Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

Official Publication of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
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Editorial Policy

Published four times a year, the Sociology of Sport Journal was created to stimulate and communicate research, critical thought, and theory development on issues pertaining to the sociology of sport. The journal publishes empirical, theoretical, and position papers, book reviews, and critical essays. Analyses of sport from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged and submissions concerning with sport, play, games, exercise, leisure, and body culture are welcomed. Members of NASSS receive SSJ as part of their membership.

Instructions to Contributors

In preparing manuscripts for publication in the Sociology of Sport Journal, authors should adhere to the guidelines provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2001. Copies of this manual are found in most university libraries and a basic guide and tips can be found online at Examples of format guidelines may also be seen in articles in the American Sociological Review (after 1986) and the Sociology of Sport Journal (beginning with Vol. 5).

  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced including the abstract, all block quotations and field notes, references, and tables.
  • Tables, figures, and graphs must be clearly labeled and included on separate pages.
  • All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of 75-125 words typed on a separate page. The Sociology of Sport Journal will provide a French abstract for each article.
  • Footnotes should be limited in number and none may exceed 6 lines in length. Content footnotes are distracting to readers; therefore all important information should be included in the text and all incidental information should be omitted.
  • Figures can be submitted if they are saved in eps, tiff, or pict format.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central, the online submission system for Sociology of Sport Journal at Please access the site and follow the directions for authors submitting manuscripts.

Review Process

Manuscripts are read by two (2) reviewers, with the review process taking 7 (seven) to 10 (ten) weeks. There are no page charges for contributors. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics.**

A blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts. With each copy of the manuscript, authors are requested to submit a separate cover sheet including the title of the manuscript, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s), running head, date of manuscript submission, and full mailing address and phone number of the author who is to receive the galley proofs. The first page of the manuscript should omit the author’s name and affiliation but include the title of the manuscript and date of submission. Footnotes that identify the author should be typed on a separate page, and any clues to the author’s identity should be eliminated. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of topical relevance, theoretical and methodological adequacy, and clarity of explanation and analysis.

Editorial Leadership Team

Senior Editor: Michael Giardina, Florida State University, USA,
Associate Editor: Jayne Caudwell, University of Brighton, UK,
Associate Editor: Simon Darnell, University of Toronto, CA,
Past Editor Michael Atkinson, University of Toronto, CA,
Editorial Assistant: TBA,
Book Review Editor: Theresa Walton-Fisette, Kent State University, USA,,

Editorial Board

2010 – 2013
Lawrence Chalip, University of Texas – Austin
Delia Douglas, Independent Scholar
Jeffrey Montez de Oca, U of C at Colorado Springs
Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato
Lawrence Wenner, Loyola Marymount University

2009 – 2012
Michael Atkinson, University of Toronto
Andrew Billings, Clemson University
Mark Falcous, University of Otago
Eileen Kennedy, Brunel University
Rich King, Washington State University
Annelies Knoppers, University of Utrecht

2008 – 2011
Michelle Helstein, University of Lethbridge
David Howe, Loughborough University
Jason Laurendeau, University of Lethbridge
Mary McDonald, Miami University of Ohio
Howard Nixon, Towson University
Faye Linda Wachs, Cal Poly Pomona

2007 – 2011
David Andrews, University of Maryland
Michael Silk, University of Bath