National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

Special Themed Issue Guidelines

The International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education (IJKHE) is dedicated to advancing the field of Kinesiology through publishing manuscripts that shape the direction of the field. The overall mission is to provide a forum for those in the field to share new, introductory, or small-scale research in addition to best practices in leadership, administration, and teaching. The IJKHE consists of peer or editor-reviewed manuscripts, with a special focus on presenting the work of early career professionals and graduate students.

IJKHE occasionally publishes invited special themed Issues addressing collective and integrated perspectives with clear and explicit implications for Kinesiology-related fields in higher education. IJKHE also welcomes the submission of unsolicited special issue proposals at any time. Appropriate topics for special issues may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: best practices in leadership; best practices in teaching; articles written by newly hired professionals to aid others in their search for jobs or navigating the workplace; and articles written for a public purpose, including position papers.

Scholars interested in publishing a special themed issue of IJKHE should submit an abstract (150 words or less) summarizing the concept and key features of the proposed work, number of proposed articles, and a date that all papers will be submitted to Dr. Jaimie McMullen (). Upon proposal approval, Dr. McMullen will request submission of a Special Themed Issue Proposal (see below).

How to Prepare and Submit a Special Themed Issue Proposal

To receive full consideration and review, a Special Themed Issue Proposal (2-3 pages) must contain the following information:

  • Planned title for the special themed issue.
  • Description of the rationale, importance, and contribution to research and/or the improvement of practice for the special themed issue.
  • Description of how the proposed special issue contributes to the mission of IJKHE.

IJKHE Special Themed Issue Guidelines

  • Title, name(s) and expertise of committed author(s), and a 2-3 sentence summary description for each planned article in the issue.
  • Expected timeframe for submission of fully edited final drafts of each article in the issue.
  • Name, current professional position and affiliation, brief biographical sketch, and contact information for Issue editor(s), if applicable.

Responsibilities of Special Themed Issue Editor (if applicable)

  • Obtain a signed commitment from each author agreeing to provide an article for the issue within the targeted timeframe.
  • Develop the issue by collecting and editing drafts of contributed articles and interacting with authors to ensure that initial production proceeds in a timely fashion.
  • Communicate regularly with the IJKHE Editor regarding status of the special themed issue.
  • Support authors in simultaneous online submission of articles and submit a 2-3 page introduction to the special themed issue at that time.

Special Themed Issue Specifications and Expectations

A special themed issue will typically contain a 2-3 page introduction and between 3-4 articles each of no more than 5500 words (inclusive of the abstract, tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, and endnotes), double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font.

After review by Journal Editor and/or Guest Editor (when applicable) and final submission, all special issue manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Additionally, Guest Editors and authors will be asked to nominate referees to participate in the pre-publication review of their work.

While publication of all issues of IJKHE is largely dependent on the authors’ final completion and submission of high-quality manuscripts, it is reasonable to prepare for a 12-18 month production cycle for a special issue:

  • Proposal submission and IJKHE editorial decision (1-2 months).
  • Article drafts submitted and reviewed by Guest Editor(s) and returned to authors for simultaneous submission to IJKHE (3-6 months).
  • Special issue manuscripts reviewed by IJKHE reviewers and returned to guest editor(s) and authors with publication decision and return for revision, or final production comments, if accepted (3 months).
  • Review and coordinate submission of final manuscripts in format consistent with IJKHE production guidelines.

While IJKHE receives a high number of submissions each year, we are only able to publish a small percentage and we hold a high standard for the work that appears in both regular and special issues.

NAKHE members may login and access copies of the IJKHE here.

Journal Archives: Copies of The Chronicle of Kinesiology in Higher Education and the IJKHE from November 2008 vol 19(3) thru Spring 2016 vol 27(1) are available here.

Information on how to submit articles to the IJKHE is available here.

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Jaimie McMullen, Editor
University of Northern Colorado

Jafrā Thomas, Associate Editor
California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo)

Cassandra Iannucci, Associate Editor
Deakin University