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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

In preparing manuscripts for publication in Kinesiology, the authors should strictly adhere to the guidelines based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. The manuscripts that have been submitted in accordance with these instructions, providing they are of interest to the journal, will enter the reviewing procedure. Any manuscript should not ordinarily exceed 25 pages including the abstract, references, and all tables and illustrations. Discursive treatment of the subject matter is discouraged.

 Accompanying document

Authors are obliged to fill in the accompanying document that covers authorship, research integrity issues and copyright issue. The document can be found here and must be uploaded with the manuscript.

Usage of the third party material

Authors are expected to obtain the necessary written permission to include material owned and held in copyright by the third party, including – but not limited to – any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, screenshots, musical notation, and any supplemental material. Reproduction of short extracts of text and some other types of material may be permitted on a limited basis given that full attribution is given and a quotation is reproduced accurately. When content is held in the public domain, i.e. is not copyrighted, proper attribution is still required. 


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

The original scientific paper must be an original contribution to the subject treated and divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and conclusions. The review article should discuss a topic of current interest and have the latest data in the literature. It should outline knowledge of the subject and analyse various opinions regarding the problem. As a rule, these articles are commissioned, but any initiative from any competent author is welcome.

Please, use font Times New Roman, 12-point font size, double space.

Title page

The title page of the manuscript should contain the following information: a concise, but informative title; the full first and family names of the author(s) (do not include degrees); the last author is introduced by “and”;  the affiliation of the authors (affiliated institutions and their locations); the name and address of the corresponding author (must include title, degree and position of the corresponding author, phone and fax numbers – zip code for the country and city, and email address). The title of the article must be short and clear, abbreviations are discouraged. The abstract should be informative and self-explanatory without reference to the text of the manuscript. It should include essential results that support the conclusions of the work. Three to six key words, not used in the title, should also be provided. Authors are advised not to use abbreviations in the abstract. The abstract should contain between 100-250 words.

Text of the paper

The text must comprise:


This describes the present state of knowledge of the subject and the aim of the research.


This section identifies methodologies, equipment and procedures with sufficient details to allow other researchers to reproduce the research; specifies well-known methods including statistical procedures; mentions and provides a brief description of the published methods which are not yet well known; describes new or modified methods at length; justifies their use and evaluates their limits. Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must conform to international standards. Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be given in metric units (metre, kilogram, litre) or their decimal multiples.


The results should be reported as tables and graphs, possibly processed statistically and concisely presented in the text.

Discussion and conclusions (do NOT separate discussion and conclusions)

The authors are expected here to comment on the results and compare them with literature data. The discussion must be rigorous and correspond to experimental data. Practical implications are welcome.



The journal uses the APA reference system (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.). Please, see here, here and here for the basics of APA and frequently asked questions. The list of references may contain only the authors cited in the text.  Authors are obliged to include DOIs in their reference lists, if possible.

Reference citations in text

The study should be documented throughout the text by citing the author(s) and date (within parentheses) of the works used in the research, i.e. “… The recent comparison (Hughes, 2001) showed…”, or “… Hughes (2001) compared…”.

When there are two authors, always cite both names every time the reference occurs in the text. In the text, the surnames should be joined by “and” (Vuleta, Milanović and Jukić (2004) reported...), whereas within parentheses the sign “&” should be used. The same is valid for three and more authors (up to six). Three, four, or five authors should be cited the first time the reference appears in the text; in subsequent referencing, cite only the family name of the first author followed by “et al.” – 1st time (Vuleta, Milanović, & Jukić, 2004); 2nd time: (Vuleta, et al., 2004). Six and more authors should always be cited like: the surname of the first author followed by “, et al.”. Be sure when shortening two or more references of the same primary author, to keep enough information to distinguish these citations (by citing as many of the subsequent authors as necessary, or by adding a, b, c, ... to the year -- (2011a, 2011b)).

Reference list

Alphabetical order of references in the list should be followed. References should be complete and contain all the authors (up to and six) that have been listed in the title of the original publication. Titles of references written in languages other than English should be additionally translated into the English language and enclosed within square brackets. Full titles of journals are required (not their abbreviations). The author of the article is responsible for the accuracy of data and references. 


The style of referencing should follow the examples below:

Arnold, P.J. (1979). Meaning in movement and sport and physical education. London: Heinemann.

Bartoluci, M. (2003). Ekonomika i menedžment sporta (2nd ed.). [Economics and management of sport. In Croatian.] Zagreb: Informator, Kineziološki fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu.

Sallis, J.F., & McKenzie, T.L. (1991). Physical education’s role in public health. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 62(2), 124-137.

Trstenjak, D., & Žugić, Z. (1999). Sport as a form of social involvement – The case of tennis. Kinesiology, 31(2), 50-61.

Chapters in books
Sparkes, A.C. (1997). Reflections on the socially constructed self. In K. Fox (Ed.), The physical self: From motivation to well-being (pp. 83-110). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Rossi, T., & Cassidy, T. (in press). Teachers’ knowledge and knowledgeable teachers in physical education. In C. Hardy & M. Mawer (Eds.), Learning and teaching in physical education. London: Falmer Press

Chapters in published books of conference proceedings

Siedentop, D. (1998). New times in (and for) physical education. In R. Feingold, R. Rees, G. Barrette, S. Fiorentino, S. Virgilio & E. Kowalski (Eds.), AIESEP Proceedings, “Education for Life” World Congress (pp. 210-212). New York: Adelphi University.

Kasović, M., Medved, V., & Vučetić, V. (2002). Testing of take-off capacities in the lower extremities of top football players. In D. Milanović & F. Prot (Eds.), Proceedings Book of 3rd International Scientific Conference, Opatija, 2002, “Kinesiology – New Perspectives” (pp. 677-680). Zagreb: Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb.

Electronic resources (computer software, computer and information services, on-line sites)

U.S. Department of Education. (1997). Title IX: 25 years of progress /on-line/. Retrieved April 15, 1999 from:

Yi Xiao, D. (2000). Experiencing the library in a panorama virtual reality environment. Library Hi Tech, 18, 2, 177–184. Retrieved July 30, 2001 from: mcb/07378831/v18n2/s9/p177.html

Nonprinted media (Abstract on CD-ROM)

Meyer, A.S., & Bock, K. (1992). The tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon: Blocking or partial activation? /CDROM/. Memory & Cognition, 20, 715-726. Abstract from: SilverPlatter File: PsycLIT Item: 80-16351.


Marelić, N. (1998). Kineziološka analiza karakteristika ekipne igre odbojkaša juniora. [Kinesiological analysis of the junior volleyball team play characteristics. In Croatian.] (Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Zagreb). Fakultet za fizičku kulturu Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb.

Horvatin-Fučkar, M. (2002). Povezanost ritma i uspjeha u sportskoj i ritmičkoj gimnastici. [Relationship between rhythm and success in artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. In Croatian.] (Unpublished Master‘s thesis, University of Zagreb) Kineziološki fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagreb, Zagreb

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript, in one document. The position of tables and figures in the text should be indicated with the words ''Insert Table 1 here''.

Tables should be numbered in the order in which they occur in the text and referred to as “Table 1”, for example. Each table should be accompanied by a short title. Figures (e.g. Figure 1), include photographs (either as camera-ready glossy prints or digital photographs of at least 300 dpi – format .tiff or .jpeg; orientation – top and bottom – should be denoted on the reverse side), drawings, graphs, diagrams, X-ray examinations (should be submitted as photocopies). Figures should be prepared in any vector software and open for editing (do not send illustrations in picture format, please). Each figure must have a caption. The pictures and drawings that are not originals should contain the name of the book or journal reference.

Please, see here for detailed instructions on formatting tables and figures.

Style and language

The Editorial Board accepts manuscripts written in English only. The language of Kinesiology is either American English or British English. Manuscripts may be rejected if written in poor English. The author is fully responsible for the style (formal, unbiased in any sense), language, and content of the paper. Yet, the Editorial Board has the right to comment on the form and language of the paper before it is accepted for publication. A good, standard command of grammar is expected in written English. Please, avoid non-standard abbreviations.

Manuscripts that do not meet the requirements set in the Guidelines will be immediately returned to the authors for corrections. During the revision of the manuscript, the Editor will contact the first author or the one that is in charge of correspondence.

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