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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, 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 edudeporte or current issues. Letters should not exceed two pages and 5 references.


Contributions must be sent from this page (Online Form).


Guidelines for PAPERS

Document format: The document must be sent in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, 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 sent in English.

Title page (via email):
Title of paper: short, without abbreviations.

Short title.
Name and surname of all authors, academic or professional title, and academia institution (Faculty, Department, Centre, etc.).
Corresponding author: name, postal and e-mail address, phone and fax number of the author responsible for correspondence on the manuscript.

Title page (Online):
Title of paper: short, without abbreviations.

Short title.
Name and surname (metadata section)…

  • Ensuring a blind peer review: 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.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

Abstract and keywords (via email):
The second page will include a summary not exceeding 275 words, followed by 3-6 keywords not included in the title.

Abstract and keywords (Online): include in metadata section

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, sex 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.


References: 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.