The Sport Journal often receives requests to reprint articles. The editorial board is pleased to extend the reach of the journal’s content. Those seeking permission to reprint must fill out and submit the Permission to Reprint Form, which allows the Journal to manage necessary copyright policies.
The articles published in The Sport Journal are not intended to replace the advice of a physician and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of the United States Sports Academy or the journal’s editors or editorial board members. The United States Sports Academy accepts students regardless of age, race, gender, religion, disability or national origin.
Payments are accepted in the form of a check and should be made payable to the United States Sports Academy, or simply USSA, and mailed to:
The Sport Journal Editor
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If you prefer, you may pay via a credit card or Western Union. Please contact the Academy at 251-626-3303 for assistance with this form of payment.
A cover letter should accompany all submissions and must include a statement indicating that the submitted article is not under consideration nor will it be submitted to any other journal. Additionally, authors should indicate that the article as a whole or in-part is their own work and is not published or being considered elsewhere.
The Editorial Board of The Sport Journal weighs the merits of articles submitted for publication in terms of eight criteria:
Research manuscripts submitted to The Sport Journal should be divided into the following sections:
Should include the title of the article, running head, the full names and institutional affiliations of all authors, and the corresponding author should be identified with a complete mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. The major category should be identified on the title page:
Blind Title Page
Should only include the title of the article and running head.
The abstract should not exceed 350 words. Research article abstracts should include the following sections: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Applications in Sport. Be brief and concise and include only the important findings and outcomes and how they relate to sport. A list of four to six Key Words should follow the abstract.
Should be a brief review of the topics being presented and how they relate to your study purpose and hypothesis. The main focus of this section is to give a brief background of your topic and explain why your paper/research is necessary. This section is typically one to three pages double spaced and highly referenced. The end of this section should include a statement of what the article will include and/or a purpose and hypotheses.
Should clearly include the complete study design referencing when necessary and include the setting, type of participants and/or type and location of the database, what methods were used, what type of statistics were used. This section should also include a statement regarding the subjects’ consent to participate when appropriate.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
The results and discussion sections can be grouped into one section or be separated into two sections. Results should include raw statistical findings including figures and tables. All statistical significance levels should be reported (i.e. p < 0.05). The discussion should describe how your results and findings answer the research questions established in the introduction. The discussion should also include your findings related to your hypotheses and how they compare and add to the current literature.
This section should summarize your findings and the overall importance and significance of your research results.
APPLICATIONS IN SPORT
This section should be written to the audience for whom your paper is intended. Such as a coach, trainer, athlete, parent, etc. This is the most important section because it unites your research findings with the practitioners. Put yourself in the shoes of your readers and clearly explain how your findings can and/or will impact them.
Use this section for acknowledging individuals that assisted with your research who are not authors. Also, declare any funding sources for your research.
In this section you should also disclose any financial and/or non-financial conflicts of interest. This includes any monetary reimbursement, salary, and/or stocks or shares in a company who may financially gain from the publication of this manuscript. This also includes patents related to the topics in the published article.
The referencing style used for The Sport Journal is modified from the American Psychological Association (Current Edition from APA.org). References are identical to those published in the current APA Publication Manual with the addition of a reference number left of each reference. The order of references should be alphabetical as determined using the APA.org criteria (first author’s last name, etc.). Citations should include the reference number in parentheses (1). Three or more consecutive citations should include the first and last citation with a hyphen (1-4). Non-consecutive citations should be separated with a comma (1,3), and both methods should be used when using consecutive and non-consecutive references (1-4,6).
When using an author’s name please use et al. if more than two authors are reported in the reference and use the appropriate reference number after the name. For example, authors Smith and Jones could be used in the sentence “In 2009, Smith and Jones (8) discovered…”. If there are more than two authors in the Smith article the sentence would read “In 2009, Smith et al. (8) discovered…”.
FIGURE LEGENDS (if applicable)
All figures that do not include legends should have their legends written in this section. This includes all figures, such as graphs and pictures.
TABLES WITH CAPTIONS
All tables should be included in this section and should be in the form of an MS Word document (doc). MS Excel files are not acceptable. All tables should be numbered based on the order you expect them to appear in the manuscript.
Figures should be submitted as a jpg or ppt. All figures should be numbered based on the order you expect them to appear in the manuscript.
Final figures should be approximately the following sizes:
Non-research manuscripts (book and other reviews, methodologies, letter to the editors, and commentaries) do not require all the sections listed above. However, it is strongly encouraged that authors utilize and organize their manuscripts to include as many sections as possible from the list above. All sections should be in all capital letters and bold. Subheadings should be identified on their own line using italics. If multiple subheadings are used the first subheading should be in lowercase bold and the next subheading under that subheading should be in italics.
An example of a complete submission can be found here. Feel free to use this article as a template when preparing your manuscript.