Sport Management Review (SMR) Editorial Policy

Sport Management Review is published as a service to sport industries worldwide. It is a multidisciplinary journal concerned with the management, marketing, and governance of sport at all levels and in all its manifestations — whether as an entertainment, a recreation, or an occupation. The journal encourages collaboration between scholars and practitioners. It welcomes submissions reporting research, new applications, advances in theory, and case studies. The language of publication is English. Submissions are peer reviewed.

Submission and review

Manuscript author/s must follow the ‘Instructions to Authors’ as published in the SMR and must clearly identify the corresponding author. Manuscripts will normally be submitted to the Editor, who will then select appropriate reviewers. Manuscripts will normally be reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is a member of the SMR Editorial Board. The review process is blind in the normal manner for scholarly journals. Reviewers are asked to instruct the Editor regarding the appropriate status of the manuscript. A manuscript may be recommended by a reviewer as:

1. Accepted (Accepted as is, perhaps pending minor editorial fixes);

2. Accepted with minor revisions (Accepted pending relatively straightforward revisions by the author/s);

3. Revise and resubmit (Returned to the author/s for substantial revisions, after which the article will normally be reviewed again by the reviewer requesting those revisions); or 4. Rejected.

Regardless of their editorial recommendation to the Editor, reviewers will also provide feedback to the author/s regarding recommended enhancements or corrections to the manuscript. SMR Editorial Board members will normally be expected to complete between 4 and 6 reviews or re- reviews per year and submit their reviews or re-reviews within four to six weeks of being contacted to complete a review. Ad-hoc reviewers will normally be expected to submit their reviews or re-reviews within six to eight weeks of being contacted to complete a review. When a final decision about a manuscript is made (reject or accept for publication) the reviewers will be entitled to request a copy of all reviewers’ feedback.

Decision rules

A manuscript will be rejected when both reviewers have recommended rejection. In circumstances where there are significant discrepancies between the reviewers’ recommendations the Editor may choose to either: (a) Preference the opinion of one reviewer over the other taking into account the feedback of both reviewers, or (b) Appoint a third reviewer to conduct an independent review and recommendation.The manuscript will be accepted when, in the opinion of the Editor, all substantive concerns of the reviewers have been addressed by the author/s. In those instances where author/s and a reviewer are in disagreement over requested revisions, the Editor may choose to either: (a) Allow the author/s’ views to prevail, or (b) Reject the manuscript unless the author/s satisfy the reviewer. In all matters of editorial work or decisions, the Editor may consult with or delegate to the Associate can you buy ativan online Editor.

Non-compliant submissions

All manuscripts submitted to the SMR will be sent for blind review. The Editor does not have the prerogative of a desk rejection. However, the Editor may return a non-compliant manuscript to the corresponding author/s prior to sending it for review and require that obvious deficiencies be rectified before sending it for review. Such deficiencies include, but are not limited to:

• Failure to adhere to APA standards for presentation, citations, and/or referencing

• Lack of an abstract

• Failure to provide any scholarly referencing

• A length that would make it impractical to publish the article

• A similarity to work already published by the same author/s that causes the manuscript to be nearly identical in substance and/or content to the already published work including work published in an on-line journal or in conference proceedings.

Section Editors

The Editor, with the concurrence of the Associate Editor, may appoint section editors to handle manuscripts that are to be considered for particular sections of the SMR (e.g., Reviews, Case Studies, Research Notes, Book Reviews and other sections). Confirmation of appointment of a Section Editor is subject to ratification by the SMAANZ Board. Manuscripts that are to be reviewed for a section of the SMR for which there is a Section Editor will be provided by the Editor to the Section Editor. The Book Reviews Editor will be supervised by the Associate Editor. Except for the Book Reviews Editor, Section Editors will:

• In consultation with the Editor, appoint reviewers;

• Keep the Editor informed about the progress and status of all manuscripts under their control;

• Handle all of the normal matters of corresponding with reviewers, as well as with author/s in a timely and confidential manner;

• Provide the Editor with all reviewer’s feedback and recommendations and a final written recommendation for all manuscripts in their section;

• Upon recommending acceptance and publication of a manuscript forward the final (edited) electronic copy of the manuscript to the Editor.

Publication schedule

The Editor is responsible for providing manuscripts to the publisher in the required form so that they can be processed for publication. The Editor is responsible for recommending to the publisher of the order of articles for each issue, and the section to which each article is to be assigned. Copies of the manuscripts and instructions to the publisher will

simultaneously be provided to the Associate Editor. The Editor and the Associate Editor are jointly responsible for review and approval of page proofs provided by the publisher.

Soliciting manuscripts

The Editor, Associate Editor, Section Editors and Editorial board members are entitled to solicit potential manuscripts from author/s. Solicited manuscripts are subject to all of the normal review requirements. Section Editors, as a condition of the appointment, are normally required to provide the following numbers of publication ready manuscripts per volume of the journal: Reviews Editor (4), Case Study Editor (3-4), Book Review Editor (8).

Manuscripts submitted by members of the Editorial Board

All members of the Editorial Board, including the Editor, Associate Editor and Sections Editors will not normally be named as an author on more than one manuscript per volume of the journal. The Editor or Section Editor will not be party to the review process for any manuscript on which his or her name appears as an author. Any such manuscript will be handled by the Associate Editor or appropriate Section Editor (see below), who will coordinate the review process and make the final publication decision. In the event that the Editor and the appropriate Section Editor are both authors of a manuscript, that manuscript will be handled by the Associate Editor, unless he or she is also an author. In the event that the Editor and the Associate Editor are both authors of the manuscript, and in the absence of a designated Section Editor, the manuscript will be assigned to a member of the Editorial Board who is not employed at a tertiary institution at which any of the manuscript’s authors is also employed.

Special issues of SMR

The SMR may, at a frequency of not more than once per volume, publish special issues for which all or a subset of articles focus on a common theme.

Any suitably qualified scholar or SMAANZ member may submit a proposal for a special issue. Normally the person(s) proposing the special issue will be nominating themselves as Editor(s) of the Special Issue. The proposal must include (but need not be limited to):

• A description of the theme to be addressed by the special issue;

• Specification of the importance of the theme;

• An indication of the authors that might be expected to contribute manuscripts for publication consideration for the issue;

• Full contact details (name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail) for the editor(s) of the special issue.

The proposal is submitted to the Editor who will confer with the Associate Editor to determine its status. The proposal may be: (1) received favourably, (2) returned for clarification or amendments, after which it will be reviewed again, or (3) rejected. When the Editor and Associate Editor have received the proposal favourably, they will then submit it to the SMAANZ President with a recommendation for approval.

The designated Special Issue Editor will undertake the normal responsibilities of editor for the special issue, with the exception that any manuscripts accepted for the special issue will be submitted to the publisher through the Editor. The Special Issue Editor will:

• In consultation with the Editor, appoint reviewers;

• Keep the Editor informed about the progress and status of all manuscripts under their control;

• Handle all of the normal matters of corresponding with reviewers, as well as with the corresponding author in a timely and confidential manner;

• Provide the Editor with all reviewers’ feedback and recommendations and a final written recommendation for all manuscripts for the Special Issue;

• Upon recommending acceptance and publication of a manuscript forward the final (edited) electronic copy of the manuscript to the Editor.

In the event that revisions are pending on a manuscript at the time that the special issue goes to press, the Special Issue Editor/s will contact the author/s instructing that all further correspondence regarding the manuscript (including the next revision) should be sent to the Editor. The Editor will then assume responsibility for coordinating the remainder of the review process and may choose to hold a manuscript over to a subsequent issue should reviews or revisions not be completed in a timely manner.

When the special issue goes to press, the Special Issue Editor will also provide the Editor with a file for each article submitted for the special issue, whether accepted or rejected. The file will include: a copy of the manuscript, copies of reviews and recommendations from reviewers, and copies of all correspondence between the Special Issue Editor and the author/s.

There will be an open call for papers for any special issue. The opportunity to submit a manuscript to be considered for a special issue will not be restricted only to invited authors. The call for papers will allow sufficient lead time (normally 4 months) such that any author wishing to submit a manuscript can reasonably be expected to meet submission deadlines.

Each manuscript submitted for a special issue will be reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom must be a member of the SMR editorial board. Review standards and protocols normally applied by the Sport Management Review will be used. In the event that one of the authors on any manuscript is also the Special Issue Editor, the review process will be coordinated by the Editor, rather than by the Special Issue Editor. In the event that the Editor is also one of the authors, the manuscript will be handled as in any other instance when the Editor is an author of a submitted manuscript (as described above).

The Special Issue Editor(s) will prepare a short (typically 1,500 to 3,000 words formatted in the normal manner) introductory manuscript for the special issue. The introductory article will normally give an overview of the theme, and provide some insight into the ways that the following articles form a cohesive whole. The Editor and Associate Editor will serve as reviewers for the introductory article in order to provide advice on content and presentation. The introductory article will not otherwise be subject to the normal review process.

If more manuscripts are accepted for publication than can be accommodated in a single issue of the journal, the Special Issue Editor(s) will, in consultation with the Editor, select the manuscripts to be included in the special issue. The remaining manuscripts (in final electronic form) will be provided to the Editor for inclusion in subsequent issue(s) of the SMR.

Approved SMAANZ Board 07 Feb 2008 Updated 10 Aug 2012 – In line with July 2012 Board meeting minutes