Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 6

Edited By: Stephen Harridge

Impact Factor: 2.896

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/81 (Sport Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1600-0838

Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

Articles accepted for publication will be published in our e-only section - and not in print.

Manuscripts should be submitted at ScholarOne Manuscripts. Instructions for using the system can be found on the site. Furthermore, an author guide is available in the “User Tutorials'”area of the site if assistance is needed.

Manuscripts can be submitted as either “original” or “review”. In addition, book reviews, abstracts of sports medicine interest, and announcement of consensus statements or meeting reviews and other topics of interest can be submitted to the “sports medicine update” section.

The submission should include a letter stating that the manuscript contains original material only that has not previously been published, and is not currently under consideration elsewhere, nor will be submitted elsewhere until a final decision has been made by the journal.

Please note that we now accept .doc and .docx files.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and Wiley Open Access.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please click here.

Open Access
Open access publishing is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

For more information on OnlineOpen including the full list of terms and conditions and the online order form please go here.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Manuscript Preparation
When preparing manuscripts for submission, authors should follow the style of the journal:

1. Manuscripts should be divided into:
- Title page (including contact name and address including phone, fax and e-mail, and with a title not exceeding 120 characters and a running head of not more than 45 characters)
- Abstract (less than 250 words)
- Keywords (3–8 words other than those mentioned in title or abstract)
- Introduction - Materials and methods (including statement that informed consent and local ethics committee approval has been provided for human studies)
- Results, discussion, perspective and acknowledgements (if any)
- References*
- Tables, figure legends and figures - units should be SI and metric

2. It is mandatory that all manuscripts include a brief perspective paragraph at the end of the discussion in which the findings are put into perspective in the relevant area of sports medicine. This includes reference to possible previous articles in this and other journals and the potential impact of the present findings. This paragraph should not exceed 200 words.

3. As a general rule, no more than 40 references should be cited in a full text original article (120 in reviews). References* should be cited in alphabetical order, regardless of chronology, and without numbers. In the text references should include the authors and the year of publication in parenthesis, e.g. (Saltin, 1998), except when the authors name is part of the sentence, e.g.“Saltin (1998) showed that...”. When several references are cited together they should be in chronological order, separated by semicolons. When a referenced article is written by two authors both names should be included; for three or more authors the first name only is given, followed by “et al.”. Unpublished material may be referred to sparingly in the text, by giving the author’s name and initials followed by “unpublished observation” or “personal communication”; it should not appear in the list of references. References should be written in accordance with Index Medicus (e.g. Messner K. Meniscal regeneration or meniscal transplantation? Scand J Med Sci Sports 1999: 9: 162–167). References to book material should include book title, author, editors, publisher, publication year, and pages.

4. Tables should be typed on separate sheets numbered with Arabic numerals, and have self-explanatory headings. Authors are strongly recommended to include illustrative figures in their manuscripts instead of large tables. The detailed tables themselves can instead be submitted as 'supporting information'.

5. Figures should have a title, be accompanied by a legend on a separate sheet and be self-explanatory.

Author material archive policy: Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted three months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) here.

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's Early View Service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way .They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

* We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here.

Supporting Information
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports Online gives authors the opportunity to include data that would be inappropriate or impractical to include in the printed version. These data may substantially enhance the importance of the research and may also be of benefit to readers. Authors are encouraged to include data such as videos, 3-D structures/images, large tables and any other supporting data too large for print publication. All supporting information must be submitted as 'supplementary files for review' with the original manuscript via ScholarOne Manuscripts. 'Supporting Information' will be made available alongside the online version (only) of the published article. Please note that supporting information will not be copy-edited or typeset, but be made available online in exactly the form it is received and approved. Supporting information guidelines including acceptable file formats and sizes are available here

Page Charges
Any article which exceeds 6 pages (in the final published version) will be charged. Excess pages, over and above 6 pages, must be paid for at a rate of GBP 125 per page. A page contains about 5,400 letters on average, space between words included (but not tables and figures).

Production Tracking
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Guidelines for cover submissions
If you would like to send suggestions for artwork related to your manuscript to be considered to appear on the cover of the journal, please follow these general guidelines.