​Checklist for Authors

When submitting articles to the Strength & Conditioning Journal, authors are required to pay special attention to the following items.  Failure to properly address these items may result in the return of the manuscript without review:

  • Consult the most recent full SCJ Instructions for Authors prior to submitting a paper.
  • Include an “ABSTRACT,” of 100 words or less for manuscripts, 50 words or less for columns.
  • Provide approximately 1-2 figures or tables for each 500 words of manuscript.
  • The editorial staff encourages supplemental “video content” for new and innovative exercises or drills(following guidelines for Supplemental Digital Content in the SCJ Instructions for Authors).
  • In-line citations should be used for non-scientific material.
  • Scientific references should be formatted appropriately, numbered alphabetically, with all reference numbers called out in the text.
  • SCJ is not a research journal; NO unpublished data may be used in the manuscript, tables, figures, or references (including surveys, case studies, observational data, etc.).
  • Include “practical applications” of the topic in the manuscript.
  • Tables (text) must have appropriate permissions if copied or adapted; table legends should explain the table so it “stands alone”.
  • Figures (photos or drawings) must have appropriate permissions if copied or adapted; figure legends should explain the figure so it “stands alone”. 
  • Include head shots and the "current position" for all authors of articles.  Columns do not include author headshots, but do include "current position" for all authors of columns.
  • Include all required paperwork signed by the author including the copyright assignment, model releases, and permissions to reprint all copied or adapted figures and tables.