Article Submission Guidelines

Journal of Sport History

General guidelines

• Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

• Manuscripts must be in English. If this is not the first language of the author, contributions should be checked for grammar and syntax, prior to submission, by a person fluent in academic English. It is not the responsibility of the editorial team to redraft articles into an acceptable form and manuscripts which do not meet the required standard will be returned. American conventions in spelling and punctuation should be used throughout.

• The author’s name should appear on the cover page only as manuscripts are evaluated anonymously.

• An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included at the beginning of the article.

• 3 or 4 "keywords" should be included at the beginning of the article following the abstract.

• The entire article, including block quotations, endnotes, and figure captions should be double-spaced with at least a one-inch margin on all sides. All pages should be numbered consecutively throughout. Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words including notes.

• Authors are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions.

• Tables and graphs should be sent as separate files, not as part of the main text, and clear indication given as to their appropriate position within the article.

Illustrations are encouraged but not required. At submission stage an indication of suitable material is all that is necessary as precise details will be determined once an article has been accepted for publication.

•Articles should be submitted electronically to the Journal of Sport History online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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Articles accepted for the Journal of Sport History should demonstrate international quality of scholarship, rigor and analysis. It would also be an advantage in terms of likely publication if the piece addresses a significant issue, even if only by contextualization, and is likely to be widely cited. All articles generally go to two referees, at least one (and preferably two) of whom are members of the Editorial Board. The comments of the reviewers are then edited and a collective review is sent to the author.

Style guide

• Notes, numbered consecutively, should appear within the text at the end of a sentence, even when referring to a direct quotation, with the full reference located at the end of the article. Notes must not exceed 100 – one way to achieve this is citation by paragraph where appropriate. Endnotes should not be used to provide additional commentary or information.

• Abbreviations – first mention of organizations should be provided in full, but thereafter should be abbreviated: for example, International Olympic Committee (IOC); National Football League (NFL); American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Acronyms, however – for example, NATO, DNA, NASCAR – should not be expanded.

• Dates within text should be in the form July 12, 1958 but in references should be 12 July 1958.

• Numbers up to ninety-nine should be spelled out.

• Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, for example:

Wray Vamplew, Pay Up and Play the Game (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 91.

Douglas Booth, "Sports Historians: What Do We Do? How Do We Do It?" in Deconstructing Sport History: A Postmodern Analysis, ed. Murray G. Phillips (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006), 39.

Tara Kathleen Kelly, "The Still-Hunter and the Temptation Goats: Reconsidering the Meaning of the Hunt in American Culture, 1880-1914," Journal of Sport History 35.2 (2008): 285-301.

Patricia Campbell Warner, "Clothing the American Woman for Sport and Physical Education, 1860 to 1940" (Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 1986), 72.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear, "Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote," New York Times, February 27, 2010, accessed February 28, 2010,

A website reference need not be given in full but should include the basic information required for access, together with the date accessed, for example: [accessed 28 May 2009]

An archive should be referenced as follows: Minutes of Meeting of Conference Directors, 1 June 1922, folder 5, box 84, Amos Alonzo Stagg Papers, University of Chicago Archives, Chicago, Illinois.

Latin abbreviations, other than Ibid. (for an immediate second reference) should be avoided.

A second citation should normally be in the form: Kelly, "The Still-Hunter," 289.


It is the responsibility of the author to obtain the appropriate permission for the use of any copyrighted materials.  If you do include illustrations, keep in mind that photos need to be scanned in greyscale at a minimum of 300 dpi for a 5x7 or 4x6; line art has to be a minimum of 1200 dpi; otherwise, they may not be able to be used.

Drafts of the illustrations may be submitted with the article during the review process but final versions, including an indication that permission has been obtained, must be submitted with the final version of the article.



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