Sport Marketing Quarterly Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be written in English and follow all instructions. SMQ does not accept previously published submissions. Manuscripts of original research submitted to SMQ must not be submitted to another publication for consideration. Submit manuscripts electronically as a Word document or LaTeX file format to Scholastica at:

How to Prepare the Manuscript

Since manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, author names should not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the file properties of the submitted manuscript. The submitting author should provide a separate cover sheet listing the following:

  • Manuscript title,
  • The name, rank, institution, and research interests of each author,
  • Authorship order,
  • An email address for each author,
  • Primary author’s mailing address and preferred phone number.
  • If appropriate, identify whether the manuscript is derived from a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Provide a 280-character statement that succinctly describes the unique aspects of the research, which (if published) will be used for @SMQuarterly and other social media outlets. At least one of the contributing authors should have a Twitter handle that is associated with the manuscript. Authors will be asked to supply these details when the manuscript is submitted.

Preface the manuscript with a 150-word abstract, followed by a list of keywords. Manuscripts should be double-spaced using an easily readable 12-point font (e.g., Times New Roman). Manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages, including text, tables, figures, charts, endnotes, and references. Authors should follow the style of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to prepare the manuscript and all text, tables, and figures. The number of tables and figures should be limited to only those necessary to complement the text of the manuscript. It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission for the use of copyrighted photos, figures, or tables in the manuscript.

Each figure should be prepared separately as a rasterized image file (TIFF, JPG, PNG, or EPS) and grouped together at the end of the manuscript, appropriately numbered and captioned. Figures, drawings, and tables must be clean, stable, black-and-white or greyscale only, and at least 600 DPI resolution. Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress are the preferred software for creating SMQ figures.

Equations prepared in Word should be saved as separate rasterized image files (TIFF, JPG, PNG) embedded in the appropriate line of text.

The order of the submitted manuscript is as follows:

  • Title page
  • Blind title page (without name(s) and addresses)
  • Abstracts (150 words) with keywords
  • Text (double spaced)
  • Endnotes (if included)
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Appendices

Manuscripts submitted to the Sport Marketing Quarterly undergo double blind review. Reviewer comments will be returned as soon as practically possible. The journal strives to complete the review process and provide authors with a decision regarding the status of their submission within two months of receiving the manuscript.

All inquiries about submissions and review or publication decisions for manuscripts should be directed to: Brianna Newland, Editor, at

Disclosure Statements

Each author is required to disclose any conflicts of interest related to the article. Each author must prepare and submit a separate disclosure statement consistent with the following requirements. If an author does not have anything to disclose, the author must affirm this in a statement.

Sources of Financial Support for Publication. Every accepted article must state the sources of financial support for the particular research it describes. If none, that fact must be stated.

Financial Interests. Each author must identify interested parties with whom the author has a significant financial relationship. An author is deemed to have a significant relationship with an interested party when he or she has received financial support of at least $10,000 in the past three years. Financial support includes consultant fees, grants, in-kind support, honorariums, and the like. An interested party is any individual, organization, or entity that has a financial, ideological, or political stake related to the article.

Affiliations. Each author must disclose paid or unpaid positions as an officer, director, or board member of relevant non-profit or government organizations or for-profit entities. A relevant organization is one whose policy positions, goals, or financial interests relate to the article. Disclosure requirements apply to the author and any close family relative of the author, such as a spouse or dependent child.

Failure to disclose relevant information at the submission stage may result in corrective action including, but not limited to, reversal of publication acceptance or publication of a notice in the journal or on the journal’s website that the authors failed to comply with the disclosure requirements identified above.

AI and AI-Assisted Technologies. Authors bear the responsibility of the accuracy, integrity, and transparency of their work. Thus, use of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) technologies or an AI technology listed as co-author is not permitted. Recognizing, however, that AI technology can provide assistance in compiling data for research, such AI-generated data may be used, provided that authors take full responsibility for all content and attest to factual and citation accuracy; mathematical, logical, and commonsense reasoning and originality of all AI-generated data used or referenced in the work.

Self-Archiving Green Open Access

FiT Publishing journals operate within a traditional publication model, financially supported by subscriptions. In fulfilling the mission of the exchange of ideas as part of the International Center for Performance Excellence, FiT Publishing supports Green Open Access self-archiving for authors to fulfill funder and institution research publication requirements.

Authors of papers accepted for publication by FiT Journals may self-archive the accepted manuscript after peer review, under the following conditions.

Exceptions and Limitations
  • The self-archived version must be the accepted manuscript after peer review.
  • An embargo period of six (6) months from publication must be observed before self-archiving the accepted manuscript.
  • The accepted manuscript can be self-archived to author(s) institutional repository, or other non-commercial, open access repositories for discoverability, and to the author’s personal website.
  • The accepted manuscript must include a link to the Publisher and its version of record (VOR) by DOI number.
  • FiT Publishing should be attributed as the original place of publication, providing a correct citation.
  • The accepted manuscript should include a CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial) user license.
  • Article Processing Charges (APC) do not apply.