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Instructions for Authors

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Aims and Scope

Research in Sports Medicine is a broad journal that aims to bridge the gap between all professionals in the fields of sports medicine. The journal serves an international audience and is of interest to professionals worldwide. The journal covers major aspects of sports medicine and sports science - prevention, management, and rehabilitation of sports, exercise and physical activity related injuries, and occupational problems. The journal pub-lishes original research utilizing a wide range of techniques and approaches, reviews, com-mentaries and short communications.

Submission of Manuscripts

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts through email to Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement transferring the copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Authors are asked to submit with the manuscript the names, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses of three individuals that would be suitable independent reviewers.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Length: The maximum preferred length is 25 units, where a unit is one typewritten page of prescribed format or one figure. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more that 150 words in descriptive format. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and references to the text. Abstracts should be accompanied by three to five keywords that will facilitate indexing and data retrieval purposes.

Normally, the page length is limited to 16 double spaced pages that are to include the title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgements, tables, references and figure captions, but not figures themselves. A maximum of three figures are accepted.


Cite references within the text based on the name-year system of CBE style, e.g., either “In their article, Smith and Jones (1981) discuss...” or “It has been shown (Smith and Jones 1981).” Use et al. when the number of authors is more than 3. The full list of references should be collected at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Examples:

Draper NR, Smith H (1981) Applied Regression Analysis (2nd Edition). New York: John Wiley. p 15-20.
Manton KG, Stallard E, Vaupel J (1981) Methods for comparing the mortality experience of heterogeneous populations. Demography 18(3): 389-410.


Use sparingly if at all. Any note of acknowledgement or author identification will appear on the opening page of the paper as a footnote.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend, and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled and captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author’s name, and top edge indicated.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on journal page; EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only; and submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files. Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality color prints or files should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.


Each corresponding author of the article will receive 3 complimentary copies of the issue in which the article appears. Reprints of individual articles are available for order at the time authors review page proofs. A discount on reprints is available to authors who order before print publication.

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