The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a venture of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and is published by Human Kinetics. Its mission is to advance the profession of coaching. In short, ISCJ seeks to convey today’s art and science of coaching through a perfect blend of relevant studies, technical insights, examples of coaching methods employed around the world, engaging front-line stories, and thought-provoking commentaries.
ISCJ was launched in 2014 as volume 1, replacing the Journal of Coaching Education (JCE), for which there were six volumes published. To view JCE content, click here.
The mission of the International Sport Coaching Journal is to advance the profession of coaching through peer-reviewed research articles, informative essays, experiential accounts, and systematic applications that enhance the education, development of knowledge, leadership, and best practices of coaches.
ISCJ will seek to convey today’s art and science of coaching through a perfect blend of relevant studies, technical insights, examples of coaching methods employed around the world, engaging front-line stories, and thought-provoking commentaries.
Bettina Callary Cape Breton University, Canada
Pat Duffy (2014)
Wade Gilbert (2014–2019)
Gordon Bloom McGill University, Canada
Andrew Gillham Sanford Sports Science Institute, USA
Sophia Jowett Loughborough University, UK
Steven Rynne University of Queensland, Australia
Ian Cowburn Leeds Beckett University, UK
Tom Mitchell Leeds Beckett University, UK
Andrew Bennie, Western Sydney University, Australia
Marte Bentzen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway
Tania Cassidy, University of Otago, New Zealand
Diane Culver, University of Ottawa, Canada
Lea-Cathrin Dohme, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Larissa Galatti, University of Campinas, Brazil
Lori Gano-Overway, James Madison University, USA
Brian Gearity, University of Denver, USA
Dan Gould, Michigan State University, USA
Clayton Kuklick, University of Denver, USA
Koon Teck Koh, National Instit. of Education, Singapore
Sergio Lara-Bercial, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Michel Milistetd, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Lee Nelson, Edge Hill University, UK
Leanne Norman, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia
Scott Rathwell, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Fernando Santos, Polytechnic Institute of Porto and Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Mike Sheridan, Ohio University, USA
Rob Townsend, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Pete Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College, USA
Robin Vealey, Miami University, USA
Amy Whitehead, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
ICCE Advisory Group
Vice President Africa
Jerry Segwaba, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Vice President Americas
Christine Bolger, United States Olympic Committee
Vice President Asia
Jiexiu Zhao, Chinese Institute of Sport Science
Vice President Europe
Kirsi Hämäläinen, Finnish Olympic Committee
Vice President Oceania
Darlene Harrison, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Sports Commission
ICCE Research Committee
Bettina Callary, Cape Breton University, Canada
Kristen Dieffenbach, West Virginia University, USA
Larissa Galatti, University of Campinas, Brazil
Sergio Lara-Bercial, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Christine Nash, University of Edinburgh, UK
Julian North, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia
Human Kinetics Staff
Crystal Lasky Robinson, JournalsManaging Editor
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The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes Original Research papers, Best Practices papers, Coaching In papers, and Insights papers. These manuscript types are described below.
Peer-reviewed research is critical to the journal for fulfilling its mission and achieving its desired stature and impact. This section will comprise 25-30% of the content of each issue. Research manuscripts will report studies in coaching and coach education, explaining the purpose, methodology, sample, results, and implications. A variety of research designs are welcomed, but manuscripts should, with rare exception, not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).
These manuscripts are reports of specific, successful documented efforts that improved – or evidence-based guidelines that can be used to improve – coaching performance in an area of responsibility or competency. Whether entirely innovative or a variation on a tried and true approach, the best practice described must offer evidence as to how coaching performance was, or could be, enhanced and should be applicable across sports. Papers documenting best practices should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).
This section will highlight the status of coaching and coach education in a specific country. A broader perspective on the sport infrastructure, financing, participation, etc. will provide the backdrop for an in-depth look at the sport and coaching organizations, educational and development levels and systems, and key figures that define coaching in that part of the world. Coaching In section articles should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).
This section includes well-reasoned and effectively articulated perspectives on issues or approaches in coaching and coaching education. This could take the form of point-counterpoint columns on a controversial topic. Insights section papers are intended to stimulate thought and prompt open dialogue about coaching, as well as contribute to new lines of study in coaching. Papers of this type typically should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).
In preparing manuscripts for publication in ISCJ, authors should use British spelling and follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020). 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. Avoid abbreviations in the title. Formats of numbers and measurement units, and all other style matters, including capitalization, punctuation, references, and citations, must follow the APA Publication Manual.
Upon submission, 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 be composed as described on pp. 382–383 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020), including clear statements pertaining to potential fragmented publication, authorship, and other ethical considerations.
Submissions that are rejected (i.e., that do not receive a minor or major-revision decision and invitation to resubmit) should not be resubmitted without editor invitation to ISCJ per the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020, p. 381), which reads that any manuscript "that has been rejected by a journal may not be revised and resubmitted to that same journal".
The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Other file formats, including PDF documents, are not accepted for the main (text) 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 manuscripts must include an abstract of 150−200 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the manuscript title. Line numbers should be embedded in the left margin to facilitate the review process. For studies involving humans, the participants section must include a statement certifying that the study received institutional approval and that the participants’ informed consent was obtained. Manuscripts should not exceed the page length mentioned for each article type above.
Figures and Photos
If figures are included, each figure must be numbered in consecutive numerical order. 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. Artwork should be professional in appearance and have clean, crisp lines. Hand drawing and hand lettering are not acceptable. Figures may use color. 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. Line art should be saved at a resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) in JPEG or TIFF format. Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of 300 dpi. If photos are used, they should be black and white, clear, and show good contrast. Any figures or photos from a source not original to the author must be accompanied by a statement from the copyright holder(s) giving the author permission to publish it; the source and copyright holder must be credited in the manuscript.
When tabular material is necessary, it should not duplicate the text. Tables must be formatted using Microsoft Word’s table-building functions. (Using spaces or tabs in your table creates problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors). 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 and ability to fit the printed page.
Short video clips may be submitted to illustrate your manuscript. Files may be submitted through ScholarOne for review as part of the manuscript; each digital video file should be designated and uploaded as a “supplementary file,” and should be no larger than 15–20 MB (or 5–10 seconds, depending on compression). Video should be submitted in either .WMV or QuickTime (.mov) format with a standard frame size of 320 × 240 pixels and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. You also should indicate in the cover letter accompanying your submission that you have submitted a video file.
Digital material from a source not original to the author must be accompanied by a statement from the copyright holder giving the author permission to publish it; the source and copyright holder must be credited in the manuscript. Human Kinetics will inspect all video submissions for quality and technical specifications, and we reserve the right to reject any video submission that does not meet quality standards and specifications.
All manuscripts are evaluated via masked review and are reviewed by an editorial board member and at least one other reviewer. Submissions will be judged on the basis of the manuscript’s interest to the readership, theoretical and empirical contribution, adherence to accepted scientific principles and methods, and clarity and conciseness of writing. There are no page charges to authors. Manuscripts may 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. Exceptions to this copyright transfer rule will be made for government employees. Additional exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Desk Rejection Policy
Before full review, submissions are examined at the editorial level. If the Editor and an Editorial Board Member believe the submission has extensive flaws or is inconsistent with the mission and focus of the journal, the manuscript may receive a desk reject decision.
Special Issue Guidelines
The following guidelines are intended to help prepare a special issue proposal for ISCJ. In 4 pages or less, the proposal needs to address the following questions using the headings provided. Please send your completed proposal to Editor-in-Chief Bettina Callary at Bettina_Callary@cbu.ca.
In 150 words or less, what is your special issue about?
Be sure to include its main themes and objectives.
What are you proposing to do differently/more innovatively/better than has already been done on the topic (in ISCJ specifically, as well as in the field more generally)?
Why is now the time for a special issue on this topic?
Why is ISCJ the most appropriate venue for this topic?
3. Outline of Special Issue
How will each type of ISCJ paper (Original Research, Best Practices, Coaching In, Insights) be integrated into the special issue?
How many papers do you envision for the special issue?
Names of authors who will be invited to submit papers, and paper topics?
Are you proposing to serve as Guest Editor for this special issue?
If so, please provide a copy of your vitae with the proposal.
If not, do you have suggestions for a potential Guest Editor?
Given that it takes approximately 12 months to complete a special issue, please provide a detailed timeline including estimated dates or time frames for the following steps:
Call for papers
Review process (averages 4 months)
Revision process (averages 3 months)
Final editing and approval from ISCJ editor
Completion and submission to Human Kinetics (needs to be at least 2 months prior to the issue cover month; e.g., completion by March 1 for the May issue)
*Note: All submissions must meet the standard ISCJ submission guidelines.
Submit a Manuscript
Authors should submit manuscripts electronically as a Microsoft Word document via the ISCJ ScholarOne site (see submit button at the top of this page). ScholarOne will manage the electronic transfer of ISCJ manuscripts throughout the manuscript review process, providing step-by-step instructions. Problems encountered on the ScholarOne site can be resolved by choosing “Help” in the upper right corner of the screen.
Please review the APA checklist for manuscript submission before submitting your manuscript. Authors of accepted manuscripts must obtain and provide the managing editor all necessary permissions for reproduced figures, pictures, or other copyrighted work prior to publication. The authors also will need to complete and sign the copyright agreement, which will be provided to authors.
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