Submission Guidelines

 

The Sport Digest gladly accepts unsolicited article submissions. Authors should familiarize themselves with the following information prior to submitting an article. The decision to publish an article rests with the editorial board.

Topics and nature of submissions

Articles published in The Sport Digest are directed to sport professionals, fans, athletes, and others with an interest in sport. The Sport Digest is not a research publication. Articles should focus on contemporary issues and be written in an interesting and informative manner. Current issues of the Digest offer good examples of the kind of articles we are looking for. The following list of topics, though not inclusive, provides an idea of what may interest our editorial board:

  • Issues in educational sport (college and high school).
  • Health and fitness.
  • Social issues such as Title IX, media, coaching education, and the Olympics.
  • Athlete development items such as physical literacy, competition planning, youth sports, child growth and development, and sport structure.
  • Psychology as applied to training, fitness, and competition.
  • Ethical matters related to sport, coaching, and development such as performance enhancing drugs, sports eligibility, violence, and gender equity.
  • Professional sports.
  • Sport governance by national and international bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), or any of the dozens of other national and international sport governing bodies.
  • Security and event management.

Email articles to: communications@ussa.edu 

Article format

  • Length: 300 to 500 words
  • Format: MS Word .doc file
  • Margins: 1 inch on all edges
  • Line spacing: Single, (left justification only)
  • Font: 12 pt. Times (or similar)
  • Language: U.S. English

Items to include with submission

  • Cover letter: The following should be included in a short cover letter: (a) author’s full name, (b) email address, (c) telephone number, and (d) present title, degree(s) held (with abbreviations), and any institutional or corporate affiliations.
  • The article with elements in the following order:
    • Title (authors must suggest a title, however, editors may change it)
    • Byline (e.g. “by John Galt, PhD”)
    • The body of the article (300 to 500 words)
    • References are not required, but if used, they must be properly formatted in APA style with in-text citations (see note below)
    • Two or three lines of brief biographical data that can be used in the “About the author” section at the end of each article. Titles such as Dr., coach, etc. should be included in this section.

Note: The use of references and citations is discouraged; however, if used they must conform to APA style with the following exception: References should be numbered consecutively with the number to be used as the in-text citation. This is a modification of standard APA styling. Authors must be aware that some information and data obviously requires proper referencing.

Submissions longer than 500 words will be considered but Sport Digest articles are intended to be short and useful.