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Author Guidelines

The journal welcomes unsolicited original scientific contributions on all topics relevant to sport and physical education. Papers should be written in an economic, clear, intelligible and concise style. Since kinesiology is a diverse field, readability, general interest and utility for our global readership are particularly important for us. We ask authors to avoid using acronyms or references to programmes, institutions, geography or other features that may not be easily understood by readers from other parts of the world. Since English is not the first language of many KinSi readers, we ask authors to avoid or explain terms or idioms likely to be difficult to translate. Please see also instructions to authors.

Kinesiologia Slovenica uses Open Journal Systems and manuscripts must therefore be submitted online. Please click the here and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions provided.

 

The journal will consider full-length original articles (empirical and theoretical), reviews, short reports, case studies and letters to the editor.

Original articles present original empirical and theoretical articles on various aspects of sports sciences. Although there is no set length limit, it is recommended that they be no longer than 4,000 words, without references. There should be no more than 40 references.

Review articles are generally by invitation. Other review articles may be considered, but should be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief or the Section Editors. There are no length limits. There should be no more than 120 references.

Letters to the Editor are generally comments on papers published in Kinesiologia Slovenica. There should be no abstract, and the text should be continuous text with paragraphs but no  subsections. Accordingly, subtitles should not be used. Any acknowledgments should be included in the body of the letter. Letters must be double-spaced. Word count: less than 1,000 words. Figures and tables: 1 figure or 1 table. There should be no more than 5 references.

Short reports provide preliminary communications of new data or research methods. Manuscripts should be no longer than 1,000 words and may only include 1 figure or 1 table. Short reports should include an abstract of no more than 75 words. There should be no more than 5 references.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the instructions (please see below). Manuscripts not complying with the following requirements and directives for process, style, and format will not enter the peer-review process.

The submission should include a cover letter stating that the manuscript contains original material only that has not previously been published, and is not currently under consideration elsewhere, nor will be submitted elsewhere until a final decision has been made by the journal. The cover letter should be signed by the corresponding author.

The submission should also include a Copyright Transfer Statement (please follow the link) which must be signed by all authors and accompany the manuscript at the time of submission. Failure to comply will delay the publication.

KinSi uses Scholar Manuscript central and manuscripts must therefore be submitted electronically. For complete instructions on how to do so, go to https://journals.uni-lj.si/kinsi/about/submissions and follow the instructions for creating an account and submitting a manuscript.

On submission, authors are requested to nominate two expert reviewers for their manuscript; these potential reviewers must not have been informed about their nomination and should not be a member of the author's institutions.

Original articles and reviews should be composed as follows:

  • Title page
  • Second page - abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion and Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Conflicts of interest
  • References
  • Tables
  • Legends
  • Figures and Illustrations

Introduction. The paper's purpose should be stated, the reason for the study given and the relevant findings of prior studies (briefly) presented.

Materials and Methods. Participants, phenomena or objects under observation should be described precisely (Participants). The methods, any apparatus (including the manufacturer's name and address), and procedures should be identified in sufficient detail to allow other investigators to reproduce the results. References should be given for all nonstandard methods used. For experiments in which humans were studied, the procedures should follow the standards of the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. Please include a statement that informed consent and local ethics committee approval has been provided for human studies.

Results. The results should be presented in text, tables and figures in the logical order. Limit the number of tables and figures to the minimum (a total of 6). Do not duplicate the results in figures, tables and text. Use graphs as an alternative to tables, but do not duplicate the information in tables and graphs. Define the statistical terms, abbreviations and symbols. All given units should be in accordance with the international metric system, use a decimal point, not a comma.

Discussion and Conclusions. The discussion section's aim is to evaluate and interpret the implications of the results, especially with respect to the original hypothesis. Discuss the implications and possible limitations you have found and which can be expected in further studies. Compare your work with previous research. Emphasis should be put on new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow. Do not repeat data or other information given in the introduction or results in detail. Connect the conclusions with the aims of the work, but avoid statements and conclusions that do not follow from your data. State new hypotheses if your data warrant them, but make sure it is clear that they are only hypotheses. If you use data from published or unpublished sources, obtain permission, acknowledge it and list the source in the proper section.

It should contain:

  • a concise and informative title in the English and Slovenian languages (each title should not exceed 150 characters with spaces). For authors who do not speak Slovenian, this will be prepared by the Editorial Board;
  • the name(s) of the author(s);
  • the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s). If multiple affiliations are presented, indicate with superscript numbers which authors are associated with which affiliations;
  • the e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author; and
  • a running head of no more than 50 characters, including spaces.

It should contain:

  • the English title;
  • a structured abstract in English and in Slovenian (for authors who do not speak Slovenian this will be prepared by the Editorial Board);
  • the abstract should not exceed 250 words, covering the main factual points of the background, hypothesis or the Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions;
  • 3–5 key words (other than those mentioned in the title) at the bottom of the abstract. Key words should be written in the English and Slovenian languages(for authors who do not speak Slovenian this will be prepared by the Editorial Board).
  • A normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) should be used for the text.
  • Use double spacing with page margins set at 2.5 cm.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • The automatic page numbering function to number the pages should be used.
  • Field functions should not be used.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents.
  • To make tables, use the table function, not spreadsheets.
  • Use the equation editor for equations.
  • The file should be saved in doc format.
  • Do not submit docx files.
  • Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Only use standard abbreviations. Avoid using abbreviations in titles and abstracts. The word or term to be abbreviated should be stated in full the first time, immediately followed in parentheses by the abbreviation that will be used afterwards. Standard measurement units are an exception to this rule.

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds etc. should be placed in a separate section after the discussion and before the reference list. The names of funding organisations should be written in full.

Each statement, finding or thought of others should be backed by a reference. The references in the text should be cited according to the APA system (see: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, 2009; also see: http://www.apastyle.org). In parentheses, the author's surname should be given, separated by a comma from the publication year. Where there are more than one author, up to six should be given - before the last surname use "and" instead of a comma. If there are more than six, name only the first and add "et al.". Join the names in a multiple-author citation in running text by the word "and". In parenthetical material, in tables and captions, and in the reference list, join the names with an ampersand ("&"). All citations must be included in the list of references given at the end of the article. This list should only contain works that are published or otherwise publicly available. References should be written according to the APA system. All the authors should be stated, regardless of their number. If the author is unknown, start with the title of the work . If you are citing a work that is in print but has not yet been published, state all the data and, instead of the publication year, write "in print". Citations such as personal communication, unpublished lectures or presentations and similar are not to be included in the references list. The main data for works such as the author, publisher, title etc. should be given in the language of the original publication. If the work is not written in English, provide an English translation of the title in square parentheses immediately after the original title (see the given reference examples).

Examples of citing references:

Zatsiorsky, V. M. (1995). Science and Practice of Strength Training. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Zupan, A. (2010). Principi reševanja konfliktnih situacij pri učenju smučanja otrok [Principles of resolving conflict situations when teaching children skiing]. Unpublished bachelor's thesis, Ljubljana: Fakulteta za šport.

Filipčič, A. (1993). Zanesljivost in veljavnost izbranih in motoričnih testov v tenisu [Reliability and validity of selected motorics tests in tennis]. Unpublished master's thesis, Ljubljana: Fakulteta za šport.

Tomažin, K. (2001). Spremembe površinskega EMG signala pod vplivom periferne utrujenosti: doktorska disertacija [Changes in surface EMG signal under the influence of peripheral fatigue]. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Ljubljana: Fakulteta za šport.

Schutz, R. W., & Gessaroli, M. E. (1993). Use, misuse and disuse of psychometrics in sport psychology research. In R. N. Singer, M. Murphey, & L. K. Tennant (Eds.), Handbook of research on sport psychology (pp. 901-917). New York: Macmillan.

Cronin, J.B., & Hansen, K.T. (2005). Strength and power predictors of sports speed. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 19(2), 349‒357.

Baca, A., Kornfeind, P., & Heller, M. (2007). Two systems for providing KR feedback in table tennis training. In M. Kondrič & G. Furjan Mandić (Eds.), Proceedings book of The 10th Anniversary ITTF Sports Science Congress (pp. 316 - 320). Zagreb: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology; Croatian Table Tennis Association; International Table Tennis Federation.

APA Style: Reference Examples for Electronic Source Materials. (n.d.). Retrieved 3 February 2012 from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/index.asp and http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/references-example.pdf. 

All illustrations (photographs, sketches, schemata, diagrams, algorithms and other graphical material) should be provided in camera-ready form, suitable for reproduction. A chart, photograph or diagram are all to be referred to as "Figure" and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to. Figures should always be cited in the text. Figure parts should be denoted with lowercase letters (a, b, c,...). A maximum of 6 figures (together with tables) should be included in a manuscript submission. They should accompany the manuscript but should not be included in the text. All illustrations should be prepared by computer software, each printed on a separate page and suitable for black- and-white printing. Each figure should be saved in a standard graphics format (EPS, PDF, GIF, and TIF). Please state in the text where these illustrations should be included (e.g. ***Place Figure 1 near here***). All figures must have a caption. Captions should be supplied on  a separate sheet. Each illustration should have a number and a title. Legends to illustrations should be given at the foot of the illustration. If illustrations contain symbols, arrows, numbers or letters, these should be explained in detail in the legend. Figures should be designed to fit a one-column (13.5 cm) or 1/2 column width (6.75 cm). Figures should not exceed the page length (19.5 cm).

Good quality printouts on white paper produced in black ink are required. All lettering, graph lines and points on graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to permit reproduction when a diagram has been reduced to a size suitable for inclusion in the journal. Dye-line prints or photocopies are unsuitable for reproduction. Do not use any type of shading on computer-generated illustrations.

Tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively. Tables should have self-explanatory headings, a suitable caption and be double-spaced and designed to fit a one-column width (13.5 cm). Tables should not exceed the page length (19.5 cm). Tables should be submitted separately. No vertical lines should be used, horizontal lines only between the table title and column headings,between the column headings and the main body of the table! Tables should accompany the manuscript, but should not be included in the text. It should be clearly stated where they are to be inserted within the text (e.g. ***Place Table 1 here***). Each table should be printed on a separate sheet. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g. in figures).

Please note: There is an individual file size limit of 350 mb. Files over 350 mb could not be uploaded. Images that are greater than 40 megapixels (length in pixels multiplied by height in pixels) can be uploaded , but they will not be converted by the system.

When presenting equations please simplify the complex formulae and check them carefully. Simple in-text formulas and equations should be presented in a single line. Number the displayed equations consecutively, with the number in parentheses near the right margin of the page. All characters should be accompanied by a text (please see below).

Equation sample: The fatigue index was calculated according to the equation (1):

FI = 100 - ((JH2/JH1)*100)                            (1)

where FI is the fatigue index, JH1 is the average jump height in the first set, JH2 is the average jump height in the second set.

All manuscripts written according to the above instructions will be evaluated via a blind- review process by at least two reviewers. The reviewers will be chosen by the editors. The review process normally takes about 4-6 weeks. After the review process has been completed the main author will be notified by e-mail of the acceptance, revision or rejection of the manuscript. Authors should revise their work according to the reviewers' suggestions and resubmit the revised manuscript online. Authors should also submit a list of changes or a rebuttal against each point raised together with the revised manuscript. In the revision, authors should indicate the presence of new text using red font colour (without changing the font type or underlining).

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting errors and the accuracy of the text, tables and figures and supplementary material. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the reviewing Editor. After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an erratum which will be hyperlinked to the article.

Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word and uses template from www.kinsi.si.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and in template provided at the www.kinsi.si.

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