Publication of articles in the Journal of Physical Activity (JPA) is dependent solely on scientific validity and coherence as judged by our editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Journal of Physical Activity (JPA) acknowledged the effort and suggestions made by its reviewers.
Initial evaluation of manuscripts
The Editor will first evaluate all manuscripts submitted at a maximum of 3 weeks time. Although rare, yet it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the aims and scope of the Journal of Physical Activity (JPA). Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to expert reviewers for review. It usually took up to 8 weeks.
Type of peer review
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates the already published works, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The method is a blind peer review.
Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
- Is original by stating the objectives and gap clearly
- Is methodologically sound
- Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
- Has results/findings which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
- Correctly references previous relevant work
- Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer-review process.
Reviewers advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. The editor’s decision is final.
Becoming a Reviewer
If you are not currently a reviewer for the Journal of Physical Activity (JPA) but would like to be added to the list of reviewers, please contact us. The benefits of reviewing for the Journal of Physical Activity (JPA) include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in the related research areas at an early stage, and to be acknowledged in our list of reviewers. You may also be able to cite your work for Journal of Physical Activity (JPA) as part of your professional development requirements. Journal of Physical Activity (JPA)'s reviewers are volunteers who contribute their expertise to the science, thus no financial payments are made.