Guidelines for Contributors
Articles for inclusion on the Sports Coach website may address, but are not limited to: conditioning, ergogenic aids, endurance, injury prevention, nutrition, physiology, psychology, planning, skill, strength and speed. Articles, literature review and original research should ideally be based on these topics but material which addresses other training related topics will be considered.
Articles should be informative, of interest to athletes, have something new to say, offer a fresh approach to an old subject, challenge current thought or practice, predict future trends, or review current thinking. Articles should ideally address the theoretical aspects and the practical application of the content. Line drawings and pictures may be used to illustrate or help clarify the text.
Article length should be between one thousand (1k) and two thousand (2k) words.
Consider the following points when writing an article:
As a guide the content should be:
Content must not address Politics, Sex or Religion or advertise products or services.
One of the best ways of understanding the style of writing an article is to read a selection of articles previously published.
All articles should be supported by current literature comprehensively referenced. We cannot publish articles that do not supply correct, comprehensive and complete references. We rely on your integrity to supply accurate references as it is not possible for us to verify submitted references.
Each journal reference should include:
Each book reference should include:
Preparing your article
Please prepare your articles using Microsoft word processing packages (Word or Notepad). If this is not possible then please email me to agree a suitable format.
Submission of Articles
The preferred method is by email and articles should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
With each article a section "About the Author" is to be include which provides a short resume of the author. The resume should be kept to 3 of 4 sentences and an example is provided below. Please provide your short resume with your article. The following is an example:
It is a requirement that you and no other third party holds the copyright to your article. When you submit an article please indicate that you hold the copyright.
The article may contain a link to your own website/blog.
Links to 3rd party websites, who sell a product or service, will incur a fee of £50 payable via PayPal
Processing of submitted articles
All manuscripts are acknowledged on receipt. Authors can expect to wait approximately 4-10 days after acknowledgement before receiving an email response. This response will either be acceptance without revision, a request for a rewrite or an explanation as to why your manuscript has not been accepted for publication.
Most manuscripts are subject to review by individuals with expertise in the subject matter. Manuscripts that have been rejected will be returned to the author. Reviewers will often recommend acceptance of the manuscript, subject to amendments which the author will be asked to make.
Once accepted, manuscripts will be prepared for publication. This may involve editing and shortening the article. Shortly before publication, the author will receive a copy of the article as it is intended to appear. Only minor amendments can be accepted at this stage.
The following Sports Coach pages provide additional information on this topic: