Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport publishes research in the art and science of human movement that contributes significantly to the knowledge base of the field as new information, reviews, substantiation or contradiction of previous findings, development of theory, or an application of new or improved techniques. The goals of RQES are to provide a scholarly outlet for knowledge that: (1) contributes to the study of human movement, particularly its cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature; (2) impacts theory and practice regarding human movement; (3) stimulates research about human movement; and (4) provides theoretical reviews and tutorials related to the study of human movement.

Manuscript Submissions

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site here. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web based platform. ScholarOne technical support is available here. If you have any other requests, please contact Weimo Zhu, Editor-in-Chief, at RQES Editorial Office, Dept. Of Kinesiology & Community Health - Freer Hall, 906 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 333-7503; fax: (217) 244-7322, e-mail:

Each manuscript must be accompanied with a cover letter which:

  • Includes the statement: "This manuscript represents results of original work that have not been published elsewhere (except as an abstract in conference proceedings). This manuscript has not and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere until a decision is made regarding its acceptability for publication in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. If accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere. Furthermore, if there are any perceived financial conflicts of interest related to the research reported in the manuscript, I/we (the author/s) have disclosed it in the Author's Notes."
  • Includes the statement: "All authors acknowledge ethical responsibility for the content of the manuscript and will accept the consequences of any ethical violation."   For further information, view this document.
  • Includes the statement: "This research is not part of a larger study." If it is, then authors must follow the guidelines specified on pp. 13–15 of the APA publications manual (6th ed.).
  • Indicates the section in which the authors want the manuscript to be reviewed. Interdisciplinary manuscripts are encouraged, and authors should indicate the sections that overlap the manuscript content.
Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th ed.) style.  All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced have margins of at least one inch on all sides, pages numbered, use running head version of title in header, and include continuous line numbers. Papers deviating from the recommended format will not be reviewed until they are revised to meet the appropriate format. Authors are responsible for checking each reference against the original source for accuracy. Because reviews are blind, make certain that no author-identifying information appears in the manuscript. Manuscript order: (1) blind title page (titles are limited to 15 words and running head are limited to 50 character spaces), (2) abstract (no more than 250 words*) and key words,** (3) text (uses APA format section headings and manuscript text must conclude with a brief section  of up to 250 words titled "What Does This Article Add?"***, (4) references (empirical studies: 35 max.), (5) footnotes, (6) tables, and (7) figures. Original article must not exceed a total of 28 pages and Research Notes may not exceed 15 pages, including references, tables, and figures. Longer papers may be considered under special circumstances.

* For most papers RQES requires a structured abstract format that must label the following sections: Purpose, Method, Results, and Conclusion(s) within the abstract paragraph. For certain types of papers section labels are optional (e.g., commentaries, conceptual papers, historical, narrative reviews, philosophical, position papers).

** For indexing purposes, include up to four key words that are not also in the title.

***The researcher should identify key message(s) from the study, which might include the meaningfulness of the work, how it adds to the body of knowledge (e.g., practical, clinical, theoretical applications, or societal relevance), and/or reasonable speculation regarding future directions. This section should not summarize the paper or repeat its conclusions.


References, citations, and general style of manuscripts are to be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th ed.) style. Examples:

  • Journal:
    Ellemberg, D., Leclerc, S., Couture, S., & Daigle, C. (2007). Prolonged neuropsychological impairments following a first concussion in female university soccer athletes. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 17, 369–374.
  • Book:
    Ruegg, J. C. (1992). Calcium in muscle activation: Cellular and molecular physiology. Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag.
  • Contribution to a Book: Leclercq, M., & Azouvi, P. (2002). Attention after traumatic brain injury. In M. Leclercq & P. Zimmermann (Eds.), Applied neuropsychology of attention: Theory, diagnosis, and rehabilitation (pp. 257–279). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Protecting and Labeling Research Participants

The RQES editorial board requires all authors submitting manuscripts for review and possible publication to obtain approval from the institutional review board or other institutional authority. All humans participating in the research should provide informed consent, regardless of the country's regulations under which the research was conducted. The author must include a statement that the institutional review board approved the research, or some similar phraseology and address that consent was obtained. The Editor-in-Chief understands that such a statement indicates the author's guarantee of compliance with the National Research Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-348). All studies involving animal experimentation must be conducted in conformance with the Guiding Principles in the Care and Use of Animals of the American Physiological Society.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality production and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on journal page; EPS, TIFF, or PSD format; submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures are to be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th ed.) style Tables and figures are not to be embedded in the text, but are to be included as separate files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. Figures should be clearly labeled with a clear legend, taking into account necessary size reduction. Reference all tables and figures in text to indicate placement.


Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author using Taylor & Francis' Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.


Authors are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of SHAPE America. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Reprints and Issues

The corresponding author of each article will receive one complete copy of the issue in which the article appears. Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.