Focus and Scope

Kinesiology – International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Kinesiology (print ISSN 1331- 1441, online ISSN 1848-638X) publishes twice a year scientific papers and other written material from kinesiology (a scientific discipline which investigates art and science of human movement; in the meaning and scope close to the idiom “sport sciences”) and other adjacent human sciences focused on sport and exercise, primarily from anthropology (biological and cultural alike), medicine, sociology, psychology, natural sciences and mathematics applied to sport in its broadest sense, history, and others. Contributions of high scientific interest, including also results of theoretical analyses and their practical application in physical education, sport, physical recreation and kinesitherapy, are accepted for publication. The following sections define the scope of the journal: Sport and sports activities, Physical education, Recreation/leisure, Kinesiological anthropology, Training methods, Biology of sport and exercise, Sports medicine and physiology of sport, Biomechanics, History of sport and Book reviews with news.

The journal Kinesiology generally accepts original scientific papers, review articles, but takes in consideration meta-analysis, case studies, brief reports, narrative reviews, commentaries and letters to editors.

Peer Review Process

The editorial policy of the Journal pursues the multi-disciplinary aims and nature of kinesiology. This means that the main goal is to promote high standards of scientific research study and scholarship with regard to various human oriented scientific fields that cover art and science of human movement, exercise and sport from most variable aspects. The research issues include a paramount variety of human responses (or changes from intracellular level to the level of social phenomena) to exercise and sport training programmes, research in motor learning and training, issues of selection, teaching/ learning and mastering of motor skills, performance analysis (quantitative and qualitative alike) and prediction, performance modification and many others relevant to the scientific study of human movement, sport and exercise. 

 

Submissions to the journal will initially be evaluated by the Editorial Board. The topic of the manuscript must be appropriate for the scope of the journal. Manuscripts considered for publication must contain relevant and up-to-date data on theoretical or experimental research or on practical applications in the field of kinesiology. Accordingly, references should not be older than decade to the maximum. Exceptions are acceptable in cases of a few really fundamental references or in relation to the nature of the scientific field or branch in question and to the topic of the contribution. Providing quatations and references of relevant literature is crucial for acceptance of manuscript. If this criteria is met, the submission will undergo a double-blind review process by at least two acknowledged and independent reviews, with review process taking up to 24 weeks. If these two reviews contradict each other or present opposite opinion, the Editorial Board will consult third reviewer or in case of strong disagreement even fourth of fifth party. The Editorial Board is not obliged to publish papers in chronological sequence of their receipt or in the sequence in which they have been accepted for publication. This is not due to favorizing certain authors but because of review procees itself: some papers need more corrections and improvements and therefore it takes more time to be published.

Open Access Policy

At Faculty of Kinesiology we recognize that access to quality research is vital to the scientific community and beyond. Kinesiology is non-profit journal and all costs of publishing and peer review process are covered by the publisher itself or other funding sources like Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. Full text papers are also available free of charge at http://hrcak.srce.hr/kineziologija. There are no restrictions on self archiving of any form of paper (preprint, postprint and publisher's version).

The journal is open access.

Articles are distributed under the terms of the CC BY - NC 4.0

Kinesiology does not charge any fees to authors to submit or publish articles in our journal.

Editorial Policy

Editors make publication decision based on the following: the appropriatness of manuscript for the scope of the journal, general merit of manuscript, relevant data, editing issues and format, adherence to reference guidelines. If necessary, Editorial Board is involved in investigations regarding any legal and ethical issues and communicates with author(s) in case of : plagiarism complaints, multiple, duplicate, concurrent publication/simultaneous publication, misappropriation of research results, research standards violations, undisclosed conflict of interest, allegations of research errors. If these issues are not to be resolved, the Editorial Board will refuse to publish such manuscripts. When investigating research misconduct, Editorial Board will provide maximum safeguards for infomants, who must act in good faith, and for subjects of allegations, who will be given an opportunity to respond to allegations and reasonable access to the data and other evidence supporting the allegations.

Editorial Board also deals with suspected salami publication. The final decision on acceptable similarity is with the Editorial Bord and will depend on the amount and relevance of the duplicated data. Before making the decision, Editorial Board will contact author(s). When there is a minor redundancy and  author(s) gives a satisfactory and honest explanation, than the editor can consider publishing a correction article. Corrections must have proper references and all overlaps with the already published data must be clearly mentioned. If the amount of overlap is considered significant and author(s) does not give satisfactory explanation, Editorial Board may publish a statement of redundant publication or even retract the article.

 

Editorial board communicates with peer reviews and in accordance with them decides on the category of the manuscript.

Editorial board secures fair play and confidentiality.

Editorial Board informs peer reviewers on their decision regarding manuscripts. It also informs reviewers on the comments made by other reviewers of the same manuscript.

Editorial Board makes a list of reviewers based on their promptness, objectivity and  working in a timely manner. They contribute to high quality of the journal and can expect to be thanked for the time they take to review manuscripts. 

Conflict of Interest, Research Misconduct, Human rights, Informed Consent

Our editorial policy strongly encourages research integrity, respect of human rights, respect of personal data and generally we support ethics in both research conduct and scientific communication.

Undeclared financial conflicts may seriously undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors and the science itself. The most obvious conflicts of interest are financial relationships such as: employment, stock ownership, grants, patents. Conflicts can also exist as a result of personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence or be perceived to influence, their work.

Research misconduct according to NIH policies and procedures for promoting scientific integrity and to American Psychological Association, among others, is defined as:

  • Fabrication (making up data or results)
  • Falsification (manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record).
  • Plagiarism (appropriating another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit).

 

Ethics is given the highest priority so all activities in conducting research must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation, for example the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights. The most common ethical issue usually include: the protection of children, patients and other vulnerable populations, privacy and data protection. We encourage publishing of research results of study in which all research participants have signed informed consent and have been given full information of possible effects of research intervention. 

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013. 

Editorial policy relies on guidelines of Committee on publication Ethics regarding redundant publication, which is also considered as scientific misconduct.  

Sources of Support

Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia

Journal History

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb has been publishing Kineziologija - scientific journal in the field of general and applied kinesiology since 1971. From 1996 to 1999, it was published both in Croatian and English, and after 32nd volume in 2000 was printed as Kinesiology, only in English with extended abstract in Croatian language.