Formatting and Reporting Guidelines

Formatting and Reporting

Authors may submit their manuscript in any format and referencing style, as long as it is consistent. Authors do not need to tailor the manuscript referencing style to meet the journal's requirements until it is accepted for publication.

After acceptance, authors should follow the latest guidelines of the American Psychological Association in formatting their manuscript. More information about this format can be found here at https://www.apastyle.org/. In addition to peer review, statcheck will be used to check the submission for errors in statistical reporting for those utilizing frequentist (e.g., t-test or F-test) statistics. More information about statcheck can be found at http://statcheck.io/.

Authors should submit a title page that includes only the title, date of submission, and a blinded acknowledgments section if they would like a double blinded review process. Author names affiliations should only appear on the cover letter.

Authors should submit an abstract of up to 300 words that concisely describes the background, purpose, methods, and results of the current study.

Authors should submit between three and five key words or phrases, separated by semicolons.

There are no page limitations for the main text of articles submitted to Reports in Sport and Exercise. The journal values the completeness of information and transparency in reporting. Authors are encouraged to be as concise as possible to enhance readability but prioritize full information disclosure and reporting.

Section formatting is dependent on the type of article that is being submitted. In general, articles should follow guidelines of a higher-level hierarchical structure; however, authors are free to define subsections in whatever way they think will be most appropriate. Tables, figures, and artwork should be of high quality and should be placed directly in the text.

Reports in Sport and Exercise publishes articles in the English language. Authors must follow the most recent and relevant reporting guidelines, which can be found on the EQUATOR Network (https://www.equator-network.org/). The checklist for each reporting guideline used should be provided with the submission.

Data, Code, and Materials Sharing Policy

Authors are required* to submit supplementary files to allow researchers and practitioners to replicate and apply their work. Examples include, but are not limited to: scripts, code, syntax, instructions to participants, survey materials, scales, and questionnaires.

After acceptance, all reported data analysis, anonymized and nonidentifiable raw data, and digital study materials should be made freely available in a public repository/archive with a link provided within the Stage 2 manuscript. Authors should choose an appropriate license to share data. Authors are free to use any repository that renders data and materials freely and publicly accessible and provides a digital object identifier (DOI) to ensure that the data remain unique and citable. Potential repositories include (but are not limited to), Figshare, Harvard Dataverse, and Dryad. For a comprehensive list of available data repositories, see http://www.re3data.org/.

*Requests for exemptions from this requirement should be made within the cover letter, with clear justification for why data cannot be shared. Editors will discuss alternatives with the authors, which may include sharing aggregate data instead of raw data. Questions about the data sharing policy should be directed to section editors.

For submissions following the registered report format, data files should be appropriately time-stamped to show that data was collected after In-Principle Acceptance (IPA) and not before. Other than pre-registered and approved pilot data, no data acquired prior to the date of IPA is admissible in the Stage 2 submission. Raw data must be accompanied by guidance notes, where required, to assist other scientists in replicating the analysis pipeline. Authors are required to upload any relevant analysis scripts and other digital experimental materials that would assist in replication.

Any supplementary figures, tables, or other text (such as supplementary methods) can either be included as standard supplementary information that accompanies the paper, or they can be archived together with the data. Please note that the raw data itself should be archived (see above) rather than submitted to the journal as supplementary material.

Where appropriate, a basic laboratory log should also be provided outlining the range of dates during which data collection took place. This log should be uploaded to the same public archive as the data and materials. Logs may be uploaded in multiple formats (e.g., .csv files, .doc files). The Stage 2 manuscript must also contain a link to the registered protocol (deposited following IPA) on the Open Science Framework or other recognized repository.

Acknowledgments

Authors should report the contributions of each author in the acknowledgment section. Replacing the author's name with initials or another placeholder (e.g., XX or YYY) during the review is acceptable. Authors should also report sources of funding and conflicts of interest -- should either be relevant.

Change of Name Policy

If an author has published in a STORK journal (Communications in Kinesiology or Reports in Sport and Exercise) and wishes to change their name, please contact Dr. Aaron Caldwell, the Publications Chair with your request (publishing@storkinesiology.org). Please identify your preferred name and your previously published STORK articles. Your previous publications will be updated and reuploaded with your preferred name.