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Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts are invited on a variety of applied, theoretical, and empirical research on issues pertaining to the area of applied sport science, including (but not limited to): social and natural scientific approaches to sport.

The International Journal of Applied Sports Sciences (IJASS) follows the American Psychological Association (APA, 7th ed) publication style. Notes and references should appear at the back of the manuscripts in separate sections. Manuscripts normally should not exceed 30 single-sided typewritten pages with 1-inch margins. All text should be double spaced (including abstracts, references and notes). MS Word documents preferred. Contributors should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, as well as 4-6 key words, on a separate page following the title page. The name(s) of authors should appear only on the title page. Contact information, including mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for each author must be provided on the title page. Manuscripts submitted to the IJASS should not be under review elsewhere. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication in the IJASS will be sent a more comprehensive style sheet to which they must adhere.

Contributors should submit their manuscript at this site:

Instructions for authors

Types of paper

This journal publishes Original Articles, Invited Reviews, Short Communications, and/or Case Studies. To facilitate rapid publication manuscripts should be prepared carefully in accordance with the following requirements.

The Conflict of interest is mandatory for all articles types.

Original Articles, Invited Reviews, Short Communications and/or Case Studies should be composed as follows.

• Title page• Abstract• Key words
• Introduction• Methods• Results
• Conclusion• Acknowledgements• Author Contributions
• Conflict of interest • References• Tables
• Legends• Figures

Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors. If any, as well as by the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

For all manuscripts reporting data from studies involving human participants or animals, formal review and approval, or formal review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee is required and should be described in the Methods. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. For investigations of humans, state in the Methods section the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (ie, oral or written). Editors may request that authors provide documentation of the formal review and recommendation from the institutional review board or ethics committee responsible for oversight of the study.

In case of voluntary withdrawal of the submitted manuscript from the author, the first author as well as the corresponding author cannot submit any paper within one year from the date of the withdrawal. The manuscript which is rejected by the reviewers is able to re-submit the revised manuscript after 6 months from the date of receiving the reject notification of the manuscript.


Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Online Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please e-mail to the manuscripts to the following

Title Page

The title page should include:

  • • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • • A concise and informative title
  • • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author


The abstract contains a summary of the entire paper and can be up to 250 words long. It must not contain any images or tables (although a graphical abstract may also be submitted).

In other words, give a background and the purpose of the study, a brief description of the methods, the principle results, then conclusions. Abstracts without headings should consist of a single paragraph.

This means that any abbreviations used must be defined in the abstract, and no reference can be made to the bibliography or any figures. Citations to previously published papers are not required in abstracts.


Please provide 4 to 6 key words which can be used for indexing purposes.

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

  • • Use a normal, plan font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • • Use italics for emphasis.
  • • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the page.
  • • Do not use field functions.
  • • Use tab stops or other commands for indent, not the space bar.
  • • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • • Save your file in doc or docx format.


Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.


Abbreviations should be defined at first mention. Abbreviated phrases should be written in full the first time that they are used, with the abbreviation in brackets, for example “graded exercise test (GXT)”. Abbreviations and used consistently thereafter.

Some very common abbreviations do not need to be defined—some of these are universal and others depend on your intended audience.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Author Contributions

Anyone included in the author list should have their role listed in the author contribution section. Authors can be classified as conceptualization, data curation, formal analysis, funding acquisition, investigation, project administration, validation, writing, etc. Everyone and only those satisfying one or more of these roles should be included as authors. In addition, all authors must be fully aware of and approve submission of the manuscript.

Scientific Style

Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units, SI units.


Cite references in the name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

  • • This result was later contradicted by Becker & Seligman (1996).
  • • This effect has been widely studied (Abbott, 1991; Hansberger, Schunn, & Holt, 2006; Kelso & Smith, 1998).

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors must indicate whether they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state as follows: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

References should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in the text, and each text citation should be listed in the References.

Reichle, E. D., & Laurent, P.A. (2006). Using reinforcement learning to understand the emergence of "intelligent" eye-movement behavior during reading. Psychological Review, 113, 390-408.


  • • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numbers.
  • • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numberical order.
  • • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork - photographs, line drawings, etc. - in an electronic format. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.

Electronic Figure Submission

  • • IJASS accepts electronic file artwork only.
  • • Each figure should be saved as a separate file without captions. Any figure with multiple parts should be sent as one file with each part labeled the way it is to appear in print.
  • • Files should be saved as and submitted in .tif or .eps format—jpeg, .gif.
  • • Black-and-white line art should be saved at 900–1200 dpi (dots per inch) resolution with monochrome, 1-bit color mode.
  • • Photographs, CT scans, radiographs, etc. should be saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • • Combination photo–line art and grayscale images should be saved at 600–900 dpi.
  • • Color images should be scanned in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) mode. Do not submit any figures in RGB (red, green, blue) mode.

Figure Numbering

  • • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Figure Captions

  • • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
  • • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.


If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that Springer will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.

Ethics approval of research

The International Journal of Applied Sports Sciences (IJASS) aims to ensure that all articles published in its journals report on work that is morally acceptable, and expects authors to follow the World Association’s Declaration of Helsinki. The research protocol must have been approved by the locally appointed ethics committee and informed consent must have been obtained from subjects (or their guardians).

Where there is doubt about research ethics approval, the Editor may request copies of the correspondence between the authors and the research ethics committee and may contact the Chair directly.

Scientific misconduct

There are differing definitions of scientific misconduct. We deal with these problems at the IJASS on a case by case basis while following guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

WAME gives a useful overview of misconduct, using a slightly amended version of the US Office of Research Integrity definition of scientific misconduct and including these behaviors:

  • Falsification of data: Ranges from fabrication to deceptive reporting of findings and omission of conflicting data, or suppression and/or distortion of data.
  • Plagiarism: The appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work.
  • Improprieties of authorship: Improper assignment of credit, such as excluding others, misrepresentation of the same material as original in more than one publication, inclusion of individuals as authors who have not made a definite contribution to the work published or submission of multi-authored publications without the concurrence of all authors.
  • Conflict of Interest: Financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state as follows: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: An important aspect of scholarly activity is the exchange of ideas among colleagues. Scholars can acquire novel ideas from others during the process of reviewing grant applications and manuscripts. However, improper use of such information can constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results.
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biological or chemical materials.
  • Inappropriate behavior in relation to misconduct: Including but not limited to unfounded or knowingly false accusations of misconduct, failure to report known or suspected misconduct, withholding of information relevant to a claim or misconduct and retaliation against persons involved in the allegation or investigation.
  • • Many journals also include redundant publication and duplicate publication, lack of declaration of competing interests and of funding/sponsorship, and other failures of transparency to be forms of misconduct.

What we do at IJASS if we suspect such misconduct?

  • • We take seriously all possible misconduct.
  • • If an editor has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behavior, we may discuss the case in confidence with the IJASS Ethics Committee.
  • • If the case cannot be resolved by discussion with the author(s) and the editor still has concerns, the editor may report the case to the appropriate authorities. If, during the course of reviewing an article, the editor is alerted to possible problems (for example, fraudulent data) in another publication, the editor may contact the journal in which the previous publication appeared to raise concern.

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Print ISSN: 1598-2939
Online ISSN: 2233-7946

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