All submissions should be sent to the relevant Editior ("Research" or "Applied Practice and Pedagogy"). We welcome articles, research notes, case studies, commentaries.
Individual articles are published on all aspects of sport and exercise psychology. Articles may provide a broad overview of a particular area or issue, or add a critical commentary on recent articles in SEPR. Articles concerned with the training of sport and exercise psychologists and the application and practice of sport and exercise psychology are particularly welcome, as are articles focussing on teaching sport and exercise psychology. Articles should not exceed 30 sides of A4 and should include an abstract with designated key words.
These should be limited to 1000 words and may include research studies and theoretical, critical or review comments whose essential contribution can be made briefly. A summary of not more than 50 words should be provided.
Informative reviews (1000 words maximum) of papers published in peer-reviewed journals that would be of interest to the SEPR readership are welcome. Please send a copy of the full paper to the Editor along with the Research Note.
The publication operates a policy of anonymous peer review. Articles will normally be scrutinised and commented on by at least two independent expert referees (in addition to the Editor) although the Editor may process a paper at his or her discretion. The referees will not be aware of the identity of the author. All information about authorship including personal acknowledgements and institutional affiliations should be confined to the title page (and the text should be free of such clues as identifiable self-citations, e.g. ‘In our earlier work…’).
All manuscripts must be submitted to the Editor by email and sent as an attachment compatible with Microsoft Word (for PC). If it is impossible to submit manuscripts electronically, mail one original copy with a disk version in Microsoft Word (for PC) to the editor at the address below.
The submission must include the following as separate files:
- Title page consisting of manuscript title, authors’ full names and affiliations, name and address for corresponding author.
- Full manuscript omitting authors’ names and affiliations. Figures and tables can be attached separately if necessary.
- Contributions must be typed in double spacing with 1in. margins. All sheets must be numbered.
- Tables should be typed in double spacing, each on a separate page with a selfexplanatory title. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript with their approximate locations indicated in the text. Authors are asked to keep tables to a minimum.
- Figures can be included at the end of the document or attached as separate files, carefully labelled in initial capital/lower case lettering with symbols in a form consistent with text use. Unnecessary background patterns, lines and shading should be avoided. Captions should be listed on a separate page. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi. Authors are asked to keep figures to a minimum.
- Articles containing original scientific research, review articles and case studies should include a structured abstract of up to 200 words. A list of key words should be included with the abstract.
- Overall, the presentation of papers should conform to the British Psychological Society’s Style Guide. This is based on the Publication Manual (6th ed.) of the American Psychological Association.
- Non-discriminatory language should be used throughout. Spelling should be Anglicised when appropriate. Text should be concise and written for an international readership of applied psychologists. Sensationalist and unsubstantiated views are discouraged. Abbreviations, acronyms and unfamiliar specialist terms should be explained in the text on first use.
- Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Give all journal titles in full. Referencing should follow BPS formats. For example:
Hill, K.L. (2001). Frameworks for sport psychologists: Enhancing sport performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Smith, A.L. (2007). Youth peer relationships in sport. In S. Jowett & D. Lavallee (Eds.), Social psychology in sport (pp.41–54). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Coffee, P. (2010). Attributions: Contemporary research and future directions. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 6, 6–19.
- SI units must be used for all measurements, rounded off to practical values if appropriate, with the Imperial equivalent in parentheses.
- In normal circumstances, effect size should be incorporated.
- Authors are requested to avoid the use of sexist language.
- Authors are responsible for acquiring written permission to publish lengthy quotations, illustrations, etc., for which they do not own copyright.
Please consult the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.
PDF page proofs are sent to authors via email for correction of print but not for rewriting or the introduction of new material. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit all copy published, although all reasonable attempts will be made to contact authors with regard to changes.
To protect authors and publications against unauthorised reproduction of articles, the British Psychological Society requires copyright to be assigned to itself as publisher. On acceptance of a paper, authors will be requested to sign an appropriate assignment of copyright form. The copyright form contains a section on ‘Retained Rights’ which details how authors can use the Accepted Version and Published Version of their material.
Checklist of requirements
- Abstract (100 to 200 words) with keywords
- Title page (include title, authors’ names, affiliations, full contact details).
- Full article text (double-spaced with numbered pages and anonymised).
- References (see above). Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in the manuscript and proofread again in the page proofs.
- Tables, figures, captions placed at the end of the article or attached as separate files.
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