Launched in 2009, Sport&EU Review continues the tradition of its predecessor, the Sport&EU Newsletter. In its seven editions, the Sport&EU Newsletter established an international reputation as a source of current, high-quality information. Sport&EU Review seeks to build on this tradition and offer the Sport&EU community opportunities to publish longer, peer-reviewed articles in addition to maintaining the regular features of the Newsletter.

Guidelines for Contributors

Sport&EU Review invites submissions for peer-reviewed articles, legal commentaries, forum contributions and proposals for themed special issues for publication. Contributions should reflect the general interests of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union.

Sport&EU Review aims to provide coverage of the full range of issues relevant to the study of sport and the European Union. These will include, but are not limited to governance, social and policy studies, communication, economy, sociology, legal and management issues in European sport. Sport&EU Review also welcomes work with comparative or international perspectives.

Sport&EU Review publishes two forms of longer articles: research articles and legal commentaries. Research articles should be up to 7,000 words in length while legal commentaries should normally be about 5,000 words in length. Research articles may represent research in progress, discussion of research methodologies, or other scholarly work that is of interest to the readership. Legal commentaries present a legal issue pertinent to European sports law in a concise and accessible manner. Contributions from postgraduate research students are also welcome.

Papers intended for peer review (research articles and legal commentaries) will be reviewed by at least two anonymous referees. In order to facilitate the review process, manuscripts must have been proofread by a native speaker before submission. They should be written in British English. In terms of referencing, authors of research articles should use the Harvard system of referencing (in the social science tradition) while legal texts should – especially regarding cases, legislation and statutes – follow the OSCOLA style. Authors are welcome to include relevant hyperlinks into their contributions, though such hyperlinks shall not substitute accurate citation and references lists at the end of the manuscripts. Each paper should have an abstract of 200 words and a maximum of five key words.

For the two issues per volume, the following deadlines apply concerning research articles and legal commentaries:

Deadline for submissions: 31 December (Spring issue) / 31 May (Autumn issue)
Deadline for revised submissions (after review): 1 March (Spring issue) / 1 September (Autumn issue)
Publication: April (Spring issue) / October (Autumn issue)

Forum contributions are shorter, usually up to 1,000 words including references. They are not peer-reviewed, but are intended as short items of general interest to the readership of Sport&EU Review. These include, but are not limited to debate/opinion pieces, conference reports, calls for papers, brief updates on key developments in the field and reviews of publications. Concerning language standards and style of referencing, the same guidelines as for longer contributions apply. Forum contributions, however, follow a slightly different schedule; they have to be submitted by 31 January (Spring issue) and 31 July (Autumn) to allow for eventual smaller revisions.

Sport&EU Review anticipates that a considerable proportion of papers first presented in Sport&EU Review will subsequently be developed for publication elsewhere and that its review process will be used as a step towards publication of a final working paper elsewhere. This is to be encouraged. Whilst Sport&EU Review will retain the right to publish contributions in their original form, authors remain free to develop their contributions further in other forms, provided Sport&EU Review is acknowledged.

Alexander Brand, Simon Ličen and Arne Niemann
Co-Editors – Sport&EU Review