Thank you for choosing to submit your manuscript to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your manuscript can move through peer review, production, and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements. 

You can download a set of files containing a template LaTeX manuscript, style files here

  • Authors are supposed to attach an electronic cover letter completely mentioning the type of manuscript (for example, Research articles, Original articles, Regular articles, Brief Reports, Case studies, etc.). Authors cannot classify a particular manuscript as Editorials Letters to the editor or concise communications unless invited on a special case.
  • Please make sure that the submitted article for publication is not under consideration elsewhere simultaneously.
  • Mention clearly financial support or benefits if any from commercial sources for the work reported in the manuscript, or any other financial interests that any of the authors may have, which could create a potential conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest with regard to the work.
  • A clear title of the article along with complete details of the author/s (professional/institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and contact information) must be provided on the title page.
  • The corresponding author should include an address, telephone number, fax number, and valid e-mail address on the first page of the manuscript and authors must address any conflict of interest with others once the article is published.
  • Number all pages in succession, including references, tables, and figures.
  • Manuscripts are expected not to exceed 20 pages including text, tables, figures, and bibliography.


Style Guidelines

Please use any spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Formatting and templates

Papers may be submitted in any standard format, including Word and LaTeX. Figures should be saved separately from the text. To assist you in preparing your paper, we provide formatting templates.

(A LaTeX template is available for this journal.)

Checklist: what to include

Abstract. The summary of your article is normally no longer than 150 words.

Keywords. Keywords are the terms that are most important to the article and should be termed readers may use to search.  The authors should provide 3 to 5 keywords.

Graphical abstract (Optional). This is an image to give readers a clear idea of the content of your article. It should be a maximum width of 525 pixels. If your image is narrower than 525 pixels, please place it on a white background 525 pixels wide to ensure the dimensions are maintained. Save the graphical abstract as a .jpg, .png, or .gif. Please do not embed it in the manuscript file but save it as a separate file, labeled Graphical Abstract.

Disclosure statement. With a disclosure statement, you acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research.

Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, sound file, or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper.

Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale, and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript, or EPS files.

Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.

Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable.

Using third-party material in your paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

Submitting your paper 

If you are submitting in LaTeX, please convert the files to PDF beforehand (you may also need to upload or send your LaTeX source files with the PDF).


References should be cited parenthetically in the text by author surname(s) and year, in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines:

1 author

(Smith 2010)

2 authors

(Smith and Jones 2010)

3 authors

(Smith, Jones, and Smythe 2010)

4 or more authors

(Smith et al. 2010)


When available, page numbers should be included in citations of direct quotations (e.g., (Smith 2010, 25)).

References should be listed in a separate section at the end of the main text. All references in the list should be ordered alphabetically by the first author’s surname. Examples of common reference types appear below.


Journal article

Taylor, J., and B. C. Ogilvie. 1994. A conceptual model of adaptation to retirement among athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology 6 (1):1–20. doi:10.1080/10413209408406462. 


Duke, J. A. 2001. Handbook of phytochemical constituents of GRAS herbs and other economic plants. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Edited book chapter

Gordon, S. 1995. Career transitions in competitive sport. In Sport psychology: Theory, applications and issues, ed. T. Morris and J. Summers, 474–93. Milton, Australia: Wiley.


United States Census Bureau. 2014.  American housing survey: 2013 detailed tables. (accessed October 21, 2014).


Allison, N. 1981. Bacterial degradation of halogenated aliphatic acids. Ph.D. diss., Trent Polytechnic.

Conference presentation

Alfermann, D., and A. Gross. 1997. Coping with career termination: It all depends on the freedom of choice. Paper presented at the 9th Annual World Congress on Sport Psychology, Netanya, Israel, January 23.


Grigg, W., R. Moran, and M. Kuang. 2010.National Indian education study. NCES 2010-462, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC.


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Conflict of Interest Form

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