SMQ Submission Guidelines

Article Submissions

1. Manuscripts submitted to SMQ should not be submitted to another publication while under review for SMQ.

2. Manuscripts submitted to SMQ should be electronically as a .doc or .docx file by visiting http://editorialexpress.com/smq and following the instructions.

3. Authors’ names should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. A cover sheet listing the manuscript title and the order of authors as well as the primary author’s name, mailing address, preferred phone, and fax numbers and email address should accompany each manuscript. In addition, information regarding each author’s rank, institution, and research interests should be listed as well as email addresses for all co-authors. If appropriate, identify if the manuscript is derived from a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

4. The authors should provide a written “contribution statement” for the submission that answers the following two questions: a) what is known so far in the field? and b) how the present work intends to add to that knowledge? This statement should be no more than 300 words and should appear before the abstract on a separate page.

5. A 150-word abstract should preface each manuscript. Manuscripts should be double-spaced using an easily readable 12-point font. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages, including text, tables, figures, charts, footnotes, and references. Authors should follow the style of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in preparing all text, tables, and figures (e.g., italics used to report statistical information, indented second line in references list).

6. Manuscripts submitted to SMQ undergo double-blind review. The editor will examine all manuscripts and determine if the content is congruent with the focus of the journal. If the content of the manuscript is not congruent with SMQ’s focus, the editor will return the manuscript to the author(s) with an explanation. If the content of the manuscript is congruent with SMQ’s focus, the editor will determine if the manuscript should be “previewed” or “reviewed.” The editor will ask for a preview when the manuscript has been examined and determined that there may be questions related to the concept, writing, methodology, results, discussion, or implementation. Previewers will provide the editor with a general rationale for rejection OR disagree with the editor’s opinion, in which case a full review will be conducted. The editor will ask for a review when the manuscript has been read and determined to be of acceptable or high quality in concept, writing, methodology, results, discussion, and implementation.

7. The editor will provide authors with a completed review within 8 weeks.

8. Authors warrant that the manuscript is original except for excerpts and illustrations from copyrighted works that may be included with permission of the copyright owner, such permissions to be obtained by the authors at their own expense. The manuscripts submitted to the publisher must contain the appropriate credit line, if any, required by copyright holders of material adapted or reprinted for use.

9. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication will be required to transfer copyright to FiT Publishing, publisher of SMQ.

All inquiries about submissions and reviews related to refereed research manuscripts should be directed to: 

Stephen L. Shapiro, editor
shapirosmq@odu.edu

Sport Marketing and the Law Column Submission Guidelines

1. The Sport Marketing and the Law column aims to educate and enlighten the SMQ audience on relevant and timely legal issues at the nexus of sport marketing and the law. Submissions to this column must be based upon either a recent or pending court case or federal legislative action that provides legal precedent and application to the practice of sport marketing. The author(s) must provide legal analysis as well as tie the legal case/decision or legislation to the implications for sport marketers. The column should be written in a manner that is targeted to an audience of primarily non-lawyers (i.e., avoid unnecessarily technical or procedural legal terminology).

2. Submissions to this section should be in the range of 1,500-2,000 words (exclusive of the reference list in APA format) and be double-spaced.

3. Column submissions will be reviewed by the section co-editors to determine if the content is congruent with the focus of the column. If the content of the submission is not congruent with the column’s focus, the co-editors will return the submission to the author(s) with an explanation.  If the content of the submission is congruent with the column’s focus, the article will undergo a single blind review.  The author(s) will receive a decision on acceptance, re-submission, or rejection of publication within four (4) weeks of submission.

4. Stipulations set forth in the manuscript submission guidelines with respect to originality and copyright transfer also apply to the Sport Marketing and the Law section of SMQ.

All inquiries and submissions to the “Sport Marketing and the Law” column should be jointly directed to:

John Grady, Sport Marketing and the Law section co-editor at jgrady@mailbox.sc.edu and

Anita M. Moorman, Sport Marketing and the Law section co-editor at amm@louisville.edu.

Case Study Submissions

1. As the intent of the Case Study section is to provide case studies that can be used in the classroom, case study submissions to SMQ should summarize an issue facing a sport organization and challenge the reader to develop solutions based on the facts provided in the case. In addition to providing facts, the case study should also frame the issue under study theoretically.

2. Case study submissions should be accompanied by a separate file that includes teaching notes for the case. In the teaching notes, authors should outline the following: a brief summary of the case (150 words or less); the theoretical areas of sport marketing and the courses to which the case is applicable; a list of discussion questions as well as sample answers to those questions; information on how the challenge was addressed, if applicable; guidelines on how to coordinate class discussion about the case; and a list of additional readings and/or resources that can be used with the case study. The entire teaching notes file should not exceed 8 pages, double-spaced. If accepted, the teaching notes will be posted on the FiT website as a service to instructors.

3. Case study submissions should follow all of the submission and style requirements listed above for manuscripts with the exception that the case study should not exceed 18 pages including tables, charts, etc. (excluding teaching notes).

4. Case studies submitted to SMQ will undergo double-blind review. SMQ will attempt to provide feedback to case study authors within 8 weeks. 5. Stipulations set forth in the manuscript submission guidelines with respect to originality and copyright transfer also apply to the Case Study section of SMQ.

All inquiries about submissions and reviews related to refereed case study manuscripts should be directed to:

Artemisia Apostolopoulou, section editor
apostolopoulou@rmu.edu