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Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Sport Management aims to publish innovative empirical, theoretical, and review articles focused on the governance, management, and marketing of sport organizations. Submissions are encouraged from a range of areas that inform theoretical advances for the management, marketing, and consumption of sport in all its forms, and sport organizations generally. Review articles and studies using quantitative and/or qualitative approaches are welcomed.

The Journal of Sport Management publishes research and scholarly review articles; short reports on replications, test development, and data reanalysis; editorials that focus on significant issues pertaining to sport management; articles aimed at strengthening the link between sport management theory and sport management practice; and journal abstracts ("Sport Management Digest") and book reviews ("Off the Press"). Individuals interested in submitting book reviews should contact the "Off the Press" section editor: Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin, East Carolina University (, Department of Kinesiology, A-20 Minges Coliseum, Greenville, North Carolina 27858 U.S.A.

When preparing manuscripts for submission in the Journal of Sport Management, authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition; Manuscripts must be submitted in English. All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 150 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the title. If footnotes are used, they should be as few as possible and should not exceed six lines each. Figures should be created in Excel or saved as TIFF or JPEG files. All tables, figure captions, and footnotes must be grouped together on pages separate from the body of the text. Reference citations in the text must be accurate concerning dates of publication and spelling of author names, and they must cross-check with those in the reference list. Manuscripts will be summarily rejected if they do not follow the APA guidelines.

Manuscripts submitted will be judged primarily on their substantive content, but writing style, structure, and length are very important considerations. Poor presentation is sufficient reason for the rejection of a manuscript. When first received, manuscripts will be evaluated by the editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. Thus, manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible. Papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures, and appendices. However, we recognize that in rare circumstances, papers intended to make very extensive contributions may require additional space. Prior to submitting a manuscript, authors should consider the contribution-to-length ratio and ask themselves: "Is the paper long enough to cover the subject while concise enough to maintain the reader’s interest?"

Please note that a blind 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.

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while they are under review by the Journal of Sport Management, nor should they have been previously published. Manuscripts are read by reviewers, and the review process generally takes approximately 12 weeks. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of topical relevance, theoretical and methodological adequacy, and clarity of explanation and analysis. Authors should be prepared to provide the data and/or research instrument(s) on which the manuscript is based for examination if requested by the editor. Comments from reviewers concerning manuscripts, along with the editorial decision, are made available to authors. 

Questions about the journal or manuscript submission should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Professor David Shilbury, at


The Journal of Sport Management may publish Special Issues for which all or a subset of articles focus on a common theme.  Any suitably qualified scholar may submit, in response to an open call or by invitation from the Editor, a proposal for a Special Issue.  It will normally be expected that the person(s) proposing the Special Issue will be nominating themselves as Editor(s) of the Special Issue.  The Editor(s) of the Special Issue shall be called “Guest Editor(s)”. A proposal for a Special Issue must include (but need not be limited to):

  • A description of the theme to be addressed by the Special Issue.
  • Specification of the importance of the theme.
  • An indication of authors that might be expected to contribute manuscripts for publication consideration for the Special Issue.
  • Recommendations on how the Call for Papers should be circulated.
  • Full contact details (name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail) for the Guest Editor(s).

A brief vitae of the Guest Editor(s) that describes, in particular, experience related to the editorial role to be assumed (e.g. previous service on Editorial Boards and as guest reviewers).  Normally the Guest Editor will have at least one publication in JSM.

The proposal may be submitted to the Journal of Sport Management Editor or Senior Associate Editor.  Once the proposal has been received, the Editor and the Senior Associate Editor will confer to determine its status.  The proposal may be: (1) received favourably, (2) returned for clarification, after which it will be reviewed again, or (3) rejected.

Once a Special Issue has been approved, the Guest Editor(s) will undertake all the normal responsibilities of Editor with reference to the Special Issue, with the exception that any manuscripts accepted for the Special Issue will be submitted to the publisher through the Editor. The Guest Editor(s) will also provide the Editor with a file for each article submitted for the Special Issue, whether accepted, rejected, or still in revision.  The file will include: a copy of the manuscript, copies of reviews and recommendations from reviewers, and copies of all correspondence between the Guest Editor(s) and the author(s).

There may be an open Call for Papers for any Special Issue of the Journal of Sport Management, or Special Issue Guest Editors may be invited to Guest Edit a special issue.  The opportunity to submit a manuscript to be considered for a Special Issue will never be restricted only to invited authors.  The Call for Papers will allow sufficient lead time such that any author wishing to submit a manuscript can reasonably be expected to meet submission deadlines.  In order to allow adequate time for review and revisions of manuscripts, the submission deadline will be at least one year in advance of the projected publication date.

Each manuscript submitted for a Special Issue will be reviewed by two reviewers, at least two of whom are members of the Journal of Sport Management Editorial Board.  The Guest Editor will consult with the Senior Associate Editor regarding the selection of reviewers as required.  Review standards and protocols normally applied by the Journal of Sport Management will be used.  In the event that one of the authors is also a Guest Editor for the Special Issue, the review process will be coordinated by the Editor or Senior Associate Editor, rather than by the Guest Editor.  In the event that the Editor is also one of the authors, the manuscript will be handled by the Senior Associate Editor or an Associate Editor not associated with the manuscript.  An author’s name may not appear on more than two articles in a Special Issue (including the introductory article).

The Guest Editor(s) will prepare a short (typically no more than 10 pages) introductory article for the Special Issue.  The introductory article will normally give an overview of the theme, and will provide some insight into the ways that the following articles form a cohesive whole.  The Editor and Senior Associate Editor will serve as reviewers for the introductory article in order to provide advice on content and presentation.  The introductory article will not be subject to the normal review process.

If more manuscripts are accepted for publication than can be accommodated in a single issue of the journal, the Guest Editor(s) will recommend the manuscripts to be included.  The remaining manuscripts that have been accepted for publication will be provided to the Editor (via Scholar One) for inclusion in subsequent issue(s) of the journal.  If there are a sufficient number of such manuscripts, the Editor may, at his or her discretion and with the concurrence of the Senior Associate Editor, designate the subsequent issue also as a thematic issue.  In that instance, the second issue will acknowledge the role played by the Guest Editor.

In the event that reviews are pending on a manuscript at the time that the Special Issue goes to press, the Guest Editor(s) will contact the author(s) instructing that all further correspondence regarding the manuscript (including the next revision) should be sent to the Editor.  The Guest Editor(s) will provide the Editor with a file containing a copy of the most recent draft of the manuscript, copies of reviews, and copies of correspondence concerning the manuscript.  The Editor will then assume responsibility for coordinating the remainder of the revision and review process.