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IRSS Journal

International Review for the Sociology of Sport
A Research Journal Sponsored by ISSA

About the Journal
Members of the Editorial Board
Notes for Authors

About the Journal

The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is a peer reviewed academic journal that is indexed on ISI. Eight issues are now published each year. The main purpose of the IRSS is to disseminate research and scholarship on sport throughout the international academic community. The journal publishes research articles of varying lengths, from standard length research papers to shorter reports and commentary, as well as book and media reviews.

The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is not restricted to any theoretical or methodological perspective and brings together contributions from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, gender studies, media studies, history, political economy, semiotics, sociology, as well as interdisciplinary research.

Since sport is a truly global phenomenon, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport is strongly committed to publishing contributions from all regions of the world, thereby promoting international communication among scholars.

Your Manuscript Submissions are Welcome
See the inside back cover of a recent issue of the journal (also elsewhere on this website, or the Sage Publications website) for technical style requirements for IRSS manuscript submissions. Submissions may be sent either to the Editor or to the Corresponding Editor. For information about book/media reviews contact the Book/Media Review Editor.


Dominic Malcolm
Loughborough University
School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
+44 (0)1509 226337

Corresponding Editors

  • Cora Burnett
    University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Steven J Jackson
    University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Wanderley Marchi Júnior
    Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
  • Pirkko Markula
    University of Alberta, Canada
  • Tien-Chin Tan
    National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • Lawrence Wenner
    Loyola Marymount University, USA

Book/Media Review Editor

Kass Gibson
Plymouth Marjon University, UK
01752 636700 Ext: 8611

Editorial Operations Manager

Elisabeth Hoverd-Malcom

Members of the Editorial Board

  • Mahfoud Amara, Qatar University, Qatar
  • David Andrews, University of Maryland, USA
  • Alan Bairner, Loughborough University, UK
  • Andrew C. Billings, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Toni Bruce, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Daniel Burdsey, University of Brighton, UK
  • Thomas Carter, University of Brighton, UK
  • Seongsik Cho, Hanyang University, Korea
  • Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University, USA
  • Christine Dallaire, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Simon Darnell, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Katherine Dashper, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • Paddy Dolan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Jinxia Dong, Peking University, China
  • Mojca Doupona Topic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Agnes Elling, Mulier Institute, Netherlands
  • Mark Falcous, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Lone Friis Thing, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Caroline Fusco, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Yair Galily, IDC Herzilya, Israel
  • Vanessa Garcia Gonzalez, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico
  • Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University, UK
  • Marie C. Hardin, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • John Horne, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Jorid Hovden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Kevin Hylton, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • Ruth Jeanes, Monash University, Australia
  • Dong Jhy Hwang, National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan
  • Helene Joncheray, INSEP, Paris, France
  • Kihan Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Eunha Koh, Korea Institute of Sport Science, Korea
  • Louise Mansfield, Brunel University, UK
  • Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Montserrat Martín, University de Vic, Spain
  • Brent McDonald, Victoria University, Australia
  • Mary McDonald, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Josh Newman, Florida State University, USA
  • Dino Numerato, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Fabien Ohl, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Catherine Palmer, University of Tasmania
  • Elizabeth Pike, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Richard Pringle, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • David Rowe, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Michael Sam, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Barbara Schaustück, Almeida Centro Universitario International, Brazil
  • Kimberly S. Schimmel, Kent State University, USA
  • Eivind Skille, Hedmark University College, Norway
  • Angsar Theil, Tübingen University, Germany
  • Lee Thompson, Waseda University, Japan
  • Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  • Anna Vilanova, National Institute of Physical Education, Barcelona, Spain
  • Belinda Wheaton, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Brian Wilson, University of British Columbia, Canada

Notes for Authors

All manuscripts must be submitted in English. Contributors whose native language is other than English should consult a member of the Editorial Board in his or her country to see if a manuscript is suitable for publication in the Review.

Manuscripts are considered for publication only on the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere, that they are the original work of the author(s), and that any previous form of publication and current consideration in other languages are disclosed at the time of submission.

Number of Copies:
Three copies should be submitted. They will not normally be returned, so authors should ensure that they keep a copy.

Preparation of Manuscripts

All pages must be typed, double-spaced (especially the notes and references), with generous side margins, on one side of an A4 or American standard-size page.

To ensure that reviews are anonymous, the author’s name should appear only on a detachable cover sheet. This page must also contain the author’s title, official affiliation, email and postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers. It will be reviewed by two reviewers and the Editor.

An abstract of 100-200 words and 5 key words maximum must also be supplied, typed on a separate sheet, together with a biographical note of 25 to 50 words.

Format for References in the Text:
Reference to, or quotations from, texts and articles should be followed by the author’s name, year of publication and page number of the text/article in parentheses: ‘As Hall (1996: 17) has observed…’; or, in a more general reference: ‘Messner (1991) appears to be saying that…’.

All direct quotations of 35-40 words or more should be displayed as indented text, but still double-spaced.

Try to avoid using too many notes. Where they are necessary, they must be brief and should appear at the end of the text and before the Reference List.

Figures, Tables, Maps and Diagrams:
These items must be presented on separate sheets of paper at the end of the article, and should carry short descriptive titles. Their position within the text should be clearly indicated. They must be precisely and boldly drawn to enable photographic reproduction. If created on a computer, please also supply on a disk.

Format for References:
Identify all references to books, monographs, articles and other sources, at an appropriate point in the main text, by citing the author’s last name, year of publication, and pagination where appropriate, all within parentheses. Specify subsequent citations of the same source similarly; do not use ‘ibid.’, ‘op.cit.’ or ‘loc.cit.’.

If the author’s name is in the text, use only the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. Fasting (1988). If the author’s name is not in the text, include both the author’s name and year of publication separated by a comma within the parentheses, e.g. (Elias, 1982). Pagination follows year, e.g. (Bourdieu, 1981: 45-6). With dual authorship give both names: for three or more use ‘et al.’, e.g. (Birrell and Cole, 1987) and (Smith et al., 1986). If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, distinguish between them by use of the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, etc. attached to the year of publication, e.g. (Foucault, 1979a). A series of references should be enclosed within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semicolons, e.g. (Maguire, 1984; Rowe, 1987; Thompson, 1988).

Format for Reference List:
List all entries cited in the text, or any other items used to prepare the manuscript, alphabetically by author and year of publication in a separate, headed, reference section. Please follow the examples given:

Coakley, J. (1986) Sport in Society (3rd edn). St Louis, MO: Times Mirror/Mosby.

Kidd, B. (1987) ‘Sports and Masculinity’, in M. Kaufman (ed.) Beyond Patriarchy: Essays by Men. Toronto: Oxford.

Laura, R. & White, S., eds (1991) Drug Controversy in Sport: the Socio-ethical and Medical Issues.Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Lenskyj, J. (1991) ‘False Starts: System Responses to Violence Against Women’. Paper presented at the National Girls and Women in Sport Symposium. Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Theberge, N. (1989) ‘A Feminist Analysis of Responses to Sports Violence: Media Coverage of the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships’, Sociology of Sport Journal 6: 247-56.

Type of Manuscripts:
Standard articles (up to 6000 words): must contain an Introduction (no heading) which clearly states the purpose of the article, gives only pertinent references, and does not review the subject extensively. Material and methods, and results must be presented in a logical sequence, with text and illustrations emphasizing only important observations or findings. The Discussion should emphasize new and important observations of the study and conclusions therefrom. Do not repeat in detail data from results. Include implications of the findings and their limitations, and relate observations to other relevant studies.

Short Communications:
Short communications (up to 3000 words) should consist of the results of a pilot study, a brief case study or a brief commentary on a methodological, theoretical or ethical issue. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts on these topics.

Authors will see proofs for checking and correction.

Disk Copy:
Final versions of all manuscripts which are accepted for publication must be submitted on a 3.5 inch disk in WordPerfect 5.1 or 6.0, Word for Windows, or an IBM compatible with WordPerfect or Word for Windows. The author is responsible for ensuring that the final copy and disk versions of the manuscript are identical.

All standard articles and short communications must be sent to:

Dominic Malcom
Loughborough University
School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
+44 (0)1509 226337

All books and audio-visual items for review must be sent to:
David J. Leonard
Washington State University
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