About the Journal


About Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Aim and Scope

Scandinavian countries provide a particular context for sport and exercise psychology due to the Scandinavian welfare model that provides different living and sporting conditions compared to many other countries. Research conducted in this context is unique but can inspire the world. The purpose of the Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology is to collect and disseminate knowledge and experiences between researchers, practitioners, athletes, coaches and others with interest for sport and exercise psychology in Scandinavia. It is an open access journal published yearly by the Danish Sport Psychological Forum.

Open access policy

This jounal provides instant open access based on the principle that free public access to research supports global exchange of knowledge.

Instructions for authors

Manuscripts should be prepared in British English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Length should not exceed 25 pages with APA layout including spaces and references, and may include tables, figures and pictures. Submissions will undergo a double-blinded review process, and review comments will be available online upon publication of the manuscript to ensure a transparent review process. A manuscript should be submitted for either the research or the practice section by the author.

A manuscript submitted to the research section should attempt to disseminate sound research in sport and exercise psychology in a way so that readers can replicate the study if necessary. The manuscript should include, but is not limited to; abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion sections.

We expect all manuscripts to be proofreaden before submission.

General instructions

All manuscripts should be submitted as a MS Word document (.doc or .docx) and prepared with

  • Corresponding author information
  • An abstract (100-200 words)
  • 3-5 keywords
  • Double line spacing (except for tables).
  • Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Page numbers, with title page as no. 1.
  • Line numbers, starting with 1 on each page.
  • Heading levels:
  • Centered, boldface, uppercase and lowercase heading.
  • Flush left, boldface, uppercase and lowercase heading.
  • Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph ending with a period.
  • Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph ending with a period.
  • Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph ending with a period.
  • First sentence in each paragraph indented.
  • References in text:
  • One author: Name (year) or (Name, year).
  • Two authors: Name and Name (year) or (Name & Name, year).
  • Three, four or five authors: Name, Name, and Name, (year) or (Name, Name, & Name, year). Subsequent citations after the first are Name et al. (year) or (Name et al., year)
  • Six authors or more: Name et al. (year) or (Name et al., year).
  • Authors in reference list:
    • One author: Name, N. N.
    • Two authors: Name, N. N. & Name, N. N.
    • Three authors or more: Name, N. N., Name, N. N., & Name N. N.
  • References in reference list:
    • Journal article: Author names (year). Title of article in lowercase. Title of journal in uppercase and lowercase as well as in italic, issue number in italic, page numbers.
    • Book: Author names (year). Title of book in lowercase and italic. Location: Publisher.
  • Book chapter: Author names (year). Title of chapter in lowercase. In N. N. Name (Ed.), Title of book in lowercase and italic (pp. page numbers). Location: Publisher.
  • Author bio (50-100 words).
  • Author photo (jpeg-file, min. 300dpi).

For further guidelines for manuscript preparation and referencing, please consult the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.

Manuscripts are expected to report any funding in their research and if ethical concerns are considered.

Masters thesis award

We are pleased to announce that SJSEP introduces a Master Student Award for the best article based on a master thesis. Each year master students across Scandinavia conduct important investigations that are relevant to the Scandinavian sport and exercise psychology community, but at these projects are rarely disseminated. SJSEP would like bridge this gap.

We call for excellent master students to write their thesis in the form of a scientific paper and submit it for this special section. Each year, we will select and award two master thesis submissions. The award winners will have their articles published and receive a certificate. This initiative will provide an opportunity for young researchers to get a feel for the peer-review process and make SJSEP an outlet for some of the excellent studies done by master students each year.

The award winners will have their articles published and receive a certificate, however all submitted articles are considered by the editor/associate editor and can be sent for review.


The Master Student Award is for master students with ambitions of publishing their thesis in SJSEP.

Who can apply?

The award is open to all master students who completed their master thesis within less than 1.5 years before the call.


The award is announced once a year in an open competition with an article submission deadline announced at the homepage


  • the master student is the principal investigator of the study.
  • The study is original work not published previously.
  • the master student is the first author of the article.
  • the master student is the corresponding author.
  • the supervisor(s) may be co-author(s) and thus support and facilitate the process from master thesis to submitted original research article.
  • the author team adhere to the author guidelines for submissions for SJSEP.
  • Should be in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish


SJSEP Master Student Award is awarded the best article based on an evaluation of how well the article lives up to the following criteria:

  • the research is conducted within the Scandinavian context or has significant relevance to the Scandinavian sport and exercise psychology community.
  • the approach or idea is innovative
  • The research design is scientifically solid (although we recognize that master projects will often have smaller samples and suffer other barriers compared to larger research projects)
  • The article makes a clear and important contribution to the field of sport and exercise psychology

These criteria may be weighted differently based on the strengths of each individual contribution.

The final decision

Two representatives from the SJSEP editorial board and two representatives for DIFO judge the final articles and based on the above-mentioned criteria award the best article.