Published biannually (April and October), WSPAJ is a peer-reviewed journal consisting of original research using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies, as well as theoretical papers, reviews, practical articles, book reviews, and commentaries. WSPAJ provides an international forum for scholars to address a variety of issues pertinent to women and their intersecting identities in sport and physical activity communities.
The mission of the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal is to publish research from multiple disciplines that significantly advances understanding of girls and women in sport and physical activity settings.
The journal particularly encourages work that illuminates divergent and underexamined experiences among girls and women in longstanding as well as emergent contexts for sport and physical activity.
Lori A. Gano-Overway James Madison University, USA
Donna Duffy University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Jennifer Waldron University of Northern Iowa, USA
Marlene Adrian (1992–1995)
Pamela Beehler (1996–1999)
Phyllis Love (1999–2000)
Lynda Ransdell (2000–2001)
Virginia Overdorf (2002–2005)
Vikki Krane (2005–2007)
Darlene Kluka (2008–2009)
Joy De Sense (co-editor: 2009–2010)
Athena Yiamouyiannis (co-editor: 2009–2010)
Lynda Ransdell (co-editor: 2010–2011)
Ann Boyce (co-editor: 2010–2011)
Ann Boyce (2011–2012)
Diane Gill (2014–2017)
Lori Gano-Overway (2018–2022)
Victoria Bacon, Bridgewater State University, USA
Laura Burton, University of Connecticut, USA
Theodore Butryn, San Jose State University, USA
DeAnne Davis Brooks, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Leslee Fisher, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
Jacky Forsyth, Staffordshire University, UK
Diane L. Gill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Christy Greenleaf, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Katherine M. Jamieson, California State University, Sacramento, USA
Bobbi Knapp, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Nicole LaVoi, University of Minnesota, USA
Rita Liberti, California State University, USA
Melissa A. Mache, California State University, Chico, USA
Leilani Madrigal, California State University, Long Beach, USA
Jennifer McGarry, University of Connecticut, USA
Eva Monsma, University of South Carolina, USA
Elizabeth M. Mullin, Springfield College, USA
Barbara Osborne, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Justine Reel, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA
Erin J. Reifsteck, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Jaime Schultz, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Shannon R. Siegel, University of San Francisco, USA
Alicja B Stannard, Sacred Heart University, USA
Ellen Staurowsky, Ithaca College, USA
Pamela D. Swan, Arizona State University, USA
Theresa Walton, Kent State University, USA
Laurie Wideman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Jenny Withycombe, University of Colorado, USA
E. Missy Wright, California State University East Bay, USA
Tao Zhang, University of North Texas, USA
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Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal (WSPAJ) is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to advancing our understanding of women in sport and physical activity. WSPAJ publishes scholarly articles related to women’s sport and physical activity across the full range of disciplinary perspectives. Original research using varied methodologies as well as theoretical papers, reviews, practical articles, and commentaries will be considered for publication. These manuscript types are described below.
Research manuscripts will report studies explaining the purpose, methodology, sample, results, and implications. A variety of research designs are welcomed and interdisciplinary work is encouraged.
Theoretical Papers and Reviews
Manuscripts will report a theoretical or conceptual framework or conduct a systematic review of research in a particular area of expertise.
Manuscripts will report on an evidence-based practice applied in a sport or physical activity setting with women or girls. The manuscripts will discuss the theoretical or conceptual basis for their applied work along with research supporting evidence-based practice followed by a description of the applied work and lessons learned through implementation.
Typically, manuscripts will report commentary or a response to an article recently published within WSPAJ, within the last year. The blinded manuscript will not only be reviewed like typical manuscripts but also shared with the article authors. If accepted, article authors will have the right to provide a counter response to the commentary. However, a commentary can also include manuscripts that comment on the state of women in sport or physical activity. Both types of commentary manuscripts are limited to 10 pages (all inclusive).
Manuscripts will report a review of a recently published book, within the last year. These manuscripts are limited to 10 pages (all inclusive). Further details regarding submission guidelines for book reviews is provided below.
Style and Format
In preparing manuscripts for publication in WSPAJ, authors should carefully adhere to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020). All articles must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words. Special attention should be given to the preparation and accuracy of references, and to the absence of sexist and biased language. The manuscript should be double-spaced, including the abstract, references, and any block quotations. Normally, papers should not exceed a total of 25 pages, including references, tables, and figures.
Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere or be simultaneously submitted to another journal. The manuscript order should be as follows: (1) blind title page, (2) abstract, (3) manuscript text, (4) references, and (5) tables and figures. For studies involving human participants, the author(s) must include a statement that the research was approved by the appropriate institutional review board and informed consent was obtained.
Artwork and Tables
All artwork must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines. Graphics created on standard computer programs (and submitted in .tif or .jpg formats) will be accepted; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be clear and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. In graphs, use black and white or gray shading only, no 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. 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.
Video clips may be submitted to illustrate your manuscript. Upon submission, each digital video file should be designated and uploaded as a “supplementary file.” 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 you as 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.
Video should be submitted in MPEG-4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.m4v, .mov), or Windows Media (.wmv) format with standard frame sizes of 1920 x 1080 pixels (for high definition) or 720 x 480 pixels (for standard definition) and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. 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.
Authors must submit 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 and their institutional or corporate affiliations. In addition to this essential information, a cover letter should be composed as described on pp. 382–383 of the Publication Manual of the APA (7th ed., 2020), and should include clear statements pertaining to potential fragmented publication, authorship, and other ethical considerations.
Specific Guidelines for Book Reviews
WSPAJ also publishes reviews of recent books related to women in sport and physical activity settings. Scholars who are interested in reviewing a book should contact the Editor.
Book Review Format
Book review authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020) guidelines for journal article style. 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 no more than 10 pages (including blinded title page, manuscript text, references). 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.
The content of 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.
A 100-word biographical sketch of the reviewer is provided at the end of the review which documents their expertise for completing the review.
Review for Book Review
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 reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board. Reviewers should note that submission of an unsolicited review does not guarantee publication in the journal. Reviewers may be asked to revise their reviews. The assigned Editorial Board member makes recommendations for acceptance of reviews to the Editor of the journal. The Editor 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.
In 150 words or less, what is your special issue about? Important: 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 WSPAJ specifically, as well as in the field more generally)?
Why is now the time for a special issue on this topic?
Why is WSPAJ the most appropriate venue for this topic?
What are the main competing works on the topic (e.g., edited books, other special issues)?
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.
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 WSPAJ editor, (g) Completion and submission to Human Kinetics.
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. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.
Manuscripts are read by two reviewers, with the review process taking 8–12 weeks. There are no page charges to contributors.
Please direct all correspondence concerning the journal and manuscript submissions to the WSPAJ editorial office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Submitting a Manuscript
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