Sociology of Sport Journal

SSJ 2021 JIF: 2.349Published four times a year (March, June, September, December), the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) publishes original research, framed by social theory, on exercise, sport, physical culture, and the (physically active) body. Analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged to stimulate further research, critical thought, and theory development on topics ranging in broad scope from global professional sport, coaching, commercial exercise/fitness, and recreational physical activity. The journal publishes an array of peer-reviewed research articles, research notes, and book reviews. Members of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) receive SSJ as part of their membership.


The purpose of the Sociology of Sport Journal is to stimulate and communicate research, critical thought, and theory development on issues pertaining to the sociology of sport. The journal publishes peer-reviewed empirical and theoretical papers; book reviews; and critical essays. Analyses of sport and physical culture from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Submissions concerned with sport and physical culture as related to race, class, gender, sexuality, popular media, political economy, globalization, technology, and youth culture are especially welcome.


Cheryl Cooky, PhD
Purdue University, USA

Editors-in-Chief Emeriti

Jay Coakley (Founding Editor: 1984–1989)
Peter Donnelly (1990–1994)
Cynthia Hasbrook (1995–1998)
Christopher Stevenson (1999–2001)
Nancy Theberge (2002–2004)
Annelies Knoppers (2005–2008)
Pirkko Markula (2009–2011)
Michael Atkinson (2012–2014)
Michael D. Giardina (2015–2020)

Associate Editors

Rachel Allison
Mississippi State University, USA

Daniel Burdsey
University of Brighton, UK

Joseph Cooper
University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA

Audrey Giles
University of Ottawa, Canada

Shannon Jette
University of Maryland, USA

Yuka Nakamura
York University, Canada

Book Review Editor

Guy Harrison
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA

Editorial Board

Constancio Arnaldo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. USA

Ali Bowes, Nottingham Trent University. UK

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, University of Cincinnati, USA

Paul Ian Campbell, University of Leicester, UK

Chen Chen, University of Connecticut, USA

Michael Dao, San Jose State University, USA

Nikolas Dickerson, University of Lincoln, UK

Katelyn Esmonde, Johns Hopkins, USA

Michelle H. S. Ho, National University of Singapore. Singapore

Jonathan Howe, Temple University. USA

Katharine Jones, Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Janelle Joseph, University of Toronto. Canada

Kyle Kusz, University of Rhode Island, USA

Lucen Liu, Zhejiang University. China

Adam Love, University of Tennessee, USA

Cheryl MacDonald, Saint Mary's University, Canada

Javier Monforte, Durham University, UK

Thomas Oates, University of Iowa, USA

Christine O'Bonsawin, University of Victoria, Canada

Rebecca Olive, University of Queensland, Australia

Joyce Olushola Ogunrinde, University of Houston. USA

Adele Pavlidis, Griffiths University, Australia

Carolyn Prouse, Queen's University, Canada

Derek Silva, Western University, Canada

John Singer, Texas A&M University, USA

Courtney Szto, Queens University, Canada

Grace Yan, University of South Carolina, USA

Human Kinetics Staff
Tammy Miller, 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. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
b. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
c. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
d. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Conditions a, b, c, and d must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *

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Manuscript Guidelines

The Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) publishes theoretical and empirical work, framed by social theory, on exercise, sport, and the (physically active) body. Papers submitted to this journal should not be published elsewhere. If an author uses the same data in previously submitted work, then the author should describe in a cover letter how the current paper is significantly different from other submissions or articles. Submissions should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

The editorial staff for SSJ consists of the editor, two associate editors, and the past editor. Each paper is initially reviewed by the editor. If its content is deemed to be congruent with the mission of SSJ, the paper will be assigned to one of the editorial staff who will then send it to referees for blind peer review. The review process usually takes 10 weeks. The editor will decide, based on the reviewers’ and associate editor's recommendations, whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised, or rejected. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of relevance to the sociocultural studies of sport and physical activity, theoretical contribution, methodological appropriateness, clarity and thoroughness of data analysis, and presentation of results and discussion/conclusion.

All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of 75–125 words typed on a separate page. Manuscripts should be double-spaced including the abstract, block quotations, endnotes, references, and tables. The length of submitted Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, references and endnotes included. Articles that are longer might be returned to the authors for shortening. Research Notes should be succinct presentations of contemporary and important sociological issues in sport and physical culture. Research Notes may present preliminary analyses and/or exploratory findings, methodological considerations for data collection and analysis, and/or development of a theoretical point or model. The empirical findings and/or theoretical developments must be explained and documented concisely between 3,000 and 4,000 words, references and endnotes included.

For both Articles and Research Notes, authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020) guidelines for journal article style. Endnotes should be limited in number (all important information should be included in the text of the article).

Because a blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts, all clues to the identity of the author must be eliminated throughout the manuscript. Make sure that all references to the author and to other publications by the author are referenced as “author” and not by name. The reference list should not include these references. The first page of the manuscript should not include author names or affiliations, but it should include the title of the paper and the date of submission.

All art must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines, and be camera-ready; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be black and white, clear, and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. In graphs, use black and white only, no shading or color. Keep labels proportionate with the size of the figures on the journal page. Digital images should be 300 dpi at full size for photos and 600 dpi for line art. Format tables in the table function of your word-processing program rather than aligning columns in text with tabs and spaces or using text boxes.

Specific Guidelines for Book Reviews

The Sociology of Sport Journal is committed to publishing reviews of recent books that contribute to the sociology of sport or related fields. In most cases, reviews will be solicited by the Book Review Editor. Scholars who are interested in reviewing for the journal should contact the Book Review Editor to indicate their areas of expertise. The current editor is Dr. Guy Harrison (

Review Format

Book review authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020) guidelines for journal article style. Endnotes should be limited in number (all important information should be included in the text of the article). Avoid footnotes. Keep references to a minimum. Check for the correct spelling of proper names. Check quotations for accuracy and make sure to provide page numbers for quotes. Reviews should be approximately 1,500 to 1,800 words. The text, including quotes and bibliographic information, should be double-spaced.

Bibliographic information for the book should be placed at the top of the review in the following format:

Title By Author(s). Publisher, year of publication, location of publisher.
Reviewed by: Reviewer, institutional affiliation, location.

For example:

Body Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Fitness By Shari Dworkin and Faye Wachs. New York University Press, 2009, New York, NY.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Review Content

A good review provides description and analysis and attempts to situate a book in a larger context. You should describe the author’s central argument, intent, or goal and the author’s approach to the subject. Please avoid a chapter-by-chapter listing of themes. You might want to contextualize the text by situating it in relationship to the author’s previous works, to debates in the broader culture, or to relevant literature. Your analysis of the book could include a discussion of what makes it unique, its strengths and weaknesses, the implications of its arguments, and/or its relationship to other texts. You could also comment on the book’s potential impact on the field or on a specific area of study, theoretical approach, or methodology. Illustrate your points with examples from the text. First-time reviewers are encouraged to read reviews that have appeared in past issues of the journal.

Editorial Process

The submission of a review confirms that the review has not and will not appear elsewhere in published form. Book reviews will be received and edited by the Book Review Editor. Reviewers should note that the solicitation of a book review or the submission of an unsolicited review does not guarantee publication in the Sociology of Sport Journal. Reviewers may be asked by the Book Review Editor to revise their reviews. The Book Review Editor makes recommendations for acceptance of reviews to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief makes all final decisions about what will appear in the journal.

Specific Guidelines for Special Issues

The following guidelines are intended to help scholars prepare a special issue proposal. In no more than four pages author(s) should address the following questions using the headings provided.

1. Synopsis

  • In 150 words or less, what is your special issue about? Important: Be sure to include its main themes and objectives.

2. Rationale

  • What are you proposing to do differently/more innovatively/better than has already been done on the topic (in SSJ specifically, as well as in the field more generally)?
  • Why is now the time for a special issue on this topic?
  • Why is SSJ the most appropriate venue for this topic?
  • What are the main competing works on the topic (e.g., edited books, other special issues)?

3. Qualifications

  • Why are you the right person(s) to edit a special issue on this topic? Why are you an expert in this area? What have you previously written on the topic?
  • Have you edited/co-edited a special issue before? If yes, please give the citation(s).
  • Have you edited/co-edited a book before? If yes, please give the citation(s).
  • Do you currently serve on any journal editorial boards? If yes, please list.
  • Please provide your vitae.

4. Timeline

  • 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: (a) Call for papers, (b) Submission deadline, (c) Review process, (d) Revision process, (e) Copyediting, (f) Final editing and approval from SSJ editor, (g) Completion and submission to Human Kinetics

Submitting a Manuscript

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically through ScholarOne (see submission button at the top of this page). Please access the site and follow the directions for authors submitting manuscripts. Problems can be resolved by choosing “Help” in the upper right corner of the screen.

Authors are advised to proofread the final copy carefully and to verify the accuracy of references before submitting. There are no page charges for contributors. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc.


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