The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a peer-reviewed journal designed to advance the research and development of sport coaching globally. ISCJ seeks to publish sport coaching original research studies and papers regarding practical advances that expand our understanding of the coaching process, coaching environment, coach education and development, coaching practices, and coaching profession.
ISCJ is a non-proprietary venture of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and is published by Human Kinetics. It 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 (ISCJ) is to advance the research and development of sport coaching world-wide. This mission is pursued through a specific focus on the practice and process of coaching, with consideration also given to the many factors that influence coaching. Thus, ISCJ publishes peer-reviewed scientific research studies and articles about practical advances about, with, and for coaches.
Sergio Lara-Bercial, Leeds Beckett University, UK (ICCE appointed member)
Human Kinetics Staff
Tammy Miller, Senior JournalsManaging 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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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. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
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c. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
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The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes both Original Research studies and papers on Practical Advances in coaching. These manuscript types are described below.
Original, peer-reviewed scientific research is intended to develop and innovate sport coaching world-wide. Manuscripts should be formatted with a review of relevant literature and theoretical frameworks to rationalize the purpose of the study followed by an explanation of the methodology, sample/participants, methods (including data collection, data analysis, research ethics), results, and discussion/implications. A variety of research designs are welcomed, though manuscripts should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).
These manuscripts include practical and applied perspectives on coaching and coaching-related topics. These manuscripts may focus on best practices of specific documented efforts, ideas, or evidence-based guidelines that can be used to improve coaching. They may focus on well-reasoned and effectively articulated insights and commentaries intended to stimulate thought and prompt open dialogue about coaching while (potentially) making contributions to new lines of study in coaching. Perspectives of coaching and coach education in different countries and cultures are also welcomed with an in-depth look at the sport coaching organizations, systems, and key features that define coaching in that part of the world. While adopting an applied orientation, these papers should still be written in an academic style that includes citations as well as other applied evidence to support and develop ideas. Papers that are Practical Advances in the field will typically be between 15–25 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures). Practical Advances encompasses ISCJ legacy article types of Best Practices, Insights, and Coaching In.
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.
Upon submission, authors must include a separate Word file that provides biographies for all authors to be included in the final published version of the paper. Biographies should include name, rank, department, institution, and a brief statement about research expertise in 50–75 words.
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".
All manuscripts must be written in English, with attention to concise language, a logical structure and flow of information, and correct grammar. We appreciate that some of our authors do not speak English as their first language and may need assistance to reach the standards required by the journal. In addition, some younger authors may not be experienced in scientific writing styles. Since manuscripts that fail to meet the journal’s writing standards will not be sent out for review, such authors should ensure that they seek assistance from native English speakers and/or experienced colleagues prior to submitting their paper. Many journals acknowledge the existence of companies that offer professional editing services. Use of an editorial service is at the discretion and cost of the authors and will not guarantee acceptance for publication in ISCJ. An example of such services can be found at https://www.aje.com/. This information does not constitute endorsement of this professional editing service.
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.
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.
Special Issue Guidelines
Special issue topics need to be diverse and inclusive of different perspectives; the topic itself should be resonating with coaching researchers at a particular time for a particular reason. 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?
List up to five articles recently published on the topic that show breadth of scope and authorship in the topic?
3. Outline of Special Issue
How will each type of ISCJ paper (Original Research, Practical Advances) 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?
A list of up to 20 individuals with expertise in the topic who the special issue editors could recruit to act as reviewers?
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.
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