Journal of Human Kinetics

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Instructions for Authors

For Authors

The general structure of the article

  • MS Word editor
  • font: Times New Roman
  • 12-point type
  • all margins: 2 cm
  • interline: 1.5
  • text alignment: justified
  • pages numbered
  • line numbering in the body of the manuscript
  • words division turned off
  • standard division into paragraphs (each new paragraph should be indented)
  • type only one space following the end of a sentence

Please submit your manuscript via our online submission system. Considering the double-blind peer review process principles, make sure that the submitted manuscript does not contain any identifying data such as authors’ names, institutions, acknowledgments, etc.
The maximum number of pages is 16 (including Tables, Figures, and References), do not number the sections of the paper; save the file as Three First Words of the Title manuscript blind, i.e., when the submitted paper's title is: “Assessment of hand function through the coordination of contact forces in manipulation tasks”, the name of the file should be: Assessment of hand manuscript blind.
The manuscript blind file should include:

Title: bold, 16-point type, adjusting: centered, title case

Abstract: up to 250 words within a single paragraph; the abstract should include short information about the background of the study, methods, results and conclusions, yet with no headings; the structure of the abstract should be similar to the full text; the abstract should be informative and self-explanatory without reference to the text of the manuscript; it should state concisely the research question that was asked, the methods used, the results of the research and the answer to the research question; adjusting: justified

Keywords: three to five pertinent keywords; avoid the words appearing in the title of the manuscript; use only lowercase (except with abbreviations and names); adjusting: to the left

Main Text with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, References, Tables, and Figures. Titles of the sections: a bold print, 13-point type, adjusting: to the left

An introduction
should be comprehensible to the general reader; give a clear statement of the aims or the purpose of the paper and formulate hypotheses (if any); provide a relevant context to support the basis for the paper and the significance of the work; do not exhaustively review the literature.

Methods provide a clear description of the study and how it was carried out; specifically describe the procedures and material used, so that the study can be replicated; the subsections, with brief content descriptions, in order, are:
Participants: describe the sample, i.e., how many participants, how they were recruited, and provide basic demographics (age and SD, sex distribution, body mass and height, training experience, sports level, etc.); if submitted papers contain clinical and/or animal research, the Informed Consent and Human and Animal Rights statements are necessary (approval of a local ethics committee is required); please note that authors should follow the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki
Measures: each subsection here should describe one questionnaire or interview or objective observation. Include details of the origin of the measure, the number of items and subscales, the format of responses, scoring and known psychometric qualities
Design and Procedures: explain how the experiment was carried out; who tested participants, where were they tested or observed, etc.
Statistical Analysis: describe the analyses applied to the data. It is helpful if you arrange this section to be coherent with the hypotheses

only the results relevant to the study aims and hypotheses should be presented; results should not contain material that is appropriate in the discussion; units, quantities, and formulas should be expressed according to the International System (SI units); all measurements should be given in metric units.

: emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions derived from the study.

Reference citations
and the Reference list
The reference citations in the main text and the reference list should be prepared in accordance with the APA 7 Edition style:
Reference Guide for Journal Articles, Books, and Edited Book Chapters with APA 7th Style

  • the reference citations in the main text need to be put in alphabetical order and if there is more than one within parentheses, they should be divided by a semicolon
  • the number of reference citations should be limited to 3–4 most significant ones in a single sentence
  • all references listed must be cited in the manuscript and referred to by the author
  • references, must be limited to 40 entries (except for reviews)
  • published abstracts must not be used as references; the use of a large number of abstracts or non-peer-reviewed articles in the reference section will be grounds for rejection of the submission without review
  • non-English papers may be included in the references, yet only if the publication has an English abstract; the title of the original paper must be provided in English only
  • authors bear complete responsibility for the accuracy of the references

Tables and Figures

  • do not place Tables and Figures in the text of the paper, but present them on separate pages at the end of the manuscript following the References; in the text of the paper, indicate approximately where Tables and Figures should appear (e.g., insert Table 1 here)
  • the manuscript may contain up to the total of 6 Tables and/or Figures; they all need to be formatted for the portrait orientation of pages
  • tables and Figures should be consecutively numbered (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1)
  • table/Figure caption: bold, adjusting: to the left
  • Tables/Figures may have a footer, which should be placed below Table/Figure, in italics, adjusting: centered
  • the maximal size of original Tables, Photos and Figures is 14 x 20 cm, minimum 8-point type; edging lines marked
  • tables and Figures' pages should be formatted for the portrait orientation of pages; the JHK does not accept Tables and Figures on landscape
  • tables must be created in Word documents, they cannot be converted into images; they need to be editable
  • each Figure must be converted into one image, so that it can be only re-sized as a whole, not manipulated individually


  • only manuscripts in English are considered
  • before submitting an article, it may need to be edited for correct usage of the English language, particularly if English is not the first language of the authors. Please note, however, that this step is not mandatory and moreover, language editing does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication

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