Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

The process of peer review and publication within the IUSCA Journal uses an innovative and forward thinking approach. This aims to engage the S&C community in the review process, bringing together scientific practitioners, researchers and coaches. The review process involves two stages; first of all in the form of informal discussion, and then through traditional formal panel review. This has been developed to enhance scientific discussion within the community and also to ensure quick publication.

Initial content review and quality assurance is provided by use of the ORCID ID system and initial approval by a member of the editorial panel. Further safeguards are in place during the community review process, by ensuring all commentators have ORCID ID and are Associate Members of the IUSCA.

Overview of the Submission Process
1. Paper submitted according to the guidelines of the IUSCA
Papers can be submitted by any member of the IUSCA community, as long as they adhere to the stated guidelines for manuscript type and formatting. The IUSCA require that all authors have an ORCID ID (free to obtain), to help ensure accountability and quality assurance.
2. Initial Review by Editorial Panel
All papers are initially assessed by a member of the Editorial Panel who will determine the suitability for the journal and that a base level of scientific quality is achieved. This review will also check the formatting, referencing, graphics, and other technical aspects. If a paper is rejected at this stage, the author will have opportunity to make suggested changes and resubmit.
3. Peer Review (Discussion) by the IUSCA Community
Once initially accepted, the article will be placed online in a pre-publication format, which will be subject to peer review by the IUSCA community (using hypothes.is). This is available to anyone with an ORCID ID (free to obtain). Comments should be constructive and evidence based (referenced). The author is able, and encouraged, to comment within this domain to foster healthy discussion and to defend their position.
4. Revision by Author
At the end of the community review stage, the author can make final adjustments and revisions based upon peer feedback and then make a final submission to the journal.
5. Formal Review by Referee/Editorial Panel
This final submission will be assigned to a reviewer from the Editorial Panel. The article will undergo formal peer-review as is typically expected in a traditional journal. The article will then be accepted/rejected based up on the editorial decision.
6. Publication
If accepted, the article will be assigned a DOI and officially published in the IUSCA Journal.