Description

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology ® is the official publication of APA Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology). The journal publishes papers in all areas of sport, exercise, and performance psychology for applied scientists and practitioners.

This journal is committed to publishing evidence that supports the application of psychological principles to facilitate peak sport performance, enhance physical activity participation, and achieve optimal human performance. Published papers include experimental studies, correlational studies, evaluation studies, and qualitative research. In addition, historical papers, critical reviews, case studies, brief reports, critical evaluations of policies and procedures, and position statements will be considered for publication.

The journal is divided into three sections.

  • Sport Psychology addresses the interactions between psychology and sport performance, including the psychological aspects of optimal athletic performance, the psychological care and well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, and the connection between physical and psychological functioning.
  • Exercise Psychology publishes research on the behavioral, social cognitive, and psychobiological antecedents and consequences of physical activity with a focus on the adoption and maintenance of physical activity and its effects on psychological well-being.
  • Performance Psychology focuses on the psychology of human performance, in particular, professions that demand excellence in psychomotor performance (i.e., performing arts, surgery, firefighting, law enforcement, military operations, etc.). Also addressed are work environments in which teamwork and motivation are important to human performance.

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology emphasizes original research manuscripts and their potential scientific impact that progresses our understanding of human behavior in sport, exercise, and performance.

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Editor

Maria Kavussanu
University of Birmingham

Associate Editors

Daniel Gucciardi
Curtin University

Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis
University of Thessaly

Diane E. Mack
Brock University

Brett Smith
University of Birmingham

Sarah Ullrich-French
Washington State University

Consulting Editors

Anthony Amorose
Illinois State University

Sue Backhouse
Leeds Beckett University

Vassilis Barkoukis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mark Beauchamp
University of British Columbia

Britt Brewer
Springfield College

Jennifer Brunet
University of Ottawa

Derwin Chan
The University of Hong Kong

David Conroy
Northwestern University

Peter Crocker
University of British Columbia

James Dimmock
The University of Western Australia

Panteleimon Ekkekakis
Iowa State University

Chris Englert
University of Bern

Jennifer Etnier
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Mark Eys
Wilfrid Laurier University

David Fletcher
Loughborough University

Mary Fry
University of Kansas

Lori A. Gano-Overway
Bridgewater College

Diane Gill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bradley Hatfield
University of Maryland

Andrew P. Hill
York St John University

Ken Hodge
University of Otago

Thelma Horn
Miami University

Ben Jackson
The University of Western Australia

Christopher M. Janelle
University of Florida

Camilla Knight
Swansea University

Anthony Kontos
University of Pittsburgh

Kent Kowalski
University of Saskatchewan

Jeffrey J. Martin
Wayne State University

Meghan McDonough
University of Calgary

Kerry McGannon
Laurentian University

Alexandre J. S. Morin
Australian Catholic University

Athanasios Mouratidis
Hacettepe University

Raoul Oudejans
University of Amsterdam

Eleanor Quested
Curtin University

Markus Raab
German Sport University Cologne

Christopher Ring
University of Birmingham

Claudio Robazza
University of Chieti

Tatiana Ryba
University of Jyvaskyla

Catherine M. Sabiston
University of Toronto

Alan L. Smith
Michigan State University

Natalia Stambulova
Halmstad University

Ian Taylor
Loughborough University

Philip M. Wilson
Brock University

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Submission

Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Submit Manuscript

Maria Kavussanu
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology
School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom
Email

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Manuscripts

The page limit for submissions is 30 pages for quantitative submissions and 34 pages for qualitative submissions. The page limit is inclusive of all parts of the manuscript, including the cover page, abstract, text, references, tables and figures.

Manuscripts must also include line numbers to aid in the review process.

Submissions that exceed the page limits will be returned to the author for shortening prior to the initiation of peer review.

All statistical tests should include effect sizes whenever possible.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) . Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material

We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article

If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.

Tables

Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support prior to submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

Please note that APA does not endorse or take responsibility for the service providers listed. It is strictly a referral service.

Use of such service is not mandatory for publication in an APA journal. Use of one or more of these services does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication in any APA journal.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

References

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

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Figures

Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure

Permissions

Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Concussion in Sport, Exercise, and Performance

    Special issue of the APA journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, Vol. 6, No. 3, August 2017. The papers reflect the growing emphasis on concussion as a heterogeneous injury that is multidimensional, involving multiple clinical profiles, symptoms, and impairment.

  • Parenting in Sport

    Special issue of the APA journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2016. Articles contribute to the professional knowledge base and understanding related to the needs and experiences of parents supporting their children in a variety of competitive sports and cultures, as well as through specific transitions and critical moments.