• New Issue & Journal Updates – Journal of Intercollegiate Sport


    JIS Community,

    I hope everyone is having a great spring semester. We have lots of new information to provide to our community.

    First, I am happy to announce that our first issue of the 2024 year has now been published. We’ve had a growing number and quality of submissions to JIS, which is showcased by the excellent and diverse set of topics in our new issue.

    New Issue

    Examining the framing of mental health in Division I student-athlete handbooks
    David Cassilo, Jimmy Sanderson

    Examining Faculty Perspectives on the Role and Value of Intercollegiate Athletics
    Molly Harry, Daniel Springer

    Good student-athlete representation
    Vicki Schull, Lisa A. Kihl 

    “We are the minority”: Latinx student-athletes experiences within their Predominantly White Institutions
    Melody Alanis, George B. Cunningham, Natasha T. Brison

    Identity Dynamics in Collegiate Olympic Athletes Post-Tokyo 2020: A Pre-Post Study
    Grace Kazmierski-Davie, Khalid Ballouli

    Reframing the Service Environment in Collegiate Sport: A Transformative Sport Service Research Approach
    Yiqi Yang, Erika Gray, Keita Kinoshita, Eric MacIntosh

    Journal Updates

    I wanted to provide everyone with an update on journal activities, as we have stayed active in the second half of 2023. Lots of great nuggets!

    • New Associate Editor
    • Editorial Board Changes
    • DOAJ
    • Web of Science
    • Journal Data
    • Future Plans

    New Associate Editor - Pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Taylor (Temple University) has joined the journal as Associate Editor. She has been an EOB member for some years and has published multiple times at JIS. I have collaborated with Dr. Taylor many times in the past, so I fully expect a strong rapport with her throughout her term and us maintaining the aggressive timeline set last year.

    Editorial Board Changes - Several editorial board changes were made last year. This year, some smaller changes were made based on excellent guest reviews and submission trends. We have added Dominque Kropp (Xavier University) and Nataliya Bredikhina (University of Kansas) to the board. There is a need for an extra 1-3 board members. Of particular interest are individuals who have expertise in athletic identity, NIL, and academics. If you are interested in being a guest reviewer, please e-mail me ( and provide some details on your research expertise. Happy to support opportunities for doctoral students as well, as we already use them as our review team and the editorial staff provides them further feedback on their review.

    DOAJ - Our journal was approved and listed on the Directory of Open-Access Journal repository. This included revisions and review of our submission guidelines and author permissions for published papers. This is an important component for our pledge towards open access and provides us with an important distinction on author control and journal accessibility.

    Web of Science - We are in the beginning stages of being listed on Web of Science. The long-term goal is to achieve an impact factor and make the journal more attractive to researchers and more valuable to authors in their tenure, promotion, or merit reviews. We will try to provide more updates later this year.

    Journal Data- If you are still reading at this point, let’s nerd out for a moment and talk about journal data. First, JIS is the 4th most downloaded journal with the KU Press journal portfolio (out of 56). Next, we set several (good!) records this past year; the 2023 year had (a) the most submissions received, shortest timeframe to first decision, total completed reviews, shortest average timeframe of completed review, shortest days to accept, and shortest days to reject. Here is the breakdown of journal data:

    2023 Journal Data

    Submissions Received: 63 (highest ever, up 21% from last year)
    Acceptance Rate: 26% (JIS historical acceptance rate is 28%)
    Days to First Decision: 4 (lowest ever, down 50%)
    Completed Reviews: 125 (highest ever, up 56% from last year)
    Articles Published: 16 (second highest since KU Press, up 60% from last year)

    Days to Accept: 175 (shortest timeframe ever, down 30% from last year)
    Days to Reject: 38 (shortest timeframe ever, down 62% from last year)

    Average Days for Completed Review: 24.53 (shortest timeframe ever, down 36% from last year)

    I plan on tracking these data points every year to maintain journal health and identify areas that need to be improved. Thanks to our EOB, guest reviewers, authors, and KU Press staff for helping us make big strides in performance this past year.

    Future Plans -Here are a few things being planned for the future:

    • We’ve been told that website changes will be upcoming. I believe these website changes will alter how the JIS website looks when it’s rolled out, but this is still TBD.
    • The journal will consider a 2025 special issue. If you have a topic, please reach out to us.
      • It will be important for the journal to have special issue editors that will maintain the quick response rate set in 2023 and maintain consistent communication between submitting authors, reviewers, and the JIS
    • Changes to the manuscript guidelines. This summer we are going to review all manuscript guidelines and do a full revamp, if necessary. If you have feedback on what you would like to see or how we can do things differently, we want to hear from you!
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  • New Issue - Journal of Intercollegiate Sport




    Our third and final issue this year for Journal of Intercollegiate Sport has been published. We had four excellent articles published in this issue. Each has been provided via link below. You’ll notice our new logos have been implemented for the first time in this issue. I’ll provide another update around the end of 2023 with journal statistics and various updates we have in the works. We'll try to have these posted on our new Twitter handle soon. In the meantime, if you could follow the handle (@JofInterSport), it would be much appreciated. Thanks again to the authors for our new articles, our editorial board, and guest reviewers.


    Chasing Stars: Racial Tasking of Recruiting Responsibilities among Power-5 Football Coaches

    Chris Corr, Trevor Bopp, Christopher Atwater, & Calvin Nite



    Tutor Perceptions of Division I College Athletes

    Molly Harry & Amanda Hoffman



    The Upward Mobility Potential in U.S. Intercollegiate Athletics: A Critical Examination of NCAA Division I College Baseball Players’ Hometown Demographics

    Kirsten Hextrum & Jeremy Kim



    Factors that Influence the Academic Success of College Athletes Participating in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

    Katie Moleski, B. David Ridpath, & Lijing Yang

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  • Journal Updates (7.16.23)


    JIS Community,


    I’ll try to make these announcements on a semi-annual basis. We’ve undergone many changes at Journal of Intercollegiate Sport recently, so I wanted to provide an update. First, I want to thank many of you for the well wishes on my recent appointment at EIC. I’ve been grateful for the excellent mentorship provided by Dr. Welty Peachey since I joined as associate editor a year ago and the foundation provided by the previous JIS editors since its creation in 2008.


    Like many of you, the timing of the journal’s creation and my research agenda has meant that JIS has been especially important for me as a scholarly outlet. My goal is to position the journal to being at the forefront of choices for authors publishing and the readership interested in the college sport industry. Here are some of the changes we have implemented recently at JIS.


    • Review Board
    • Pilot with SMGT Doc Programs
    • Review Time Shortened from Three to One Month
    • Logo Changes
    • Jitterbug
    • Social Media
    • Smaller Changes
    • Future Plans


    • We have recently implemented several review board changes.
      • Twelve editorial board members were rotated off and six new members were added. The six new additions are Drs. Lisa Rubin, Sayvon Foster, Ajhanai Keaton, Liz Taylor, David Pifer, and Charles Macaulay. These changes are allowing a new set of folks to review scholarship at JIS and providing greater coverage of recent topics being submitted to the journal. A few more review board members will be added in 2024. Happy to add these new folks to the journal!
    • Created a pilot program with sport management/administration doctoral programs where advanced stage doctoral students are given an opportunity to be a reviewer.
      • Article reviews are often an under-prepared experience for doctoral students. From talking to doc students and new PhDs, there is a lot of mystery of what is expected from reviewing a journal article and the best approach.
      • Our approach has been reaching out to handful of doctoral granting institutions, collecting names of students who the program believes are more prepared for reviewing and have the time availability to complete them, collecting information on their expertise, and partnering them with experienced board members. Once the student has submitted their review, I provide them feedback on their submission, and I also share the other reviewer’s feedback. So far this has been a successful program that will continue in 2024.
    • Review time windows has been reduced from three months to one month.
      • This change was done for three reasons – (1) this is advantageous for authors, (2) it makes the journal as competitive as possible for authors deciding on a journal outlet, and (3) early reviewer data is showing the great majority of reviewers are completing their reviews in a 30-day window already. We have been slowly integrating this over the past 18 months to good results. I’ll be sharing our review data at the end of the year.
    • Logo changes
      • You’ll notice on the website and our new social media (via Twitter) account that we have created new logos for the journals. It was time to explore new branding for the journal that was functional as a brand on new journal articles (going forward) and social media friendly. There are three new logos: (a) for the website, (b) for social media/thumbnails, and (c) for published articles. These were designed with scoreboard aesthetics, particularly a nod to the old-school bulb scoreboards, creating a connection between our logo and a standard structure within college sport.
    • Jitterbug integration for each article
      • All article webpages now have an application called Jitterbug that is providing month-by-month counting stats for article downloads. This will provide faculty a statistical tool for supporting your research’s impact. Here is an example article webpage, just scroll down and you’ll see the download graphic:
    • Social Media
    • Smaller changes
      • Switched from the page numbers resetting from every issue to every volume.
      • Authors will be asked to submit their references from before submission to after acceptance. You still need to include references with your manuscript, this was a separate action.
    • Future Plans
      • We have a meeting with KU Press soon to start the process to becoming a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This work will take place later this summer and into the fall semester.
      • I’m exploring a manuscript guidelines refresh for authors. I’ll wait until we get feedback from DOAJ on what’s needed on our website before starting this process.
      • As mentioned earlier, I have been digging through some of the KU Press reports to collect year-by-year data on journal statistics, such as submissions, completed reviews, time to acceptance, average review time, etc. I have all the data from 2019 (transition to KU Press) to current, but I’ll wait until 2023 has closed before releasing everything.
      • I’ll look to add an Associate Editor in the fall semester.
      • I’m cautiously exploring a special issue topic for 2025. We’ll want assurances that potential guest editors have a timely topic, assurances of sticking to deadlines, and it fits within our purpose.


    I know it’s a long e-mail, so I appreciate those of you who stuck through this update to the end. Again, I really appreciate the leadership of the past editors and support provided by the editorial board members since the journal’s inception. We hope these changes will position the journal for further, great success moving forward.

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  • New Issue - Journal of Intercollegiate Sport




    We just published our second issue this year for Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. This is also our first issue since our editorial board changes. Dr. Welty Peachy has transitioned to the Editor Emeriti role and Dr. Huml has become our new Editor-in-Chief. We also are in midst of editorial board changes that will be finalized in the coming months. If you’re interested in being an EB member, especially if you are a faculty member at a teaching/hybrid institution, or a practitioner working within the alt-ac sport community, please e-mail


    Support to Classify Intercollegiate Athletics Participation as a High Impact Practice

    Molly Harry


    Analyzing the Mediating Effects of Social Capital and Sense of Community Between International Student’s College Sports Team Identification and Acculturation

    Kibaek Kim, Sarah Stokowski, Alison Fridley, & Jinwook Han


    Examining Associations of Coping Strategies with Stress, Alcohol, and Substance use among College Athletes: Implications for Improving Athlete Coping

    Brandon A. Knettel, Emily M. Cherenack, Conner Rougier-Chapman, & Courtney Bianchi-Rossi


    Athletic Conference Consideration for Adding New Sports Post-COVID

    Sloane Milstein, Julie Lanzillo, & Zack Damon


    #USportsSoMale: Gender (In)equity in Canadian Interuniversity Varsity Sport

    Daniel B. Robinson, Charlene Weaving, & Christa Spicer



    Matt Huml, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport
    School of Human Services
    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH 45221

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