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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.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Information for Authors
You may choose to submit your manuscript as a single Word to be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, you will be requested to put your paper into a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article. The corresponding author was requested to give full contact details of all authors. Contact details are helpful.
To expedite the review process, authors will also be prompted to nominate 2 potential referees, who are not at the same institute, to serve as potential referees. The referee detail contains the full name, designation, institute/ university details, present email id, web link address and area of expertise.
Manuscripts must be submitted through Publisher template. Please consult all of the instructions in this section before beginning your submission.
The templates for Publishers are available below. While authors are encouraged to use an template, it is not mandatory. The template facilitates the peer review process by allowing authors to place figures and tables close to the point where they are discussed within the text.
Authors are encouraged to use the Document Template (Template) for preparing manuscripts for submission as well as for preparing final, accepted manuscripts.
A DOI can be used to cite and link to electronic articles where an article is in-press and full citation details are not yet known, but the article is available online.
Please adhere to the instructions in the following documents before submitting your manuscript.
Types of papers
Original research article, Case study & Review articles
All manuscripts should be concisely written, stressing the motivation for, and the novel aspects of, the work. Contributions should contain an Abstract (not more than 300 words) and a Conclusions section, which particularly in the case of theoretical papers translates the results into terms readily accessible to most readers.
There is no page limit for manuscript and also for figures and tables.
For priority communication (letters) is dedicated to publishing novel, cutting edge reports of broad interest to the sports community (must be accompanied by a statement regarding the "prime novelty"). The manuscript submitted for review should not exceed 3000 words, 5 figures (resolution at least 300 dpi in TIF image format) and 3 tables. This includes everything: the title, authors, affiliations, abstract, keywords, the body of the manuscript, conclusion, acknowledgments, references, figure captions, tables, etc.
Priority communications should be submitted to the Editor-in-chief of respective journal and will be given priority in both the refereeing and production processes.
You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.
All necessary files have been uploaded for manuscript:
- Include keywords
- All figures (include relevant captions)
- All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
- Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
- 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)
- Relevant declarations of interest have been made
- Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
- Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements
Essential title page information
Title: Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
Present/permanent address: If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
Cover letter guidance
A cover letter (sometimes referred to as a justification or letter to reviewers) is an excellent opportunity for you to promote your work to the editor and reviewers. This is a chance for you to explain the importance of the work submitted and why it is most suitable for the journal.
Things to consider:
- Make sure you state the correct journal name
- Address your letter to the relevant Editor in chief or Associate Editor
- Include a succinct statement about the importance and/or impact of your work
- Avoid repeating information that is already in your abstract or introduction
- Check your spelling
- Don’t include preferred/non-preferred reviewers in your letter as these should be entered in the manuscript submission system only
- Don’t refer to themed issue invitations or invited articles as these should be entered in the manuscript submission system only
Declaration of interest:
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.
Changes to authorship
Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement ofauthors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.
Contact Details for manuscript submission:
Authors should submit their article via editor-in-chief email. Corresponding authors should give all authors contact details while submitting.
Copyright Notice Edit
1. Transfer of copyright:
The corresponding author or designee below, with the consent of all co-authors, hereby transfers to the publishers and copyright ownership in the referenced submitted work, including all versions in any format now known or hereafter developed and sell the articles worldwide in all languages and media (Publishing Agreement & Copyright Transfer Form).
2. Rights and obligations of Publisher:
The Publisher’s rights to the Article shall especially include, but shall not be limited to:
- Ability to publish an electronic version of the Article via the website of the publisher or any other electronic format or means of electronic distribution provided by or through publisher from time to time, selling the Article world-wide (through subscriptions, Pay-per-View, single archive sale, etc.)
- Transforming to and selling the Article through any electronic format
- Publishing the Article in the printed Journals as listed on the official Website of Publisher
- Transferring the copyright and the right of use of the Article on to any third party
- Translating the Article in any language
- Taking measures on behalf of the Author against in fringement, in appropriate use of the Article, libel or plagiarism.
Publishers agrees to send the text of the manuscript to the corresponding author e-mail address of Author indicated in the present Statement for preview before the first publishing either in paper and/or electronic format (Proof). Author should return the corrected test of the manuscript within 5 days to the publisher. Author shall, however, not make any change to the content of the Article during the First Proof preview.
3. Rights and obligations of Author:
The Author declares and warrants that he/she is the exclusive author of the Article– or has the right to represent all co-authors of the Article and has not granted any exclusive or non-exclusive right to the Article to any third party prior to the execution of the present Statement and has the right therefore to enter in to the present Statement and entitle the Publisher the use of the Article subject to the present Statement. By executing the present Statement Author confirms that the Article is free of plagiarism, and that Author has exercised reasonable care to ensure that it is accurate and, to the best of Author’s knowledge, does not contain any thing which is libellous, or obscene, or infringes on anyone’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights. The Author expressively acknowledges and accepts that he/she shall been titled to no royalty (or any other fee) related to any use of the Article subject to the present Statement. The Author further accepts that he/she will not been titled to dispose of the copyright of the final, published version of the Article or make use of this version of the Article in any manner after the execution of the present Statement. The Author is entitled, however, to self-archive the preprint version of his/her manuscript. The preprint version is the Author’s manuscript or the galley proof or the Author’s manuscript along with the corrections made in the course of the peer-review process. The Author’s right to self-archive is irrespective of the format of the preprint (.doc, .tex., .pdf) version and self-archiving includes the free circulation of this file via e-mail or publication of this pre print on the Author’s web page or on the Author’s institution a repository with open or restricted access. When self-archiving a paper the Author should clearly declare that the archived file is not the final published version of the paper, he/she should quote the correct citation and enclose a link to the published paper( http://dx.doi.org/[DOI of the Article without brackets]).
4. Use of third party content as part of the Article
When not indicating any co-authors in the present Statement Author confirms that he/she is the exclusive author of the Article. When indicating co- authors in the present Statement Author declares and warrants that all co-authors have been listed and Author has the exclusive and unlimited dright to represent all the co-authors of the Article and to enter into the present Statement on their behalf and as a consequence all declarations made by Author in the present Statement are made in the name of the co-authors as well. Author also confirms that he/she shall hold Publisher harmless of all third-party claims in connection to non-authorized use of the Article by Publisher. Should Author wish to reuse material sourced from third parties such as other copyright holders, publishers, authors, etc. as part of the Article, Author bears responsibility for acquiring and clearing of the third party permissions for such use before submitting the Article to the Publisher for acceptance. Author shall hold Publisher harmless from all third party claims in connection to the unauthorized use of any material under legal protection forming a part of the Article.
5. Share with Colleagues:
Subject to the publishers, Authors may send or otherwise transmit electronic files of the Submitted or Accepted Work to interested colleagues prior to, or after, publication. Sharing of the Published Work with colleagues is permitted if it is done via the journal articles on Request author-directed link. The sharing of any version of the Work with colleagues is only permitted if it is done for non-commercial purposes; that no fee is charged; and that it is not done on a systematic basis, e.g. mass emailings, posting on a listserv, etc. Recipients should be informed that further redistribution of any version of the Work is not allowed. Authorized users of the publisher’s website may also email a link to the Author’s article directly to colleagues as well as recommend and share a link to the Author’s article with known colleagues through popular social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, or CiteULike.
6. Retained Rights:
The Author(s) retain all proprietary rights, other than copyright, in the Submitted Work. Authors should seek expert legal advice in order to secure patent or other rights they or their employer may hold or wish to claim.
I further confirm that this article has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by any other publisher. Review our policies and the journal publishing agreement, and indicate your acceptance of the terms.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.