GUIDE FOR AUTHORS
(Last updated: 2022-07-07)
Slobozhanskyi Herald of Science and Sport is a periodical of the Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Culture (Ukraine), which has been published since 1997.
MISSION AND SCOPE
Slobozhanskyi Herald of Science and Sport— international scientific peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly in electronic format. The journal publishes articles on fundamental and applied sciences in physical culture and sports:
• training and research, sports performance and analysis
• sports physiology and exercise
• sports pedagogy and psychology and any other areas directly related to physical culture and sports.
The journal invites submissions of high-quality original research and review articles. Please note that only those manuscripts that have not been published anywhere else are allowed to be considered.
The following types of articles will be considered in the journal:
Scientific articles should present the results of original research. These manuscripts should describe how the research project was carried out and provide a thorough analysis of the research results.
They are a review of the published literature in a particular subject area.
The schedule of issues of the Journal
No. 1 - March (articles are accepted until March 1)
No. 2 - June (articles are accepted until May 31)
No. 3 - September (articles are accepted until August 31)
No. 4 - December (articles are accepted until November 30)
The Slobozhanskyi Herald of Science and Sport journal adheres to a double-blind peer review policy. The editorial process consists of two stages: preliminary review and peer review.
First stage: preliminary review.
All submitted manuscripts received by the editors will be reviewed by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal to determine whether the manuscript is in line with the subject and ethical policy of the journal, whether it is scientifically sound, and whether it has been properly prepared. Manuscripts that do not meet the journal's standards or the journal's ethical policy will be rejected prior to peer review.
Second stage: review.
If the article is not rejected at the preliminary review stage, it is submitted for review. Each article is usually reviewed by two independent reviewers (there may be more if necessary, and in some cases the review process may be based on the report of only one reviewer), after which the member of the editorial board in charge of the relevant scientific issue decides on publication in one of the following ways:
• Reject - the article is unacceptable for publication, resubmission is not considered
• Serious revision - the article requires major changes and requires re-consideration without guarantee of acceptance
• Minor revision - the article is accepted on a preliminary basis, subject to the conditions that must be met when preparing the final version of the manuscript.
In both cases of revision, authors are given a 2-week deadline to return revised manuscripts. Any extension of this period should be discussed with the Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
TERMS OF SUPPLY
Manuscripts must be submitted through the journal's on-line submission system.
The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the publication of the article is approved by all other co-authors. The submitting author is also responsible for ensuring that the paper receives all necessary institutional approvals.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts that do not meet the requirements of the journal, ethics, style and format will not participate in the peer review process.
PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT
Articles should be submitted in the form of text files no more than 20 pages, including an abstract and a list of references, prepared in Microsoft Word in Times New Roman, size 14, 1.5 intervals, with margins of 2.0 cm on all 4 sides pages.
Articles are published in English. The editors provide a paid service of translating the manuscript into English, if it is accepted for publication in the journal. Checking the English text before submission is highly recommended for authors whose native language is not English.
When submitting an article, all figures and tables must be included in the manuscript file, given in sequential order and numbered.
Tables require a short but descriptive title. The main sections of the table should be marked with horizontal lines. The explanatory part should be included in the footnotes indicated in the body of the table in the order in which they appear. Tables should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. The units of measure must be included in the column heading. Tables should not duplicate material in text or illustrations.
Graphs and charts
Should be prepared in Excel, numbered sequentially throughout the text. If the article is accepted, the authors will be asked to provide the source files of the drawings.
Figures must be submitted in BMP, JPG, GIF or TIF formats. Only good drawings and original photographs are accepted. If the drawing (image) was published earlier, you must indicate the source and provide written permission to reproduce the material from the copyright holder. If the article is accepted, the authors will be asked to provide the source files of the drawings.
All figures, whether photographs, graphs or diagrams, must be consecutively numbered throughout the text..
Use Microsoft Equation Editor or MathType. Equations must be editorially editable and must not be displayed in image format.
Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI).
Acronyms/abbreviations/initialisms must be defined the first time they appear in each of the three sections: abstract; main text; the first figure or table. When first defined, acronyms/abbreviation/initialism must be added in parentheses after the written form.
All included references must be cited in the text.
A citation in the text consists of the author's last name and the year of publication. If you are quoting a specific part of a source, you must also add a page number or timestamp. For example: (Smith, 2020, p. 170) .
Submission of an article consists in the preparation of two documents:
1. Title page
2. Main text (without authors' names)
The first file is the title page (this file will not be shared with reviewers)
Information is provided in any language other than "Information about authors"
The title should be related to the study cited in the article. It should be short and precise, without abbreviations.
Information about authors (in English):
For each author:
Name and surname of the author
Name of the academic institution, city, country
Full name of the author responsible for correspondence on the manuscript, phone number and e-mail address
Indicate the contribution of each of the co-authors to the published work using the following criteria: study design/planning, data collection/entry, data analysis/statistics, data interpretation, manuscript preparation, literature analysis/search, fundraising.
Conflict of Interest Statement
Authors must declare all relevant interests that may be perceived as conflicting. Authors must explain why each interest may constitute a conflict. If there are no conflicts, authors should indicate this.
Authors should indicate how the research and publication of their article was funded by stating the funding body(s) (in full) followed by the appropriate grant number.
If the study did not receive special funding, the authors should indicate this.
Anyone who has contributed to a study or manuscript but is not a registered author should be credited (with their permission) (financial support, technical assistance, and non-authorship intellectual contributions).
The second file - Main text
Consists of the title of the article, abstract (in Ukrainian and English) and text, without the names of the authors (and other elements, facts that allow you to recognize the authors).
The abstract should be an objective representation of the article. The total length of the abstract should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should follow the style of structured abstracts with headings: Purpose; Material and methods; Results; Сonclusions.
Keywords: three to ten relevant keywords outside of the title.
The manuscript should be divided into the following sections:
The introduction should briefly present the study in a broad context and emphasize why it is important. It is necessary to describe the current state of the research area and cite major publications. At the end, briefly mention the main goal of the work. The introduction should be understandable for scientists working outside the topic of the article.
Material and methods
In the Material and Methods section, give a clear description of the study and how it was conducted; describe the procedures and materials used specifically so that the study can be replicated.
Subsections with a brief description of the content in order:
Describe the sample: how many participants, how they were recruited. Indicate the main demographic data (age and standard deviation, gender distribution, etc.), the main criteria for classifying participants into groups. Justify the representativeness of the sample.
At the end, it is indicated that the participants signed an informed consent form to participate in the study. If the study participants are children, the informed consent form is signed by their parents.
Describe the methods used in sufficient detail to enable others to repeat the study. If you have more than one method, use subsections with appropriate headings.
New methods should be described in detail, while well-established methods may be described briefly and cited accordingly. Indicate the standards for evaluating the results obtained or the corresponding rating scales.
List any tools used in data collection and the indicators they measure. These tools may include equipment, hardware, software or tests, etc.
When describing indicators, the International System of Units (SI) and standard abbreviations should be used.
Briefly describe how you collected the required data. Explain how the experiment was carried out. Who tested the participants, where they were tested or observed, etc.
If the submitted papers contain studies involving humans or animals, the approval of the local ethics committee is required, and the authors must also confirm that the experiments described in the manuscript were performed in accordance with the ethical standards of the Declaration of Helsinki.
Indicate which programs were used for statistical analysis. Describe the statistical analysis procedures, but not their results: what statistics were used in the data analysis, the rationale for the use of these tests, indicate the level of significance used in the study. With small sample sizes, the use of parametric indicators is possible only if the normal distribution of features in the aggregate is confirmed.
It is necessary to describe in detail the positive and / or negative results of the study and the results of the statistical analysis.
This section should be supported by tables and figures with minimal accompanying text. Together with the data in the text, as well as in tables and figures, statistical significance should be shown (indicate exact p values to three decimal places).
Headings and captions for tables and figures should allow them to be considered self-explanatory. There should be no repetition of data, tables or figures already presented.
Results should be presented accurately and should not contain material suitable for discussion.
Units, quantities and formulas must be expressed in accordance with the International System (SI units).
The results of the study should be critically discussed in terms of the limitations of the research design, the method used, and the current knowledge available in the literature, how they can be interpreted in terms of previous studies and working hypotheses. Findings and their significance should be discussed in the broadest possible context, and shortcomings of the work should be emphasized. At the end of the discussion section, the practical implications of the study results should be presented. Future research directions can also be mentioned.
Should reflect the most important aspects of the results obtained in the presented study.
Descriptions in the References block are given in Latin: the original titles of the works written in Latin letters (in English, German, Polish, etc.) are given, and the titles written in Cyrillic are transliterated. If the publication has the author's version of the title in English, then it is given, and not the transliteration.
The list of literature should be formatted in accordance with the international APA standard. All references should be given at the end of the article in alphabetical order (by the first author), without numbering. All sources listed must be cited in the manuscript and credited by the author.