Information for Authors

All types of submissions should be sent in electronic format (Word Document) to The Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand Journal for Sport and Exercise Science on email address

All submissions are subject to a double blind refereeing process. To ensure a blind review authors should provide their details and title of their submission on a separate cover page. Any information such as references and first person comments should be removed from the text and reference list to avoid recognition (use xxxxxxxxx to blank out relevant parts or names and keep a copy of the completed manuscript so the relevant information can be retrieved later).

Authorship agreements

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter in which the following is declared: (1) that the manuscript contains original research; (2) that the manuscript or parts of the manuscript has not been published elsewhere previously; (3) that the manuscript is not currently being presented elsewhere for publication; (4) that all the authors have read and approved the manuscript and that (5) appropriate ethical approval was provided for the work. This signed declaration regarding the originality must accompany each manuscript. 

We discourage the practice of parts of one study in different journals. Authors who submit a manuscript from a study of which some data have been or will be published elsewhere, must provide a strong justification in the accompanying letter to the Editor-in-Chief. The justification for not publishing all the data together in one paper must also be motivated in the covering letter.

The author should also ensure that the language of the manuscript has been edited thoroughly (English [UK]) by the time of submission. The name, address and telephone number of the person who did the language editing must be provided. Any expenses incurred by the Journal dealing with language editing will be added to the author's page fees.

The manuscript must have an ethical clearance number that was supplied by the authentic ethical committee of a specific institution. The process that was followed to obtain ethical clearance must be described in the manuscript under the heading, 'Ethical clearance'. No manuscript can be published without this declaration. Review articles do not need ethical clearance.

Any uncertainty regarding the statistical procedures that arise during the assessment of the manuscript will be referred to a local statistician.

This journal abides by the recommendations set out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) as to what constitutes authorship.

To be recognised as an author a contributor must meet the following criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

If all four bullet points are not met, please include the contributor(s) in acknowledgements, stating the role they have played in the production of the manuscript.

Manuscript submission

The guidelines for manuscript formatting are provided below and must be followed.

Manuscripts that do not comply with the following requirements regarding process, style and format will not be handled.

Manuscripts should be typed with one and a half spacing in 12-point Times New Roman letter size for the text. All the text in tables and figures should be in 10-point Times New Roman font size. Please do not use Calibri. The original manuscript can be submitted by Email. The length may not exceed 20 pages (tables, figures, references, etc. included). The page setup (cm) must be in the following format:


MarginsPaper Size
Top: 3.56 cmWidth: 17.5 cm
Bottom: 1.78 cmHeight: 24.5 cm
Left: 2.11 cm 
Right: 2.11 cm 
Gutter: 0.00 cm 
Header: 2.03 cm 
Footer: 0.89 cm 

Manuscript template

Please find below the manuscript template provided for authors. Manuscripts not in this template may not be considered for review. Please contact Russell Best ( with any further questions.

Preparation of submissions


Include the following sections in research articles without page space:

TITLE: Capital letters.

AUTHORS: Surname followed by initials and institution(s) where the study was conducted.

RUNNING HEAD: Maximum 5 words.  

ABSTRACT: Include an abstract of not more than 300 words that includes objectives, methods, results and conclusions.

KEY WORDS: To assist in indexing the journal, list up to 6 key words (not from title), which your article could be indexed.

INTRODUCTION: Should be a brief review of the topics being presented and how they relate to your study purpose and hypothesis. The main focus of this section is to give a brief background of your topic and explain why your paper/research is necessary. This section is typically one to three pages double spaced and highly referenced. The end of this section should include a statement of what the article will include and/or a purpose and hypotheses.

METHODS: Should clearly include the complete study design referencing when necessary and include the setting, type of participants and/or type and location of the database, what methods were used, what type of statistics were used. This section should also include a statement regarding the subjects’ consent to participate when appropriate.

RESULTS and DISCUSSION: The results and discussion sections can be grouped into one section or be separated into two sections. Results should include raw statistical findings including figures and tables. All statistical significance levels should be reported. The discussion should describe how your results and findings answer the research questions established in the introduction. The discussion should also include your findings related to your hypotheses and how they compare and add to the current literature.

CONCLUSION: This section should summarize your findings and the overall importance and significance of your research results.

APPLICATIONS IN SPORT: This section should be written to the audience for whom your paper is intended. Such as a coach, trainer, athlete, parent, etc. This is the most important section because it unites your research findings with the practitioners. Put yourself in the shoes of your readers and clearly explain how your findings can and/or will impact them.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Provide information sufficient to identify sources of support, technical assistance, and intellectual contributions not associated with authorship.



In the text, the Harvard method must be adopted by providing the author's surname and the date placed in parentheses. For example: Daly (1970); King and Loathes (1985); (Botha & Sonn, 2002); McGuines et al. (1986) or (Daly, 1970:80) where Daly is not part of the sentence and page number is added for a direct quotation. More than one reference must be arranged chronologically (Daly, 1970; King & Loathes, 1985). Note that et al. (italics) is used in the body of the text from the beginning when there are more than two authors, but never in the list of references, where all authors must be provided.



Manuscripts are considered if they are submitted only to this journal and therefore should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, either in part or in whole, in any language, without the consent of of this journal.  Authors are responsible for the scientific context and legal aspects of the articles. Each author also accepts that this journal 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 above mentioned requirements. The author(s) will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfil the above-mentioned requirements.

Research articles and case studies involving human and animal subjects must conform to the policy statement with respect to the Declaration of Helsinki. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that a patient's anonymity be carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. Authors should mask patients' eyes and remove patients' names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the manuscript.


Conflicts of interest

Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest, including financial, consulting, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgment section.

Review articles should include the same subheadings as research articles. Review articles are encouraged to be systematic in nature. We recommend authors follow the PRISMA guidelines for conducting and reporting systematic reviews. A checklist can be found on the PRISMA website, along with a template flow diagram. Please include this as a figure within your submission. Meta-analyses following systematic reviews of the literature are also accepted. We encourage authors to seek statistical guidance when conducting a meta-analysis, and consider the practicality of effects e.g. smallest worthwhile change in athletic, clinical or physiological outcome measures.