, China
Tang Tang, Kent State University, USA
Ashleigh Thompson, La Trobe University, Australia
Victor Timchenko, Herzen University, Russia
John Vincent, University of Alabama, USA
Ulrik Wagner, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Brandi Watkins, Virginia Tech, USA
Wei Wei, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
Erin Whiteside, University of Tennessee, USA
Sang Keon Yoo, Sangmyung University, South Korea
Arif Yüce, Eskisehir Technical University, Turkey
Matthew Zimmerman, Mississippi State University, USA
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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 (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. 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: title page (with all author names and affiliations), manuscript (including the title but no indication of author identities), 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.
Preparation of Figures and Tables
Resolution of digital images should be 300 dpi at full size for photos and 600 dpi for line art. Figures or photos should be submitted as .jpg or .tif files. Although our online articles support color figures, bear in mind that the journal prints in black and white, and most color files will be printed in black and white. Make sure that any color figures submitted will be interpretable in grayscale/black and white. See additional figure guidelines here.
Format tables using the Table Layout function in Microsoft Word rather than aligning columns in text with tabs and spaces or using text boxes.
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
School of Public Health
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA
Phone: (812) 855-4066
Facsimile: (812) 855-3193
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