The Sport Psychologist

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Print ISSN: 0888-4781            Online ISSN: 1543-2793

TSP 2022 JIF: 1.6Designed for educational and clinical psychologists, The Sport Psychologist (TSP) focuses on applied research and its application in providing psychological services to coaches and athletes. TSP publishes four issue per year (March, June, September, and December).


TSP is a scholarly refereed journal designed as a forum to stimulate thought and disseminate knowledge that focuses on the application and practice of sport psychology. A special emphasis of the journal is on the delivery of psychological services to practitioners such as athletes and coaches. TSP is international in scope and is receptive to diverse methodologies. TSP is published for sport psychology specialists who engage in research, teaching, and/or intervention in a variety of contexts including academic, public, and private settings. The journal is also intended for practitioners such as coaches who have training and interest in sport psychology.

The journal is divided into the following sections:

Applied Research. This section includes research reports that focus directly upon application and practice in sport psychology. Case studies, field studies, and reports of evaluation research that examine the effectiveness of psychological interventions in sport are highly appropriate. Articles about methodological and measurement issues are welcomed, including those that examine and/or utilize qualitative and other emerging research methods. Also appropriate are articles that link psychological theory and research to application in sport psychology.

Professional Practice. This section includes articles that discuss current and relevant professional issues in sport psychology and that report unique sport psychology interventions in different contexts. Articles that describe approaches and methods of teaching psychological skills are also appropriate, as are articles that report experiential learning, introspective observations, and clinical observations.

Profiles. This section includes interviews with coaches, athletes, and sport psychologists. It also contains editorials that address issues in the field, as well as feature stories on sport psychology in various countries.

Bulletin Board. This section includes international news in sport psychology from various countries, professional organizations, and university or private programs. Announcements of upcoming events, reports from past conferences, and the identification of resources available for sport psychology specialists are also included.

Book and Resource Reviews. This section includes reviews of books and other resources (e.g., videotapes, audio tapes, computer software) that are of interest to researchers, practitioners, and instructors in sport psychology.


Sheldon Hanton, PhD
Professor of Sport Psychology
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Llandaff Campus
Western Avenue
Cardiff Metropolitan
United Kingdom

Editors Emeriti

Daniel Gould (Founding Co-Editor: 1987–1991)
Glyn C. Roberts (Founding Co-Editor: 1987–1991)
Robin S. Vealey (1992–1995)
Graham Jones (1995–1996)
Peter Crocker (1997–2000)
Vikki Krane (2000–2004)
Ian Maynard (2005–2012)

Professional Practice Editor

Brendan Cropley
University of South Wales, UK

Associate Editors

Eva V. Monsma
University of South Carolina, USA

Ross Roberts
Bangor University, UK

Dave Smith
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Editorial Assistant

Rebecca Hembrough
England Golf, UK

Bulletin Board Editor

Richard Neil
Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Book & Resource Review Editor

Lenny Wiersma
California State University, Fullerton, USA

Editorial Board

Duarte Araújo, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Rachel Arnold, University of Bath, UK

Rosie Arthur, Queen Margaret's University, UK

Jamie Barker, Staffordshire University, UK

Mark Bruner, Nipissing University, Canada

Joanne Butt, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Krista Chandler, University of Windsor, Canada

Graig M. Chow, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Jean Côté, Queen’s University, Canada

Robert Eklund, Florida State University, USA

Lynne Evans, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Mark Eys, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Scott Fleming, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK

Daniel Gould, Michigan State University, USA

Chris Harwood, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Laura Healy, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Denise M. Hill, Swansea University, UK

Ken Hodge, Otago University, New Zealand

Nick Holt, University of Calgary, Canada

Emma Kavanagh, Bournemouth University, UK

Masato Kawabata, Rikkyo University, Japan

Michael Kellmann, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany

Goran Kentta, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Elsa Kristiansen, University College of Southeast Norway

Zella Moore, Manhattan College, USA

Sandra Moritz, University of North Dakota, USA

Kacey Neely, Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique, Canada

Ailsa Niven, University of Edinburgh, UK

Artur Poczwardowski, University of Denver, USA

Alessandro Quartiroli, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, USA

Andrew C. Sparkes, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

David Tod, Lancaster University, UK

Ross Wadey, St. Mary's University, UK

Robert S. Weinberg, Miami University, USA

Tim Woodman, Bangor University, UK

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Julia Glahn, Senior Journals Managing Editor

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When preparing manuscripts for submission in The Sport Psychologist, authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition; 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 saved as TIFF or JPEG files. Format tables using the Table Layout function in Word rather than aligning columns in text with tabs and spaces or using text boxes.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 will be summarily rejected if they do not follow the APA guidelines. Please activate continuous line numbering throughout the manuscript.

Manuscripts submitted will be judged primarily on their substantive content, but writing style, structure, and length are very important considerations. Poor presentation is sufficient reason for the rejection of a manuscript. When first received, manuscripts will be evaluated by the editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. Thus, manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible. However, we recognize that in rare circumstances, papers intended to make very extensive contributions may require additional space. Prior to submitting a manuscript, authors should consider the contribution-to-length ratio and ask themselves, “Is the paper long enough to cover the subject while concise enough to maintain the reader’s interest?” (This paragraph is based on the Information for Contributors of the Academy of Management Review.)

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while they are under review by The Sport Psychologist nor should they have been previously published. Manuscripts are read by two reviewers, with the review process taking 8–12 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/or 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. When you submit, please make it clear in your cover letter if you wish to have your manuscript reviewed under Applied Research or Professional Practice. Please note that a blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts. As such, any clues to the author’s identity 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 are advised to check carefully the typing of the final copy and to retain a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. There are no page charges to contributors.

Brief reports are limited to 7 pages. Importantly, both Applied Research and Professional Practice manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, but for multistudy or in-depth qualitative material of extended scale and scope, pages may run to a maximum of 35 on the initial submission. The additional page allowance for longer manuscripts is at the editor’s discretion. Manuscripts will be judged according to their applied focus, contributions to knowledge, presentation of information, appropriateness of the discussion, interpretation of ideas, and clarity of writing. In addition, Applied Research articles will be judged on their methodology/design and data analysis. Authors are expected to have their raw data and descriptive statistics available throughout the editorial review process and are responsible for providing elaboration upon request.

Questions about the journal or manuscript submission should be directed to the journal's Editor, Sheldon Hanton, at

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