In accordance with the primary aim of the International Journal of Exercise Science (IJES), “to engage undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activity as authors and reviewers as they develop into professionals,” the IJES Editorial Board has established the following policies.
It is required that at least one author be a student (either undergraduate or graduate) at the time the data was collected, and that these students played a prominent role in the overall study. All individuals who are listed as authors should have made substantive intellectual contributions to the overall project, i.e. conception and design of study, collection or acquisition of data, analysis or interpretation of statistics, etc., and should be able to take public responsibility for the content. Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship may be listed in the acknowledgments section.
Manuscript submissions should follow the guidelines outlined in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
IJES will not consider manuscripts that are simultaneously being considered by other journals, or that are redundant or duplicate in nature. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to a pre-review, which will include an originality check using Turnitin software. Please see policy below on Publication Ethics and Malpractice for further information on manuscript originality.
Following pre-review, submitted manuscripts will be evaluated through the peer-review process. In addition to providing students with an outlet for manuscript submission, IJES will engage students as peer reviewers, thus providing students with a more encompassing experience with regards to scholarly activity. Manuscripts of which a student (undergraduate or graduate) is the primary author will be reviewed by one student reviewer and one professional reviewer. Manuscripts of which a professional is the primary author will be reviewed by two professional reviewers.
Submission and Publication Fees
There are no submission or publication fees associated with IJES. The only exception to this is an optional indexing fee (explained below).
IJES is indexed in PubMed Central, the database for open-access journals within PubMed. Authors who choose to have their article indexed in PubMed Central will be assessed an optional fee of $75 USD. This fee is simply to cover our cost of having articles formatted appropriately and uploaded to the PubMed Central site.
All authors (student and professional) who submit a manuscript to IJES will be added to the reviewer pool and may have the opportunity to serve as a peer reviewer on future submissions. Students and professionals who have not submitted a manuscript to IJES may also be invited to serve as peer-reviewers, when necessary.
At the time of submission, authors will have the opportunity to suggest peer-reviewers who may be appropriate to review their submission. IJES reserves the right to use these suggested reviewers for the manuscripts on which they are suggested, on other submissions to IJES, or not at all.
Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated through the peer-review process. In addition to providing students with an outlet for manuscript submission, IJES will engage students as peer reviewers, thus providing students with a more encompassing experience with regards to scholarly activity. Manuscripts in which a student (undergraduate or graduate) is the primary author will be reviewed by one student reviewer and one professional reviewer. Manuscripts in which a professional is the primary author will be reviewed by two professional reviewers.
Select professionals will be invited to serve on the IJES Editorial Board. These appointments will be for three-year terms, and the appointments are renewable.
Select undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to serve on the IJES Editorial Board. These positions will rotate periodically at various increments to allow a greater number of students to gain experience in the editorial office.
IJES Editors-in-Chief may remove a person from the Editorial Board at any time, and for any reason that they deem detrimental to the function of the Editorial Board or to the mission of IJES.
Review articles are welcomed by the journal, and if submitted will be subject to the standard peer-review process, as well as to additional pre-review by the Editors-in-Chief to determine if the review article is timely, if it fits within the scope of IJES, and if it makes a worthy contribution to the literature.
While review articles do not require Methods and Results sections, appropriate subheadings within the manuscript text should be included. All other formatting should be consistent with standard IJES guidelines when submitting a review article for consideration. In addition, it is recommended that a summary table of articles reviewed be included within the manuscript.
Technical Notes are accepted for consideration by IJES, and must follow the same formatting guidelines as manuscripts submitted as Original Research. However, any manuscript submitted as a Technical Note must be research that is focused on a new or novel piece of equipment with limited or no previously published literature, or on a new or novel methodology or research/exercise technique with limited or no previously published literature, or on a novel or narrowly defined research sample with little or no previously published literature.
Recognition, and subsequent review, as a Technical Note (rather than as an Original Research manuscript) will be determined ultimately by the Editors-in-Chief. All manuscripts accepted for review as Technical Notes will be reviewed by two members of the Editorial Board.
Publication Ethics and Malpractice
Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home.
All manuscripts are reviewed for originality using the latest, most up-to-date Turnitin software prior to being assigned for peer-review. IJES reserves the right to reject without peer-review any manuscript not meeting originality requirements, and also to inform the Institutional Review Board at the institution(s) of the offending authors.
All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.
All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential by editors and reviewers. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the written consent of the authors.