About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical education and Recreation (SAJRSPER) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles, systematic reviews, commentaries, and letters on topics related to Sport and Exercise Science, Physical education and Recreation. This includes research of topics such as biomechanics, motor control, sports injuries and rehabilitation, clinical exercise interventions, physical education and outdoor and recreation-related. Material that is particularly unique and relevant to the subject content at an international and national level would be considered. Three volumes are printed a year.

Peer Review Process

The peer-review process is handled and recorded via an online editorial system. After a manuscript is submitted via the online system by a researcher, the Editor screens the manuscript and rejects unsuitable or poor-quality manuscripts at this point. Articles deemed appropriate for peer-review are sent to an editorial board member who is a content expert and who will serve as the subject editor. Subject editors will then invite at least two (2) reviewers. Reviewers are invited if they are experienced researchers with expertise in the contents of the manuscript. Following acceptance to perform the review, the reviewers are furnished with a copy of the manuscript and the journal’s peer review guidelines, to which they are asked to adhere. The identity of the authors and their affiliation details are blanked out to ensure a blind review. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within 4 weeks. Reviewers submit their reports via the online editorial system with a recommendation on the readiness of the paper for publication. The editor collates the review reports and makes a decision on the status of the paper accordingly.

Manuscripts may be: accepted (subject to minor or no revisions); declined; returned to the authors for revision (to address all reviewer comments in detail, with the possibility of resending for peer review depending on the nature of the reviewer comments); or invited for re-submission altogether.  Authors are not made aware of the identity of a reviewer (double-blind approach) unless insisted upon by the reviewer for transparency. Members of the editorial board may be called upon to make additional recommendations. 

The Editor has the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts. The Editor may assign a rating to reviewers based on the quality of their review, which is entered into the online system for future reference. 

Enrol as a reviewer

Readers who are actively involved in research and with particular expertise are encouraged to serve as peer reviewers of the journal:
 

  • Already a registered user? Login the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reviewer' as a role. Kindly express your interest to serve as a Reviewer in an email to the Editor specifying your user login.
     
  • Not a registered user? Reviewers are required to register with the journal website. Kindly also express your interest to serve as a Reviewer in an email to the Editor. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.

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Accept an invitation to review

Login to the journal website, click on Reviewer and then the title of the article under active submissions. Under Review Step 1 select the email icon adjacent to the appropriate response (will do the review/unable to do the review) to notify the Editor.

Performing/submitting a review

Ensure that you have accepted to perform the review (outlined above) and consulted the Reviewer Guidelines provided. Login to the journal website, click on the Reviewer and the title of the article under active submissions. Complete Steps 2 - 7 and click 'Submit Review to Editor'. Should you require further assistance, contact the Editor.

Publication Frequency

Three issues will be published per annum. Publication is set for March, July and November of each year. 

Open Access Policy

All articles published by the South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation are currently not open access. A subscription fee of ZAR 1000 or USD 150 per annum is payable to receive a printed copy of the journal.

Comments Policy

The posting of comments to published articles requires registration with this journal website. Only constructive comments that relate to the published material will be permitted. Posted comments solely represent the opinions of the respective user and not those of the South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, and do not imply endorsement by the South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation reserves the right to remove comments without notice that is abusive, threatening, defamatory, contain advertising or spam, or violate another user’s privacy. The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation reserves the right to revoke the privileges of users that post inappropriate material. Such material may be brought to the attention of the Editor. The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation reserves the right to modify this policy without notice.

Notifications

Readers of the South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation are encouraged to register with the journal website to receive notifications of new issues published.
 

  • Already a registered user? Login to the journal website and edit your profile to include 'Reader' as a role.
     
  • Not a registered user? Register with the journal website and specify 'Reader' as a role in your user profile. For assistance contact the Editor. Please read our privacy policy regarding registration.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's work, words or ideas without attribution or permission, and representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism may take many forms, ranging from major plagiarism (the copy-and-paste of large amounts of text), to minor plagiarism without dishonest intent (e.g. when an author uses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper) and even self-plagiarism (the reuse of significant, identical or near-identical portions of one's own work without citing the original version).

The journal applies the use of Grammarly, an initiative to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are automatically scanned for plagiarism to verify originality. 

Manuscripts containing plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the journal. If plagiarism is brought to light after a manuscript has been published, the journal will proceed to conduct a preliminary investigation. Suspected misconduct will be reported to the institutes and funding agencies of the authors concerned. The journal reserves the right to formally retract such manuscripts and publish statements to reference material as plagiarism.

Publishing Fees

There is an article processing charge (APC) of ZAR 300 per page for accepted manuscripts.

Copyright & License Terms

Copyright on articles is owned by the journal.

Digital Preservation Policy

This journal utilizes the North-West University server to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

Indexing/Listing

The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation is indexed/listed by the following:

  • SCOPUS
  • SportDiscus
  • EBSCO
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • AJOL
  • DHET Accredited
  • SABINET
  • Elsevier
  • Medline

View the ASSAf Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa Report on Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in the Health Sciences and Related Medical Fields (2014) for an independent peer-review of SAJRSPER. 

Usage and Impact

Statistics are generated through OJS, as well as all other platforms indexing SAJRSPER.

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Editorial Policy

This journal subscribes to the ASSAf National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Review for South African Scholarly Journals.

Sponsors

The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation is an academic journal reporting on evidence-based research and has no financial sponsor. It is hosted at the research focus area for Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation of the North-West University,  where infrastructure is made available.

 Sources of Support

The South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation is hosted using OJS, made available by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).