Guidelines For Authors

Submission Process

Strategies receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site. 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. For technical support, contact ScholarOne technical support. If you have any other requests, please contact Thomas F. Lawson, Editor, at


Manuscripts should be double-spaced on 8-1/2x11 paper. Page and line number, if possible. Title page should include name, professional title, mailing address, phone, fax and email. To insure blind review, do not include this information on text pages. Limit your article to approximately 10–12 pages. Prepare a cover letter stating that your manuscript has not been previously published and/or is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Blinding of manuscripts. All manuscripts must be properly blinded in order to be sent out for review. In order to properly blind a manuscript, please consider and adhere to the following:

  • Do not list any information that might give away your identity as the author (e.g., your name, school or institution name, state and city names, contact information, etc.). This information must be either deleted (and added later, in the final version), concealed (by replacing it with the word [concealed] in brackets so people know there is a name there that was hidden), or replaced with a vague description (for example, "In one university program" or "In a school in the Northwest").
  • When preparing the manuscript for submission through the online system, authors are given the chance to create a cover page that contains name, affiliation, and contact information, but will not be included in the document sent out to reviewers.
  • In the case of references of which you are the author, it is recommended to conceal or remove them entirely (authors can replace references in text with the parenthesis [Concealed reference] and simply delete those references from the reference list). Again, these can be restored in the final version if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.

In writing articles for Strategies, authors should consider that the journal's goal is to provide information to physical educators and coaches that will assist them in their daily work. We look for articles that identify a problem and offer concrete, step-by-step solutions, or describe "best practices" for typical coach/teacher activities or responsibilities. Strategies does not publish research studies or theoretical treatment of topics, but does welcome manuscripts that explain how research or theory can be applied or put into practice. Authors are encouraged to review recent issues of Strategies for content and format before submitting, or contact the editor for further clarification.

Write in an informal, conversational and straightforward tone, and minimize formal or technical language. Ideas should be clear, concise and logical. Avoid the use of first-person language where possible, rather use third person throughout. Give practical examples, and when appropriate, include photos, tables or charts to illustrate your ideas. Have a colleague review your article for content and clarity of presentation before you submit it for consideration. Abstracts: Authors should include an abstract of 250 words or less. References: Check all references;authors are responsible for accuracy. Printed references are preferred over web references. For reference style, follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Manuscripts will be reviewed by experts and professionals related to the particular subject. All accepted articles are subject to editing by the editorial staff.

Strategies welcomes photos for publication. Submittals for covers must be high quality, glossy color photos in vertical format. Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines: (1) 300 dpi or higher;(2) Sized to fit on journal page;(3) EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only;and (4) Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files. Releases must be obtained from individuals appearing in photos.

Manuscript Tracking Policy
  • Strategies will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts by email.
  • Authors will receive manuscript acceptance, revision or rejection letters, in around three-five months. Authors asked to revise have a six-month period to submit their revisions.
  • Strategies will send a formal acceptance letter to all authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication.
  • Strategies will select publication dates for all manuscripts based on an established editorial calendar. Authors will be notified in advance, and edited manuscripts will be submitted to authors for comments prior to publication.
  • If for any reason Strategies is unable to publish a manuscript within a year of its acceptance, author will be given the option to resubmit elsewhere.
  • Corresponding authors receive one complimentary copy of the issue that contains their article.
Submitting to Standing Columns

Strategies also accepts submissions to standing columns: Advocacy in Action, Theory into Practice and the Educator's Corner.

  • Advocacy in Action provides tangible, real world examples of grassroots and national level advocacy activities taking place in the fields of physical education, health education and physical activity. The journal is particularly interested in firsthand accounts of successful advocacy initiatives that have national relevance to the SHAPE America community. Submissions should be written in a conversational, practical tone and between 1,000-1,300 words, or roughly four typed, double-spaced pages. Submissions should be sent to column editor K. Andrew R. Richards at For a full archive of previous columns can be found at Advocacy in Action.
  • Theory into Practice distills high quality research into understandable and succinct information and identifies key resources to help teachers and coaches improve professional practice and provide high quality programs. Each column (1,000-1,300 words or roughly four typed, double-spaced pages) summarizes research findings about a timely topic of interest to the readership to enable practitioners to apply research, knowledge, and evidence-based practice in physical education and sports. Submissions should be sent to column editor Anthony Parish at
  • Educator's Corner features short articles about one specific, practical teaching lesson that practitioners at the K-12 level can immediately implement in their classroom. Articles focus on either health or physical education and contain a brief introduction, followed by very practical, quick-hitting information such as bullet points or lists. Submissions should not exceed 1,000-1,500 words (or roughly four typed, double-spaced pages) and should be sent to Strategies Managing Editor Thomas Lawson at

For all other inquires or questions please contact Strategies Managing Editor Thomas F. Lawson at 703-476-3451 or