Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Revista de Psicologia del Deporte/Journal of Sport Psychology (RPD/JSP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal aimed at publishing scientific papers based on rigorous methodologies directed to contribute to the development of the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

RPD/JSP publishes original research articles either using quantitative or qualitative methodologies which represent a significant contribution to the current knowledge. This includes a vast range of empirical studies including the validation and/or adaptation of measurement instruments. Validation of questionnaires should follow recommendations of American Educational Association (https://www.apa.org/science/programs/testing/standards), American Psychological Association & National Council on Measurement in Education (2014). Adaptation of questionnaires should follow International Test Commission (https://www.intestcom.org/files/guideline_test_adaptation_2ed.pdf) recommendations, particularly regarding to the confirmatory aim the study should have.

RPD/JSP also publishes theoretical papers, systematic reviews and meta-analysis as well as book reviews relevant to the field. The journal is focused on Sport and Exercise Psychology but multidisciplinary approaches from allied disciplines are particularly welcome. In case of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, it is strongly recommended authors follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA; http://www.prisma-statement.org)

RPD/JSP embraces a transparency and open science policy. Therefore, the journal promotes reproducibility of studies and encourages authors to carefully disclose the types of research designs and analytic methods used. In the same vein, the journal promotes the sharing of data, methods, and materials to the availability of other researches. RPD/JSP also recognizes the value of replication for independent verification of research and it is open to publishing such studies.

RPD/JSP is a non-profit making journal. Publication fee is to cover the expenses of managing and editing the articles. 


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

RPD/JSP follows a strict and rigorous peer review policy according to an initial editor/associate editor screening and the contribution of anonymous blind reviewers experts on their respective subfields.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate free access to its contents under the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This is an open access journal licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.


Statement on publication ethics and misconduct

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is fully committed to promoting ethical conduct in the publication of its science journals, based on the principles laid down by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org).

To achieve this, the UAB considers it essential for all parties involved in the publishing process for its science journals – editors, reviewers, and authors – to know and accept the terms of the above code, as summarised below.

Publishers should undertake to do the following: 
• clearly establish the relationship between publishers, editors and other parties through a contract; 
• promote editorial independence; 
• respect privacy; 
• protect intellectual property; 
• maintain the integrity of published content; 
• publish content punctually. 


• Decisions on publishing papers. After consulting the editorial board, journal editors decide whether or not to publish the papers submitted to their department, basing their decision on the reports made by two external reviewers and, in the case of significant disagreement between these, a third reviewer. They should apply the same criteria for accepting or rejecting all papers in accordance with their originality, importance and clarity. Editors must have systems in place for editorial decisions to be appealed against before the editorial board. They must also give full, up-to-date guidelines on authors' responsibilities and on the characteristics of papers sent to the journal.
• Non-discrimination. When examining submitted papers, editors should not take into account the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship or political views.
• Confidentiality. Editors and other journal employees should not reveal information about the papers received to anyone other than the authors themselves and the reviewers. They should ensure that throughout the process the anonymity of reviewers and authors is maintained at all times.
• Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Editors should not use results from papers submitted to them for their own research work without express permission from the author.
• Recognition of error. Editors should publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary.
• Quality. Editors should elicit the opinions of authors, reviewers and the editorial board in order to improve the editorial process.

• Authorship of the text. Papers submitted should be signed by the author and by anyone else who has played a significant role in planning, organising, conducting or processing the research that the paper is reporting on. In cases of co-authorship, the author submitting the text should state explicitly that it contains the names of all the authors, and that these have given their approval to the final version of the paper, for publication in a UAB journal.
• Responsibility. Authors take full responsibility for the content of their manuscript.
• Plagiarism and originality. Authors should be prepared to declare that the paper submitted to the journal is original in each and all of its parts and that all sources used are correctly cited in it.
• Access and conservation of data. At the editors' request, authors should clarify the sources or the data on which the research is based. These data should be kept for a reasonable time after publication, and may be disclosed if necessary.
• Multiple or repeated publication and conflicts of interest. Authors should not publish papers that present the same content in more than one journal at the same time.
• Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Authors should be prepared to declare that there is no conflict of interest that could affect the results of the research or the interpretations offered. They should also state sources of funding for the research, where applicable, and the name of the project their paper reports on.
• Errors in published papers. Authors who discover an important error or inaccuracy in a published paper should inform the journal editors and provide any information needed to make the necessary corrections.

• Peer review. A system of double-blind review is to be adopted, which helps editors and the editorial board to make decisions on manuscripts submitted and at the same time gives authors an opportunity to improve their work.
• Meeting lead times. Having agreed to review a paper, reviewers should respect the lead times established. If unable to do so, they should give sufficient notice of this to the editors.
• Confidentiality. Papers under review are considered to be confidential documents, so the reviewers should not discuss them with third parties without the permission of the editors.
• Objectivity. Reviews should be carried out objectively. Reviewers should express their opinions on manuscripts appropriately and justify their conclusions.
• Bibliographic references. Reviewers should provide exact bibliographic data on works of importance in the paper's subject area that the author may have omitted. Reviewers should also inform editors about any similarities detected between the text under review and other works.
• Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Any restricted information obtained in the review process is considered confidential and may not be used for personal ends. If carrying out a review entails a conflict of interest for reviewers because they have collaborated or competed with the authors or the authors' institutions, these reviewers should decline the review proposal.


Publication Fees

According to the Open Access philosophy, RPD has a publication fee and the payment must be processed once authors receive final acceptance of their article. Therefore, we ask you to bear this charge in mind when submitting manuscripts for publication.

*Articles that belong to the special issue of the ISSP World Congress, will have a publication fee of 400EUR.

In whatever case, we are at your service to help with any doubts or queries in this respect.