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International Journal of Sports Science and Performance (IJSSP) publishes scientific articles in English only. The journal publishes regular issues which constitute papers submitted by authors and peer reviewed by external experts in the respective fields. The journal also publishes special issues which are invited by the editor in chief or invited editor on a specific theme.

Refer to the call for papers section for updated information.

Field of interest

The subject areas for publication will include, but not limited to:

  • Exercise and sports physiology
  • Exercise and sport Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Pedagogy
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Sports Engineering
  • Sports Analytics
  • Sports Training
  • Coaching and Performance.

Types of manuscripts:

The journal accepts original articles, short reports, letters, review articles (well-referenced synthesis), commentaries and case studies.

Original articles: High quality original research works that embody scientific advances in sports science and its application.  Manuscripts should include abstract and follow the manuscript guidelines as per latest APA format.  Original articles should not be more than 6000 words which include an abstract of not more than 250 words, maximum of 6 tables and figures, and up to 60 references


Short reports: Brief reports of original studies with a length not exceeding 3000 words including abstract (200 words), with no more than 3 tables and/or figures. Other directions for manuscript submission need to be followed.


Letters to the Editor: Preliminary report or short communication that can be written on topics with the intention of complimenting, critiquing, informing, or communicating significant and interesting information which are attractive to the readers. Letters should not be more than 1000 words of text, 1 display item (table/figure) and maximum of 10 references.


Review articles: Systematic and exhaustive reviews, meta-analyses, and narrative reviews of the literature within the aim and scope of the journal and sub themes of respective issues with a structure abstract and standard formatting as per manuscript submission guidelines. Length of review articles should not exceed 6,000 words and should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, a maximum of 5 tables and figures (total), and up to 75 references.


Commentaries: A commentary may be invited by the chief editor or spontaneously submitted. Short articles covering a contemporary issue either related to the important aspect of research practice or a critical comment of recently published work.  Authors are encouraged to enterintocommunication with the Editor-in-Chief before preparation or submission of the commentary. If accepted they need to be brief and tightly focused. Commentary of published works will be shared with respective authors, who will have the opportunity to respond.


Case studies: Specific clinical and unique case studies or case reports supporting the sports science practitioners work with athletes are encouraged for submission. Novel case study reports that make a distinct scientific contribution not exceeding 4000 words which include an abstract of 150 words, a maximum of 3 tables/figures and up to 25 references.


Submission to this journal:

Submission to International Journal of Sports Science and Performance is online. To submit your articles, visit the journals home page at and click on the paper submission link.

All manuscripts submitted are subjected to peer review by experts. All correspondence regarding the status of the article submitted, editors’ comments and decisions, request for revision takes place through the author login and via email. The journal does not guarantee publication before the editorial board makes its final decision.


Articles submitted should:

  • Meet the mission of the journal and/or be based on the specific themes as per the call for papers.
  • Be precise and concise and provide new, interesting, and valuable and applicable information.
  • Be solely the work of the author(s) as stated.
  • Not been previously published and not be under consideration by another journal.
  • Be in accordance with the guidelines provided.


Manuscript submission guidelines:

Format and structure: Manuscripts should be submitted online in Microsoft word format with the text being Times New Roman 12-point font. The text should be in double space. Manuscripts should be prepared using the APA Style Guide (latest edition). Margins of  1inch on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.

Papers should be well structured and must comprise:

  • Title
  • Short title
  • Author name(s), full postal and email addresses for each author.
  • Corresponding author details: Full name, contact address, email address and phone number
  • Abstract: Well-structured abstract. 
  • Keywords: up to 6 keywords (in alphabetical order)
  • Main text with the following subdivisions: introduction, materials and methods, results/discussion; conclusions. references and foot notes.
  • Supplementary materials (if applicable)



        The manuscript organisation may follow to following structural guidelines:

  1. Title of the Manuscript, Author(s) Name & Affiliation(s)
  2. Contact No(s), Valid Email Address(es) & Corresponding Address with Pin code
  3. Abstract
  4. Keywords
  5. Introduction
  6. Materials and Methods
  7. Results and Discussions
  8. Conclusion
  9. References and Footnotes

Title Page:The title page has to contain title of the manuscript, author(s) name, affiliation(s), contact no(s), valid email address (es), and corresponding address with the pin code, abstract and keywords.

Abstract: Abstract should contain title of the paper, followed by name(s) of author(s), designation, affiliation, e-mail, phone, fax with STD code and Postal Address. Authors should not write their name and affiliations anywhere else in the paper.

All articles must include an abstract of 250 to 300 words as applicable. The abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. Abstract should not repeat the information which is already present in the Title. References should be avoided.

Keywords: Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords.

Introduction: The Introduction presents the purpose of the studies and relationship to previous work in the field. Rather than incorporating extensive review of the literature, use recent and relevant references and provide the most salient information to allow the readers to understand and evaluate the purpose and results of the present study.

Materials and Methods: Materials and Methods section should be brief and concise with sufficient technical information. Only new methods should be described in detail. Cite previously published procedures in References.

Results and Discussions: The results section should include the rationale or design, optimization, validation of the experiments as well as the results of the experiments. The findings should be conveyed succinctly. Discussion section should focus on the interpretation of the results with proper justification. The Results and Discussion sections may be combined into one section.

Conclusions: Conclusion section should be the brief of your complete research, materials, methods, results and discussions. It should be very brief detail.

Tables and Figures: Tables must have titles and sufficient empirical detail in a legend immediately following the title to be understandable without reference to the text. Each column in a table must have a heading, and abbreviations, when necessary, should be defined in the legend. Tables, graphs, and figures (Illustrations) should be included into the main text in the order in which they should appear when published, with appropriate numbers and names and an explanatory header. Labels on tables, graphs, and figures MUST be in text form and NOT part of the image.

In the text, the references for table should be mentioned as Table-1 and so on, not as above table. Same should be followed in case of graphs and charts. Each table, graph and chart should have its own heading and source.

References: References for original research paper/case study and review papers, respectively. References should be in APA format only. Full references must be included at the end of the paper in alphabetic order.

For Journal reference list must include.

  1. Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  2. Year of publication of the article (in round brackets).
  3. Article title.
  4. Journal title (in italics).
  5. Volume of journal (in italics).
  6. Issue number of journals in round brackets (no italics).
  7. Page range of article.
  8. DOI or URL

Where a DOI is available it must be included at the end of the reference, in the format


Hall, C. R., Rodgers, W. M., & Barr, K. A. (1990). The use of imagery by athletes a selected sport. The Sport Psychologist. 21(4):1-8.

Aspy, D. J., &Proeve, M. (2017). Mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation: Effects on connectedness to humanity and to the natural world. Psychological Reports, 120(1), 102-117.

For book reference the list must include:

  1. Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  2. Year of publication of the book (in round brackets).
  3. Book title (in italics).
  4. Edition (in round brackets), if other than first.
  5. Publisher.
  6. DOI. Include a DOI for all works that have one, regardless of whether you used the online version or print version.


Moran, A., & Toner, J. (2017). A critical introduction to sport psychology (3rd ed.). Routledge.


Cratty, B. J. (1973). Movement Behaviour and Motor Learning. London: Henry Kimpton Publishers.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).


Submission checklist

Before submission ensure that:

  • One author has been designated as corresponding author with contact details.
  • Manuscript is complete and all files have been uploaded
  • The manuscript contains and abstract and has key words
  • Include keywords
  • All figures (include relevant captions 300 dpi resolution at least)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
  • Indicate clearly if colour should be used for any figures in print
  • Highlights files (where applicable)
  • Supplemental files (where applicable)

Further considerations

• Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'

• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa

• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)

• A competing interest’s statement is provided (Declaration interest) , even if the authors have no competing interests to declare

• Submission declaration of the originality of article and statement that the article has not being published elsewhere; and/or not being considered for publication elsewhere

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