Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process


Publication of articles in Journal of Sport Education (JOPE) is dependent solely on scientific validity and coherence as judged by our editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Journal of Sport Education (JOPE) acknowledged the effort and suggestions made by its reviewers.


Initial evaluation of manuscripts

The Editor will first evaluate all manuscripts submitted at a maximum of 3 weeks time. Although rare, yet it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the aims and scope of the Journal of Sport Education (JOPE). Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to expert reviewers for review. It usually took up to 8 weeks.

Type of peer review

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates the already published works, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The method is double blind peer review.

Review reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

    Is original by stating the objectives and gap clearly
    Is methodologically sound
    Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
    Has results/findings which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
    Correctly references previous relevant work
    Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer-review process.

Decision

Reviewers advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. Editor’s decision is final.