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Author Guidelines


  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.
  • Use a normal, plain font (i.e. 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Manuscript is double-spaced throughout (including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and legends).
  • Margins are 1 inch or 2.5 cm all around.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Include page and line numbers for the convenience of the peer reviewers.
  • Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page as page 1 and ending with the Figure legend page.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • All illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text in their proper place and not the end at all.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


Original articles: Theoretical or experimental (basic or applied) research or practical applications. Either original work or the replication of work that better establishes basic principles will be considered. Original articles should not exceed a total of 4500 words in length, excluding references.


Review articles: Review articles on topics of broad interest are desirable. Authors who wish to submit an unsolicited review article should correspond with the Editors-in-Chief to determine the timeliness of the proposed review article. The correspondence should include an abstract and a complete outline of the proposed review article, including figures and tables (if possible). Review articles should not exceed 5500 words, excluding references. Review articles are considered by the Editors and expert reviewers before a final decision regarding publication is made.


Brief communications: Short manuscripts containing results of unusual scientific interest and importance, requiring rapid publication. Accompanying the submission should be a letter from the authors stating why they feel the paper should be published as a rapid communication. The manuscripts must not exceed four journal pages (3.000 words Brief Communications every effort will be made to make a decision within four weeks and publish it within two or three months. Manuscripts rejected as Brief Communications are eligible for resubmission as regular articles.


Letters to the Editor: These are welcome and will be published if appropriate. Letters (maximum length 1500 words) relating to material previously published in JSC should be submitted within 6 months after publication of the material the letter is referring to. Such letters will be sent to the corresponding author for comment within six weeks. The original letter and any reply will be published concurrently.


To facilitate rapid publication manuscripts should be prepared carefully in accordance with the following requirements. The Conflict of interest is mandatory for all articles types. Original articles, Reviews and Reviews should be composed as follows.

  • Title page (numbered as page 1)
  • Abstract (except for Letters to the Editor and Replies)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion (comments and comparison with other published results)
  • Practical applications
  • Acknowledgements
  • Conflict of interest
  • References
  • Tables
  • Illustrations


- Authors are required to conduct their research ethically according to international standards and as required by the journal as described in Harriss DJ, Atkinson G. Update – Ethical Standards in Sport and Exercise Science Research. Int J Sports Med 2011; 32: 819–821. Authors are expected to clearly state in the Methods section -by citing the mentioned publication- that the study meets the ethical standards of the journal.



The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s).
  • A concise and informative title.
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s).
  • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.


  • Please provide an abstract of 200 to 300 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


  • Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.


  • Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.


  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


No footnotes are allowed.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.



Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units, SI units.




Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses.

Some examples:

  • Cycling research spans many disciplines (Zabala 2011).
  • This result was later contradicted by Mateo and Zabala (2011).
  • This effect has been widely studied (Zabala 1991; Mateo et al. 1995; Fernández-Peña and Zabala 1998; Sánchez-Muñoz et al. 1993).


Reference list

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

Journal article

  • Atkinson G (2003) Does size matter for sports performance researchers? Journal of Sports Sciences 21 (2):73-74.

Article by DOI

  • Mateo M, Blasco-Lafarga C, Martínez-Navarro I, Guzmán JF, Zabala M (2011) Heart rate variability and pre-competitive anxiety in BMX discipline. European Journal of Applied Physiology. doi:10.1007/s00421-011-1962-8


  • Burke ER (1986) Science of cycling. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Book chapter

  • Zabala M, Sánchez-Muñoz C, Gutiérrez A (2009) [BMX cycling disicipline] La especialidad ciclista de BMX. In: Nexus Médica MSFoSM (ed).

Online document

  • Malfait L, Eng M, Storme G, Derdeyn M, Eng M (2006) Comparative biomechanical study of circular and non-circular chainrings for endurance cycling at constant speed. available at: <http://wwwnoncircularchainringbe/>


  • Martínez AC, Vicente GV, Calvo JS, Zudaire IL (2006) Preliminary Report on Q-Rings. University of Vallodolid, Spain.


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  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


Copyright Notice

Proposed Policy for Journals That Offer Delayed Open Access

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, and after publication it will be simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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