Published eight times per year, International Review for the Sociology of Sport is fully peer reviewed and has a truly global remit to publish the highest quality research articles, commentaries and reviews that match the journal's inclusive scope.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport is the official journal of the International Sociology of Sport Association.
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The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is a peer reviewed academic journal that is indexed on ISI. Eight issues are now published each year. The main purpose of the IRSS is to disseminate research and scholarship on sport throughout the international academic community. The journal publishes research articles of varying lengths, from standard length research papers to shorter reports and commentary, as well as book and media reviews.
The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is not restricted to any theoretical or methodological perspective and brings together contributions from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, gender studies, media studies, history, political economy, semiotics, sociology, as well as interdisciplinary research.
Since sport is a truly global phenomenon, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport is strongly committed to publishing contributions from all regions of the world, thereby promoting international communication among scholars.
|Dominic Malcolm||Loughborough University, UK|
|Cora Burnett||University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Steven J Jackson||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Wanderley Marchi Júnior||Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil|
|Pirkko Markula||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Tien-Chin Tan||National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan|
|Lawrence Wenner||Loyola Marymount University, USA|
|Kass Gibson||Plymouth Marjon University, UK|
|Elisabeth Hoverd-Malcolm||University of Leicester, UK|
|Rachel Allison||Mississippi State University, USA|
|Mahfoud Amara||Qatar University, Qatar|
|David Andrews||University of Maryland, USA|
|Alan Bairner||Loughborough University, UK|
|Andrew C. Billings||University of Alabama, USA|
|Toni Bruce||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Daniel Burdsey||University of Brighton, UK|
|Cheryl Cooky||Purdue University-Main Campus|
|Christine Dallaire||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Simon Darnell||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Katherine Dashper||Leeds Metropolitan University, UK|
|Paddy Dolan||Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland|
|Mojca Doupona Topic||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Joseph Fahlen||Umea University, Sweden|
|Lone Friis Thing||Copenhagen University, Denmark|
|Caroline Fusco||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Yair Galily||IDC Herzilya, Israel|
|Vanessa Garcia Gonzalez||Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico|
|Michael Giardina||Florida State University, USA|
|Audrey Giles||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Richard Giulianotti||Loughborough University, UK|
|Mateusz Grodecki||The Maria Grzegorzewska, Poland|
|Marie Hardin||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|John Horne||University of Central Lancashire, UK|
|Jorid Hovden||Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway|
|Xiong Huan||South China Normal University, China|
|Ruth Jeanes||Monash University, Australia|
|Dong Jhy Hwang||National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan|
|Helene Joncheray||NSEP, Paris, France|
|Yoko Kanemasu||University of the South Pacific, Fiji|
|Roslyn Kerr||Lincoln University, New Zealand|
|Kihan Kim||Seoul National University, South Korea|
|Jorge Knijnik||University of Western Sydney, Australia|
|Lucen Liu||Zhejiang University, China|
|Louise Mansfield||Brunel University, UK|
|Montserrat Martín||Universitat de Vic, Spain|
|Brent McDonald||Victoria University, Australia|
|Mary McDonald||Georgia Institute of Technology, USA|
|Josh Newman||Florida State University, USA|
|Dino Numerato||Charles University Prague, Czech Republic|
|Fabien Ohl||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Elizabeth Pike||University of Hertfordshire, UK|
|Richard Pringle||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Noora Ronkainen||University of Bern, Switzerland|
|David Rowe||University of Western Sydney, Australia|
|Parissa Safai||York University, Canada|
|Michael Sam||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Raul Sanchez Garcia||Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain|
|Bárbara Schausteck de Almeida||Almeida Centro Universitário Internacional, Brazil|
|Eivind Skille||Hedmark University College, Norway|
|Ramon Spaaj||Victoria University, Australia|
|Ansgar Thiel||Tübingen University, Germany|
|Holly Thorpe||University of Waikato, New Zealand|
|Anne Tjonndal||Nord University, Norway|
|Emmanuelle Tulle||Glasgow Caledonian University, UK|
|Anna Vilanova||National Institute of Physical Education, Barcelona, Spain|
|Belinda Wheaton||The University of Waikato, New Zealand|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IRSS to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Review for the Sociology of Sport will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to International Review for the Sociology of Sport, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport publishes research articles and commentary of varying lengths. This ranges from the standard length research papers to shorter reports and commentary. In addition, the IRSS publishes book and media reviews. All articles must be submitted in English.
Articles of standard length that report on original research or analysis are normally of 5000-8000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. Such research articles should include an abstract of 100 - 200 words and 5 key words must also be supplied, placed at the beginning of the article. While style and organization may vary according to theoretical and methodological traditions, these research articles normally include (1) an introduction (no heading) that clearly states the purpose and rationale for the article and places its importance in context (2) a review of literature that sets the stage for the investigation and basic approach, (3) a methodological summary that situates and details the approach and frames basic questions or hypotheses, (4) a report of results or analysis of findings, followed by (5) a discussion that emphasizes new and important observations of the study, (6) a conclusion that considers the study’s limitations and implications for future research.
Articles of shorter length may report on the results of a pilot study, present a case study, or provide a brief commentary on a methodological, theoretical or ethical issue and are normally of 3000-4000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. Such articles should include an abstract of 100 - 200 words and 5 key words must also be supplied, placed at the beginning of the article. While the approach taken in these shorter articles may be varied, each submitted manuscript should introduce and situate a topic in a way that facilitates new insight about subjects that advance scholarly understanding of sport in social and cultural contexts.
Article manuscripts are considered for publication only on the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere, that they are the original work of the author(s), and that any previous form of publication and current consideration in other languages are disclosed at the time of submission. Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.
Book and Media Reviews
Reviews of books or media provide a scholarly assessment of key works that may advance understanding of sport in social and cultural contexts. Reviews that provide an assessment of one work by a single reviewer are normally of 1500-2000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. Reviews that provide a comparative assessment of more than one work or an assessment of one work by multiple reviewers are more substantial integrative essays and are normally of 2000-3000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. IRSS accepts book or media review essays comparing 2 or 3 items on one topic and written by a single author as well as book or media review symposia in which the same item is reviewed by 2 or 3 different reviewers. Reviews do not require an abstract or key words.
Book or Media Reviews should contain a heading which includes the Book or Media Title, Author, Publisher’s Name and Location, Date of Publication, Number of Pages, ISBN Number (and, if appropriate) eBook Number. Book or Media Review authors may refer to previous issues of IRSS for format guidance.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
International Review for the Sociology of Sport operates a strictly anonymous peer review process for articles. In order to ensure anonymity, all material and self-references that identify the author(s) should be removed from the manuscript, and the author name(s) should appear only on a separate first page. This page should also include the first author's email and postal addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Manuscripts for articles are evaluated by at least two reviewers and the Editor and are processed through the Sage track web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 3 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway
International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway
International Review for the Sociology of Sport offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal does not currently accept supplemental material.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on Sage Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
If you use EndNote to manage references, download the Sage Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided above and in this section. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport is hosted on Sage track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please prepare your manuscript according to the Manuscript Submission guidelines above for both Articles and Book/Media Reviews and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IRSS to login and submit your article online. For Articles, select “Articles”; for Book or Media Reviews, select “Book/Media Review”. NOTE: In the case of Book or Media Reviews, in the abstract field insert “N/A”.
All manuscripts for Articles and Book/Media Reviews must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details for the Editor-in-Chief below in Section 7 at the end of this document.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process for Articles should be sent to the IRSS Editor-in-Chief Dominic Malcolm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission Process of Book/Media Reviews should be sent to the IRSS Book/Media Editor Dr David Leonard, Washington State University, Comparative Ethnic Studies, PO Box 644010, Pullman, WA 99164-4010. Tel: (+1) 509 335-6854. Email: email@example.com