Focus of the journal
Studia Kinanthropologica (ISSN 1213-2101, "Kinanthropologica Studies") is a scientific journal for kinanthropology. It is published by the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Education, Department of Physical Education and Sport. The Department of Physical Education and Sport began publishing the professional periodical in 1996. Since 2000, it is called "Studia Kinanthropologica" and meets the requirements of a reviewed journal. The Studia Kinanthropologica journal is intended for the publication of original materials related to the issue of sports kinanthropology. The aim is to support the development of scientific knowledge in the field of the structure and functions of a human's purposeful physical activity, to support their development, and to monitor the effects, in various age groups of the population, under the conditions of school physical education, sports, sports training, applied physical activities, physiotherapy, recreation, health-related physical education, etc.
Studia Kinanthropologica continually accepts papers that as yet have not been published and are not accepted for publication in another journal. In order to protect the author against the consequences of unauthorised use, Studia Kinanthropologica requires all authors to sign the following:
- The author transfers all copyrights of the submitted manuscript to the Studia Kinanthropologica journal.
- The author claims that the submitted manuscript is their own work.
- The author warrants that the undermentioned work has not yet been published elsewhere, or if it has, they have received permission to publish it in the Studia Kinanthropologica journal.
- The author warrants that the paper does not contain any material that violates the rights of any third party, copyright, etc.
- The author (or employer) reserves all property rights to any process or procedure described in the work.
- The author reserves the right to publish the work, in its entirety or in part, in lectures, courses, or otherwise.
The author indemnifies (reimburses all legal costs) Studia Kinanthropologica in the case of legal proceedings, which may arise from alleged infringement of the rights of third parties.
Peer review procedure
Papers pass through a peer review procedure and are reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The peer review procedure is mutually anonymous (the editors reserve the right to delete data identifying the author or reviewer). Reviewers must decide whether to review no later than within two weeks of receiving the request of processing a review report. Once they have confirmed their willingness to review, they must complete it within 4-6 weeks.
- The reviewer should assess the submitted work objectively.
- Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
- The reviewer should clearly state their opinions supported by arguments and, if necessary, should be supplemented by references to expert literature. Opinions of the submitted work must not be derogatory or offensive.
- The reviewer should report any conflict of interest in the submitted work.
- The reviewer should refuse to carry out a review report on a submitted work (manuscript) in the case of a conflict of interest resulting from competition, collaborative or other relationships, or in the case that the reviewer is in contact with any of the authors, companies or institutions.
- The reviewer should maintain confidentiality about material equipment. They should not discuss unpublished manuscripts with colleagues or should not use the gained information in their own work.
- If the reviewer asks a colleague to process a peer review, it is necessary to report this to the SK editorial board and ask for permission.
The reviewer is asked to review the ethical aspects of the submitted work (if any), such as:
- Has the author already previously published this work (research)?
- Has the author submitted a plagiarised copy of another publication?
- Is the research ethical; has a corresponding approval been submitted/gained from an ethics committee?
- Do you find any sign in the submitted work (manuscript) that the data could be constructed or inappropriately manipulated?
- Has the author declared all conflicts of interest?
The reviewer assesses the submitted work according to the following criteria:
- Topicality and significance.
- Topicality and level of current knowledge.
- Quality of discussion and conclusions.
- Contribution of the paper to innovation and competitiveness in practice.
- Quality of the written word and validity of the paper.
- Quality of references.
- Quality of formal processing.
The reviewer should critically evaluate the submitted work (manuscript), constructively compile comments about the manuscript and research, thereby helping the authors improve their work.
Reviewers are asked to select one of four recommendations for the final evaluation of the manuscript:
- The paper can be published in the submitted form.
- The paper can be published after editing and accepting the comments in the review report without review by the reviewer.
- The paper can be published after major modifications and accepting the comments in the review report; the reviewer asks to review the modified text.
- The work is not fit for publishing.
Authors are always informed of the outcome of the peer review process and instructed to make changes in the submitted text. Papers can be published in Czech, Slovak or English.
Principles of publishing ethics
The journal adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Frequency of publishing
Articles are always published twice a year, as part of a journal's issue that has its own content.
Open access policy
The journal provides instant open access to its content on the basis of the principle that publicly available research supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All the issues published since 2007 are available on the journal's website. A one-time fee of CZK 500 or EUR 20 is charged for the publishing of a manuscript.
The author is responsible for the professional, linguistic and formal accuracy of the paper. The editorial board decides on the publication of the paper, taking into account the scientific significance and opponents' reviews. The author, or authors of individual papers, is responsible for content and linguistic accuracy.
In 2010, the Research, Development and Innovation Council added Studia Kinanthropologica to the List of Reviewed Non-Impacted Periodicals Published in the Czech Republic, which it has published in the National Reference Framework of Excellence (NRRE). The journal is also listed in the update List of Reviewed Non-Impacted Periodicals in the Czech Republic in 2014. The Studia Kinanthropologica journal is indexed in the Bibliographia medica Čechoslovaca (BMČ) database of the National Medical Library of Prague. On 29 April 2016, the Studia Kinanthropologica journal was included in the ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences) database.