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Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise

Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise

Editor-in-Chief: Yang Hu

ISSN: 2096-6709 (print version)
ISSN: 2662-1371 (electronic version)

Journal no. 42978

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Manuscript submission 

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.

Permissions

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 been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should preferably be submitted in the original file format. Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right to open an e-mail to the editor and attach the files.
Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.

Submission Types

In addition to original investigations, the journal publishes reviews, commentary, letters to the editor and debate on topics of current interest.
  • Original Article
Studies that are of high scientific quality and that are of interest to the diverse readership of the journal. Manuscripts should include an abstract and appropriate experimental details to support the conclusions. Original Articles should be no more than 4000 words and should not include more than 6 display items (tables and/or figures) or more than 60 references.
  • Reviews
Review articles have a word limit of 6000 words excluding abstract, references, tables and figures. Review articles are limited to 75 references. Authors of review articles shall be established, recognized experts in the field.
  • Systematic and Meta-Analytic Reviews
Systematic and Meta-analytic reviews attempt to provide a penetrating overview of primary research on a particular research question by identifying, choosing, synthesizing and evaluating all high-quality research evidence relevant to the question or topic of the review in order to answer it. Key points:
1. Systematic reviews seek to find, categorize, and report all evidence that fits previously established eligibility criteria in order to address a specific research question.
2. The goal of systematic reviews is to reduce bias by using clearly defined, systematic methods to evaluate the quality of studies included in the review.
These methods should be followed and additionally there should be evidence (reputable publications, the more the better) that at least one of the authors is him/herself proficient/a recognized expert in the content area of the review. Also, these reviews should arrive at meaningful conclusions that resolve important controversies. These conclusions should be based on more than a small handful of studies. A conclusion that more research is needed is not sufficient. Systematic reviews may include a meta-analytic component.
Meta-analysis involves the synthesis of several studies into a single statistical analysis with the goal of developing a single quantitative estimate or summary effect size. Similarly to comments above for systematic reviews, appropriate methods for meta-analysis should be followed and additionally there should be evidence (reputable publications, the more the better) that at least one of the authors is him/herself proficient/a recognized expert in the content area of the meta-analysis. Just as for systematic reviews, meta-analyses should arrive at meaningful conclusions that resolve important controversies. These conclusions should be based on more than a small handful of studies. A conclusion that more research is needed is not sufficient.
  • Commentary/Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor is a commentary on articles that have been published in the journal within the previous 6 months. They should contain no more than 1000 words of text, no more than one display item (figure or table) and a maximum of 15 references.
Commentary articles do not have an abstract. If the letter is accepted for publication, a copy will be sent to the author of the original article with an invitation to submit a rebuttal that will be published with the letter.
Commentary/letter responses will be held to the same length and reference requirements.

Title page 

Title Page

The title page should include:
  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise informative title
  • The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)
If address information is provided with the affiliation(s) it will also be published.
For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated we will only capture their city and country of residence, not their e-mail address unless specifically requested.

Abstract

Please provide a structured abstract of 150 to 250 words which should be divided into the following sections:
  • Purpose (stating the main purposes and research question)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Keywords

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

Text 

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
Manuscripts with mathematical content can also be submitted in LaTeX.

Headings

Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Footnotes

Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.
Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Text Structure

  • Introduction
1. State clearly the purpose and hypothesis of the study
2. Provide relevant references
3. Do not exhaustively review the subject
  • Methods
1. Present subject information
2. Describe the experimental subjects and their controls
3. Insert “written informed consent” statement or animal-use statement and ethics committee approval statement (required) (see “Human & Animal Experimentation Policy Statements”)
4. Identify the methods, apparatus, and procedures employed with sufficient details to allow others to reproduce the results
5. Provide references for established methods and statistical procedures
6. Provide rationale for use and include a description of possible limitations for utilized methods not well known
7. Denote statistical significance when appropriate and include detailed statistical analyses, mathematical derivation, or computer programs as supplemental digital content (SDC).
  • Results
1. Present findings of the study in the text, tables, or figures
2. Do not include the same data in tables and figures
  • Discussion
1. Emphasize the original and important features of the study and avoid repeating all the data presented within the results section
2. Incorporate the significance of the findings and the relationship(s) and relevance to published observations
3. Provide only those conclusions that are supported by the study

References 

Citation

Cite references in the text in alphabetical order first, and chronological order second. Some examples:
1. Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
2. This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
3. This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 2002; Barakat et al. 1995a, b; Kelso and Smith 1990; Medvec et al. 1999, 2000).

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 or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.
  • Journal article
    Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S, Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol 105:731-738. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-008-0955-8
    Ideally, the names of all authors should be provided, but the usage of “et al” in long author lists will also be accepted:
    Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325–329
  • Article by DOI
    Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. https://doi.org/10.1007/s001090000086
  • Book
    South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London
  • Book chapter
    Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257
  • Online document
    Doe J (1999) Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document.
    Accessed 15 Jan 1999
Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see
For authors using EndNote, Springer provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.

Tables 

  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical 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.

Artwork and Illustrations Guidelines 

Electronic Figure Submission

  • Supply all figures electronically.
  • Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
  • For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MSOffice files are also acceptable.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
  • Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.

Line Art

Line BW
  • Definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
  • Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size.
  • All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide.
  • Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Halftone Art

Halftone gray color
  • Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine shading, etc.
  • If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
  • Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Combination Art

Combined
  • Definition: a combination of halftone and line art, e.g., halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering, color diagrams, etc.
  • Combination artwork should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Color Art

  • Color art is free of charge for online publication.
  • If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not distinguishable from one another when converted to black and white. A simple way to check this is to make a xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions between the different colors are still apparent.
  • If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in the captions.
  • Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).

Figure Lettering

  • To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
  • Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
  • Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
  • Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
  • Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.

Figure Numbering

  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,
    "A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices (Electronic Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered separately.

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.
  • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
  • No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
  • 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.

Figure Placement and Size

  • Figures should be submitted separately from the text, if possible.
  • When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
  • For large-sized journals the figures should be 84 mm (for double-column text areas), or 174 mm (for single-column text areas) wide and not higher than 234 mm.
  • For small-sized journals, the figures should be 119 mm wide and not higher than 195 mm.

Permissions

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.

Accessibility

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that
  • All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
  • Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for conveying information (colorblind users would then be able to distinguish the visual elements)
  • Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1

Electronic Supplementary Material 

Springer accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.
Before submitting research datasets as electronic supplementary material, authors should read the journal’s Research data policy. We encourage research data to be archived in data repositories wherever possible.

Submission

  • Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.
  • Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • To accommodate user downloads, please keep in mind that larger-sized files may require very long download times and that some users may experience other problems during downloading.

Audio, Video, and Animations

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 or 4:3
  • Maximum file size: 25 GB
  • Minimum video duration: 1 sec
  • Supported file formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp

Text and Presentations

  • Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.
  • A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.

Spreadsheets

  • Spreadsheets should be submitted as .csv or .xlsx files (MS Excel).

Specialized Formats

  • Specialized format such as .pdb (chemical), .wrl (VRML), .nb (Mathematica notebook), and .tex can also be supplied.

Collecting Multiple Files

  • It is possible to collect multiple files in a .zip or .gz file.

Numbering

  • If supplying any supplementary material, the text must make specific mention of the material as a citation, similar to that of figures and tables.
  • Refer to the supplementary files as “Online Resource”, e.g., "... as shown in the animation (Online Resource 3)", “... additional data are given in Online Resource 4”.
  • Name the files consecutively, e.g. “ESM_3.mpg”, “ESM_4.pdf”.

Captions

  • For each supplementary material, please supply a concise caption describing the content of the file.

Processing of supplementary files

  • Electronic supplementary material will be published as received from the author without any conversion, editing, or reformatting.

Accessibility

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your supplementary files, please make sure that
  • The manuscript contains a descriptive caption for each supplementary material
  • Video files do not contain anything that flashes more than three times per second (so that users prone to seizures caused by such effects are not put at risk)

After acceptance 

Upon acceptance of your article you will receive a link to the special Author Query Application at Springer’s web page where you can sign the Copyright Transfer Statement online and indicate whether you wish to order OpenChoice and offprints.
Once the Author Query Application has been completed, your article will be processed and you will receive the proofs.

Offprints

Offprints can be ordered by the corresponding author.

Color illustrations

Publication of color illustrations is free of charge.

Proof reading

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor.
After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.

Online First

The article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the official first publication citable with the DOI. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.

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  • Aims and Scope

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    Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise (SSEJ) is an international double-blind peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of sport and physical activities. The journal publishes articles focusing on molecular, cellular, tissue, system and the whole-body response to a broad definition of physical activities. Submissions related to elite athletes, traditional cultural physical activities and exercise for health promotion are also welcome.

     

    The Journal publishes original research article, review, commentary, and letter to the editor. The topics include but not limited to:

    • Physiological characteristics and training monitoring for elite athlete
    • Talent identification and selection for sport
    • Training program for competitive capacity
    • Sports equipment and performance and health
    • Adaptations to sport participation at all levels and all ages
    • Diets promoting increased sport performance and health
    • Dietary supplementation promoting increased sport performance and health
    • Exercise prescription promoting health benefits
    • Acute response to exercise training
    • Adaptations to the long-term performance of exercise training
    • Adaptations to cultural traditional exercise
    • Adaptations to physical activity in various disease states
    • Adaptations to physical activity of children and adolescents
    • Motor learning & control
    • Sports injury prevention & rehabilitation
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