Author Instructions (CiK)

Submission and Review Process

Communications in Kinesiology makes it easy to submit manuscripts. Authors can submit manuscripts in their preferred formatting and referencing style. Before or after acceptance, authors can use Word and LaTex templates to ensure that their manuscript looks professional.

Authors must choose from one of the submission options below.

Submission Option 1

Authors interested in having their work published in Communications in Kinesiology should ensure that the following components are included at the time of submission:

  1. Manuscript
  2. Data, Code, and Syntax necessary to recreate the analyses included in the manuscript

Submissions may be linked directly from SportRxiv.

Submission Option 2

If authors are not able to post a preprint to SportRxiv, or they wish to go under blinded review, they may also submit the article via STORK’s submission portal.

Submissions that linked from SportRxiv are nonblinded. Submissions that are not currently on SportRxiv are blinded. Authors can choose the submission type that they prefer.

Cover Letter

The cover letter should be addressed to the senior editors and include:

  • A brief scientific case for consideration. Authors should explain how the submission fits within the Aims and Scope of Communications in Kinesiology. Authors are encouraged to refer to the likely replication value of the research. Replication studies and novel studies are equally welcome.
  • A statement confirming that appropriate ethics approvals have been obtained.
  • A statement indicating whether the study hypotheses, methods, and/or analyses were preregistered (and link to any existing preregistrations).
  • A statement confirming that the authors agree to share their raw, de-identified data, analysis code, and syntax, as appropriate to allow for recreation of the analyses. All data should conform to the FAIR principles.
  • If applicable, authors must provide a completed checklist for reporting guidelines adherence (see EQUATOR Network for specifics). This includes the CONSORT for randomized trials, the ARRIVE for animal studies, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and SRQR for qualitative research.
  • A statement declaring any conflicts of interests or explicitly stating that there are no conflicts of interest.
  • A statement confirming the names and affiliations of all authors involved with the project and their respective contribution.

Submission and Review

Upon receipt, a section editor will review the manuscript for technical details and correct formatting and reporting, as described below, and to ensure that the manuscript fits within the Aims and Scope of Communications in Kinesiology. Then, the section editor will either reject the manuscript, invite a revision, or send to at least two peer reviewers.

Reviewers will be instructed to evaluate the appropriateness of the results, discussion, and conclusion based on the introduction and methods. Reviewers will be instructed not to judge the manuscript on the basis of statistical significance, novelty, anticipated impact, or surprise of the results. Acceptance decisions will not be made based on the study outcomes.

Article Publishing Fees

If accepted for publication, and one or more of the authors is not a member of the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology (STORK), authors agree to pay article publishing fee of $299.00 to cover costs of digital object identifers and hosting. There are no article publishing charges for manuscripts with authors who are all members of STORK.*

*If you are financially unable to afford the full article publishing fee, please e-mail the Editor at to request a discount.