The LASE Journal of Sport Science is a journal of published manuscripts in English from various fields of sport science. 
It covers the following types of papers:

  • original research papers (maximum 12 standard pages of typescript, including tables, figures, references and abstract)
  • review papers commissioned by the Editor (maximum 20 standard pages of typescript, including documentation)
  • short communications (maximum 3 standard pages of typescript plus two table or figure and up to 5 references)
  • letters to the Editor delivering an opinion or a comment to published manuscripts (maximum 2 standard pages of typescripts)
  • current news (information on conference, abstracts of PhD. theses and Post-Doc. theses, book reviews, biographical notes)
  • advertisements that may be covered on separate pages of the journal (prices are subjects to individual negotiations)

Papers must be accompanied by the following submission letter (form available at journal’s website), signed by all Authors: “The undersigned Authors transfer the ownership of copyright to the LASE Journal of sport science should their work be published in this journal. Authors state that the article is original, has not been submitted for publication in other journals and has not already been published except in abstract form, preliminary report or thesis. Authors state that they are responsible for the research that they have carried out and designed; that they have participated in drafting and revising the manuscript submitted, which they approve in its contents. Authors also state that the reported article (if it involves human experiments) has been approved by the appropriate ethical committee and was undertaken in compliance with The Helsinki Declaration”.

Research papers and short communications will be sent anonymously to two reviewers. Depending on the reviewers’ opinion, the Editors will make a decision on their acceptance or rejection. The Editors’ decision is ultimate.

Manuscript specification

Articles must be submitted in English and only to the LASE Journal of Sport Science.

Authors should observe the ethics of manuscript preparation (avoiding duplicate publication, inaccuracy of citations, fraudulent publication, plagiarism and self-plagiarism).

Copyright will be owned by the publisher: LASE Journal of Sport Science. A properly completed Transfer of Copyright Agreement must be provided for each submitted manuscript (form is available here).

Authors are responsible for the factual accuracy of their papers, for obtaining permission to reproduce text or illustrations from other publications and for an ethical attitude regarding the persons mentioned in the manuscript.

Format

Document format – Microsoft Office Word (DOC or DOCX).

Page format – 210x297 mm (A4).Text – single column (font Times New Roman, letter size 12 pt), line spacing – Single, paragraph alignment – Justified, left margin – 20mm, right margin – 20mm, bottom margin – 25mm.

Style

Papers must be written in a clear, concise style appropriate to an international readership.
Familiar technical terms may be used without explanation. Acronyms and abbreviations are likely to need full presentation at least once.

Content

Research or project reports, case studies of practice, action research reports, and reports on teaching practice or techniques will be accepted.

Research reports should include a description of the practical application(s) of the ideas tested, while reports of teaching practice or techniques should contain an explanation of the theoretical foundation underlying the practice or technique in question.

Material in the form of illustrations or photos is welcomed. This material should be accompanied by text clearly setting out its philosophical or practical origins or implications. All material should be clearly referenced to its sources.

The manuscripts should be arranged as follows: title page, abstract and body text

Title page should contain: title of the paper, first and last names of authors with affiliation, first and last name of corresponding authors with postal address, telephone, fax and e-mail.

Abstract (up to 250 words) consisting of the following sections: justification and aim of the study, material and methods, results, conclusions, as well as 3-6 key words, should be provided before the body text.

Body text should be sectioned into: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (If necessary) and References. In articles of others types, the text should follow in a logical sequence and headings of its particular sections should reflect issues discussed therein.

Introduction – should be short and concise; it should introduce readers into research problems addressed in the study as well justify undertaking the research and specify its aim.

Material and methods – should describe the subject of the study (in the case of human subjects data should include their number, age, sex and any other typical characteristics) and methods applied in a sufficiently exhaustive way to enable readers to repeat the experiments or observations. For generally known methods only references should be given, whereas detailed descriptions are to be provided for new or substantially modified methods.

Results – should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Data collated in table and figures should not be repeated in the text which should summarize the most important observations.

Discussion – should emphasize new or important aspects of experimental results and discuss their implications. Results of own studies are to be compared with findings described in the respective domestic and international references used by the Authors.

Conclusions – should be started in points or descriptively and should be logically connected with objectives stated inIntroduction. Statements and conclusions not derived from own observations should be avoided.

References – following instructions for Authors on References (APA style).

Citing in-text

Following artificial text shows different types of in-text citation:

Claessens (2010) found evidence that attention will be given to multi-compartment models, such as the 3-water, 3-mineral and 4-compartment models, to assess percentage of body fat. However, Raslanas, Petkus and Griškonis (2010) noted that Aerobic physical load of low intensity got 35.1 % of total trainings time. Research on physical loading also focused on identifying the basis of many years’ research of physical activity (Bytniewski et al. 2010). According to Ezerskis (2010), “… heavy physical loads had the undulating character depending on the dynamics of workloads…” (p. 71) yet girls are more ascertained that the Track & Field training helps to develop courage.

Instructions for Authors on References (APA style)

This document describes standards for preparing the references in the APA style. The following sections give detailed instructions on citing books, journal articles, newspaper articles, conference papers, theses, web pages and others.

Please provide all the required elements in the references to your paper. Please pay particular attention to spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Accuracy and completeness of references are the responsibilities of the author. Before submitting your article, please ensure you have checked your paper for any relevant references you may have missed.

A complete reference should give the reader enough information to find the relevant article. If the article/book has DOI number, the author should include it in the references. And most importantly, complete and correct references may allow automatic creation of active links by the MetaPress technology that we use for making the electronic version of our journal. Active reference linking is regarded as the greatest benefit of electronic publishing and it adds a lot of value to your publication.

Additional information about APA style writing is found on LASE web page: http://journal.lspa.lv/images/Apa_style.pdf.

Tables – should be prepared on separate pages (saved in separate files) and numbered using subsequent Arabic letters. They should be provided with titles (above). Every column in a table should have a brief heading and more extensive explanation should be given under the table, e.g. statistical measures of variability.

Figures – should be prepared in an electronic form and saved in separate files. A separate page should be provided with legends to figures, authors’ names, manuscript’s title, and consecutive number of figure with “bottom” or “top” identification. Photographs or other illustrative materials may be submitted in an electronic form (*.tif, *.jpg, image resolution: 300 or 600 dpi) or any other form suitable for final technical typesetting by the Editorial Office. In the appropriate places in the text consecutive numbers of tables or figures should be provided in parentheses, e.g. (Tab. 1) or (Fig. 1). Places of insertion of the illustrative material should be marked with pencil on the margin of the typescript.

General principles – the Editorial Office reserves for itself the right to correct stylistic errors and to make necessary changes (abridgements) in the text without Author’s knowledge. Articles not accepted for publication are not returned. Manuscripts not prepared following Instruction to Authors will be sent back to Authors for revision. Galley proofs of manuscripts will be sent to Authors for proofreading. It is the Author’s responsibility to return the proof within one week. Each Author will receive free-of-charge one copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Manuscripts are liable to copyright resulting from the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and from the Universal Copyright Convention. Any part of the manuscript may be reproduced, archived nor transferred in any form without consent of the copyright owner.

Payment of publication charges

When submitting an article to a LASE Journal of Sport Science, the submitting author must agree to pay the publication charge 20 EUR. When final formatting corrections are made and the author approves their article for publication, payment of the publication charge must be received before the article will be published online.