Instructions for Authors

When submitting your manuscript to Research Directs in Strength and Performance, be sure to type and submit the manuscript using the RDSP TEMPLATE and be sure to indicate the manuscript type (Original Research, Direct Original Research, Case Study, Commentary, Review) on the template. The submitted manuscript must include all tables, figures, and properly formatted references as they will be presented for the final copy of the manuscript. 

On the manuscript submission page, the corresponding author must include all pertinent contact information and include a certifying statement that all work is original, not previously publish in any journal, and that all authors made significant contributions to the manuscript.   

Research Directs in Strength and Performance only accepts original works not published or under review in any other peer-reviewed journal. The journal reserves the right to reject research for flaws in research design, statistical analyses, overall low impact, and content outside of the aims and scope. The journal can also reject research due to typographical errors and failure to format according to the template provided below. For additional questions, please contact the editor of the journal.

Article Processing Charge (APC)

Research Directs is committed to an affordable article processing charge (APC). Upon acceptance of a manuscript the APC of $300 USD must be process by Research Directs prior to publication. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, an email including a payment link will be sent to the corresponding author. Manuscripts will not be published by Research Directs until the APC is finalized via PayPal. 

Manuscript Guidelines

Please use the RDSP TEMPLATE to prepare your manuscript.

Title

Provide a clear and informative title the closely reflects the study. Following the title, include each author's name and affiliation. 

Abstract

All manuscripts must include an abstract of less than 200 words with the following subheadings: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Be sure to include main findings followed by a succinct conclusion statement. After the abstract, provide three key words that are not included in the title.

Introduction

Research Directs strongly encourages an introduction that is brief (1 paragraph is strongly encourage for Case Studies and Direct Originals) and include a clear purpose statement at the end of the paragraph. Original Research should also include a direct introduction that is clear and concise. Be sure to avoid information that does not enhance the purpose of the study.

Methods

The manuscript should include a detailed methods section to precisely explain and outline all aspects of the methods, measurement tools, and statistical analyses utilized in the study. 

Results

Verbally explain the results and/or present the findings as clear tables and figures in this section. Do not replicate the results in both the paragraph and a data table. Support all findings with appropriate statistics and significance levels. 

Discussion

Explain the main findings of the study and how the results can be applied. Support main findings with citations as needed. Avoid exhaustive conclusions that do not add to the literature or support the results.

Manuscript Types

Case Studies

Case studies should include detailed findings with specific application for a novel methodological aspect of the specific aims of the journal. Case studies are small sample sized studies, typically N = 1 or N = 2. An ideal case study should include 1000 words (recommended), not including abstract and references, and a maximum of three tables or figures.

Direct Original Research

Direct Original Research manuscript is original research written as a condensed manuscript. Direct Original Research should adhere to the following simple guidelines:

  • Abstract must be less than 200 words
  • 1,000-1,500 words, not including abstract and references
  • Maximum of three tables and/or figures
  • Brief introduction of 1-2 paragraphs
  • Clear and well-articulated methods section
  • Results are supported with the appropriate statistics
  • Discussion section details the main findings confirmed/disconfirmed with citations
  • Maximum of 10-15 references

Original Research

Original research should be novel and original in design with a focus on how the study applies to advancing the aims and scope of the journal. Original Research manuscripts do not have any guidelines for length, tables, and references.

Reviews

Reviews are concisely written reviews that compare, contrast and summarize recent research in the field. Reviews should be no more than 2500-3000 words and a recommended maximum of six total tables and/or figures with no more than 25-30 references.

Commentary

A Commentary (Commentary Template) is a manuscript or authors comment about a new or controversial topic in the field. Commentaries undergo the peer review process and can be submitted by any author. Commentaries do not have to be initiated or invited by the editor. Research Directs encourages authors to submit commentaries to disseminate topics of interest. 

Learn more about commentaries here

Reporting Information

Units of Measurement

All units of measurement must be reported using the International System of Unit (SI) unless a traditional system of measurement is more appropriate to enhance the reader's understanding. For example, if reporting distance for American football, use yards/miles to report distance.

Tables and Figures

Authors are strongly encouraged to present data in a visually appealing format. Figures and graphs are encouraged over length data tables. 

Acknowledgements

Authors can acknowledge any notable persons or agencies that made the study possible that are not authors of the study after the conclusion section within the manuscript. If grant funded, please provide the grant awarding organization and the grant number in this section.

Conflict of Interest

Be sure to acknowledge if any financial benefits were provided to you or any authors of the study. If you have no conflict of interest please state, “No conflict of interest.”

References

Manuscripts must follow the citation style in medical journals created by the American Medical Association (AMA or JAMA) 10th edition format. The JAMA citation style is available in EndNote. Case Studies and Direct Originals should consist of no more than 15 references and Original Research should include no more than 25 references that specifically support the study and the results. Avoid adding citations that do not enhance or support the results or add to the brief introduction.