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Author Guidelines

Authorship Guidelines
This journal adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
b. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
c. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript.
*Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. New England Journal of Medicine, 1991, 324, 424–428.

Open Access

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the use or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. All articles will be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-ND) License.

Manuscript Guidelines
The Journal of Intercollegiate Sport (JIS) welcomes a broad range of scholarly submissions related to sport in the context of higher education. Contributions may be specifically about sport in college and university settings or about broader psychological, social, or philosophical factors that impact sport in higher education. Articles from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional fields will be accepted. Submissions that are cross-disciplinary in nature and have practical applications are encouraged.

Articles should be written for an educated, lay readership and must be nontechnical in nature. Accordingly, submissions should address topics of general interest and avoid the idiosyncratic issues and terminology of academic specializations.

Standard canons of good research will be honored in the review process. Depending on the type of research being conducted, submissions must reflect good scientific procedure, the best practices of qualitative methodologies, and/or sustained and effective argumentation. Submissions that are editorial or polemical in nature are not consistent with the mission of the journal. On the other hand, well-researched and argued essays that either challenge or support the status quo in intercollegiate sports are welcome.

Manuscripts should conform to the reference, endnote, and bibliographical style according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th Edition. Manuscripts employing alternative formats will be accepted for review, although stylistic revision will be required before publication. Manuscript length should range from 5,000 - 10,000 words, including references (excluding tables, and figures).

Please note that a double-anonymous peer 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.   When submitting, please upload a title page (separate from manuscript) that includes all author information.

All art must be professionally prepared, with clean, crisp lines, and be camera-ready; freehand or typewritten lettering will not be accepted. If photos are used, they should be black and white, clear, and show good contrast. Each figure and photo must be properly identified. In graphs, use black and white only, no shading or color. 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.

Because JIS uses a blind review process, the author’s name and institutional affiliation should appear only on the cover page, which should be uploaded as a file separate from the manuscript, and care should be taken to avoid self-identification in the text or notes. All submissions will be reviewed by a minimum of two referees. The editor reserves the right to return manuscripts without full review if any submission does not comply with basic editorial and scholarly standards of JIS.

Address all editorial inquiries to the editor:

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Your submission file should be in Microsoft Word or PDF file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references should be provided.
  • The text should follow APA format:
    • Double-spaced
    • Use a consistent 12-point font
    • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
    • APA formatting is required throughout the manuscript. Make sure to confirm your title page, formatting, in-text citations, references, and tables/figures comply with APA 7th edition.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If the submission is accepted for publication, all authors agree to the terms in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport publication agreement (
  • Title page that includes all author information needs to be uploaded as a separate file (Word of PDF).

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