Journal of Human Sport and Exercise


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Author Guidelines

Journal of Human Sport and Exercise is an international publication in English. It features papers related to physical education, sports physiology, sports medicine and traumatology, sports psychology, Olympism and any other areas directly related to physical education and sport.

All contributions must be original and be directly related to education and sport or serve as the basis for future application to research in such areas. All papers shall be reviewed by the journal’s editorial panel (following a double blind, peer review process), which will consider quality, clarity, style and relevance of the work as regards the goals and purposes of the journal. In any case, final decisions on publication, be it total or partial, will be made by the editorial board.

Papers may take the form of editorials, original papers, review articles, technical notes, new technologies, special articles and letters to the editor.

  • Original papers: Original contributions on a specific topic, with a maximum of 20 pages and no more than 60 references. The manuscript shall have the following layout: introduction, summary, keywords, materials and methodology, results, discussion and conclusions.
  • Review articles: Based on a critical examination of the literature, analyzing the various approaches to a specific topic, with a maximum of 25 pages and no more than 100 references.
  • Technical notes: Description of new techniques or modifications to the already existing ones, with a maximum of 10 pages and no more than 30 references.
  • New technologies: Critical review of new equipment, with a maximum of 10 pages and no more than 30 references. The manuscript shall have the following layout: introduction, summary, keywords, materials and methodology, results, discussion and conclusions.
  • Special articles: Historical reviews, teaching methodology and legal or financial topics related to physical education and sport, with a maximum of 10 pages and no more than 30 references.
  • Letters to the editor: Brief opinions on contributions published in JHSE or current issues. Letters should not exceed two pages and 5 references.

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Contributions will only be accepted through our web platform at (Online Form).



Authors must fill in completely and adequately all the data requested in the online forms and they must also provide the following files through our web platform:



Microsoft Word (.doc) or similar containing the following information:

  • Title of paper

It must be short and precise. It will be a single phrase without final point. No abbreviations or quotation marks will be used.

  • Short title or running head

You must adapt the title of paper to a maximum length of one line of text.

  • Name and surname of all authors, academic or professional title, and academic institution (Faculty, Department, Centre, etc.). City and country.

The names of academic institutions should be provided in English.

It is recommended to provide the ORCID of all authors (

  • Corresponding author

Name, postal and e-mail address, phone and fax number of the author responsible for correspondence on the manuscript.

  • A summary or abstract

It must be a single paragraph with a maximum length of 250 words, containing all the basic and relevant information of the manuscript content.

  • 3-6 keywords not included in the title.

Frequent and descriptive terms of the paper presented will be used. It is recommended to include the title of the section among the keywords. Examples: physical education, sports performance, biomechanics, sports medicine, sports nutrition, sports health, Olympism.

Note: This file will not be provided to reviewers.


CONFORMITY FILE OF ALL AUTHORS. Microsoft Word (.doc) or similar containing the following information:

This file must contain a certification signed by the author for correspondence stating that all co-authors have contributed to the published work and agree to its publication in JHSE.

Note: This file will not be provided to reviewers.


The document must be sent in Microsoft Word (.doc) or similar, double spaced, with an additional space between paragraphs and a 2 cm. margin throughout the page. The recommended font is Times New Roman 12. All papers must be written in English.

Main body:


Should be comprehensible to the general reader; give a clear statement of the purpose of the paper and provide relevant context to support the basis for the paper and the significance of the work; do not exhaustively review the literature.

Material and methods

In the Material & Methods section, give a clear description of the study and how it was carried out; specifically describe the procedures and materials used, so the study can be replicated; the subsections, with brief content descriptions, in order, are:

  • Participants: describe the sample: how many participants, how they were recruited. Provide basic demographics (age and SD, gender distribution, etc.).
  • Measures: each subsection here should describe one questionnaire or interview or objective observation. Include details of the origin of the measure, the number of items and subscales, format of responses, scoring and known psychometric qualities.
  • Procedures: explain how the experiment was done. Who tested participants, where were they tested or observed, etc.; if submitted papers contain clinical and animal research, approval of a local ethics committee is required
  • Analysis: describe the analyses applied to the data. It is helpful if you arrange this section to be coherent with the hypotheses.


Results should be presented precisely and should not contain material that is appropriate in the discussion; units, quantities, and formulas should be expressed according to the International System (SI units); all measurements should be given in metric units.


Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions derived from the study.


They should reflect the most relevant aspects of the results obtained with the study presented.


All references must be in alphabetical order, by first author, numbered and in APA style at the end of the article. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the latest edition of ISI Journal Title Abbreviations.

All references included must be quoted in the text (e.g. Pérez, 2005). In case there are more than one author, the rule is as follows: Smith and Jones (2007) stated that… or (Smith and Jones, 2007). Citing a reference with three authors or more: Smith et al. (2007) stated that… or (Smith et al., 2007). All references listed must be cited in the manuscript and referred to by author.

  • Tables: The text must only include the reference; tables must be submitted separately in XLS, JPG or GIF formats. The title must appear at the top of the table, and notes must be included at the bottom.
  • Figures: The text will only include the reference. They must be submitted separately in BMP, JPG, GIF or TIF formats.



To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties.

The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

For more information about our review policy, please read: "Peer Review Process".


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Ensure that all authors' names, including their first and last names, and full contact details (including affiliation, postal address, email and telephone) are listed.
  2. Ensure that the corresponding author is clearly marked.
  3. Ensure that your paper conforms fully to our style requirements. Please visit the Instructions to Authors section of our website for full details on preparing your manuscript.
  4. Ensure that references are complete and accurate, and their format conforms to APA style.
  5. Ensure that all tables and figures are correctly labelled, and that the numbers add up.
  6. Provide a running head.
  7. Provide a list of keywords.
  8. Provide an abstract.
  9. Ensure that all the necessary files for your article have been uploaded to our web platform:
    • Title page file (author’s affiliation, abstract and keywords).
    • Conformity file of all authors.
    • Main document file.
    • Tables and figures.

Copyright Notice

Each author warrants that his or her submission to the Work is original and that he or she has full power to enter into this agreement. Neither this Work nor a similar work has been published elsewhere in any language nor shall be submitted for publication elsewhere while under consideration by JHSE. Each author also accepts that the JHSE will not be held legally responsible for any claims of compensation.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Please include at the end of the acknowledgements a declaration that the experiments comply with the current laws of the country in which they were performed. The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the abovementioned requirements. The author(s) will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.

This title is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

You are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.

No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

Transfer of Copyright

In consideration of JHSE’s publication of the Work, the authors hereby transfer, assign, and otherwise convey all copyright ownership worldwide, in all languages, and in all forms of media now or hereafter known, including electronic media such as CD-ROM, Internet, and Intranet, to JHSE. If JHSE should decide for any reason not to publish an author’s submission to the Work, JHSE shall give prompt notice of its decision to the corresponding author, this agreement shall terminate, and neither the author nor JHSE shall be under any further liability or obligation.

Each author certifies that he or she has no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, except as disclosed on a separate attachment. All funding sources supporting the Work and all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors are acknowledged in a footnote in the Work.

Each author certifies that his or her institution has approved the protocol for any investigation involving humans or animals and that all experimentation was conducted in conformity with ethical and humane principles of research.

Competing Interests

Biomedical journals typically require authors and reviewers to declare if they have any competing interests with regard to their research.

JHSE require authors to agree to Copyright Notice as part of the submission process.


Privacy Statement

Pursuant to the data protection legislation in force, you are hereby informed that the University of Alicante will process the data collected about registered and non-registered users of this journal for managing, publishing and disseminating scientific articles and peer-reviewed scientific journals. The information collected is needed to contact those involved in the editorial process, authorship and content publishing, as well as to keep registered users informed.

In the framework of the above processing, your data will not be shared with third parties, unless there is a legal obligation to do so.

You are hereby informed that you may exercise your rights regarding the processing of your personal data by submitting an application addressed to the University of Alicante Office of the Comptroller at the UA Records Office, either personally at the UA records offices or via the UA e-Records Office (, pursuant to Spanish Act 39/2015, of 1 October, on the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations.

Further information on data protection and the University of Alicante’s privacy policy available at:


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Publication Fee: 200.00 (EUR)

If your article is accepted to be published, you will be required to pay a publication fee in order to cover the associated costs.