Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada moves beyond the confines of traditional journals in the field. We seek to provide an effective medium for health and fitness practitioners, researchers, instructors, and the general population to provide insight into unique and innovative practice in health and fitness. Our journal covers topics that are timely and innovative. It is our goal to make a journal that can be applied directly to improve the health and well-being of Canadian society.

 

Section Policies

COVER PAGE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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EDITORIAL

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

We are pleased to support the publication of peer-reviewed conference proceedings. There is no limit to the word count for conference proceedings and a specialized template is available for conference organizers.

Editors
  • Darren Warburton
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ARTICLES

We actively seek original articles of basic, applied, or translational research. There is no word count limit on these articles; however, authors should aim for 3000-6000 word articles (excluding references). Longer or shorter length articles will be considered by the editorial team. 

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HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

We actively seek articles that provide historical insight into a topic that is well known in the health and fitness field. There is no word count limit on these articles; however, authors should aim for 1500-2000 word articles (excluding references).

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SYSTEMATIC OR NARRATIVE REVIEWS

We encourage the dissemination of reviews of the literature. Both systematic and narrative reviews are welcomed. These articles generally range from 2000-3000 words (excluding references), and must be well cited and current.

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EXPERT OPINION

Our editorial board requests brief expert opinion papers from leading researchers in Canada. This includes 1500-2000 word reports from a variety of areas. All requests are made by the editorial board; however, suggestions for topics and authors are welcomed greatly.

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OUR PERSPECTIVE

Commentaries from patients or high performance athletes that have benefited from particular physical activity/exercise interventions are welcomed. Topics are as diverse as the client. These commentaries should be restricted to 500-1000 words (including references).

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THE PRACTITIONER'S CORNER

We encourage practitioners (such as Qualified Exercise Professionals, physiotherapists, physicians) to submit articles related to their practice. The word limit of these papers is consistent with the style of article submitted: Original articles (up to 6000 words), Review Articles (2000-3000 words), and Commentaries (500-1000 words).

Editors
  • Norman Gledhill
  • Veronica Jamnik
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STUDENTS' CORNER

We recognize the need to create leaders of tomorrow in the health and fitness field. Therefore, we actively encourage students and their supervisors to submit original or review articles for consideration. For this specific section, the lead author must be an undergraduate or graduate student. Co-authors should also consist of the students current or former supervisor. The word limit of these papers is consistent with the style of article submitted: Original articles (up to 6000 words), Review Articles (2000-3000 words), and Commentaries (500-1000 words).

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CLINICAL OR HIGH PERFORMANCE CASE STUDIES

Brief reports regarding clinical or high performance case studies are welcomed. These reports should cover timely and innovative findings. These articles range from 2000-3000 words (excluding references).

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BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews of selected innovative books in the health and fitness industry are welcomed. These reviews should consist of a concise synopsis of the book (up to 500 words) with particularly emphasis on knowledge translation for the practitioner and client.

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NOTES FOR FITNESS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Submissions related directly to technical notes or descriptions of techniques are encouraged. Manuscripts within this section are designed to assist others in the field. There is no word limit to these technical notes/descriptions; however, these notes need to be applied in nature and with sufficient detail to be of assistance to health and fitness professionals.

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KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION MEDIA

We encourage the creation of media and resources related to evidence-based knowledge translation. This is an effective medium for the dissemination of evidence-based best practice information for the general public. Authors should prepare an abstract, a short summary article (500-1000 words), an related knowledge translation resource (such as a video). 

 

Editors
  • Darren Warburton
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INFOGRAPHICS

We encourage the creation of evidence-based infographics. This is an effective medium for the dissemination of evidence-based best practice information for the general public making use of infographics. Authors should prepare an abstract, a short summary article highlighting the key features of the infographic (500-1000 words), and a related evidence-based infographic. 

 

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Peer Review Process

Review Policies

We ask that all authors submit their works and reviewers enter their confidential comments via our secure online system. If any difficulties arise, please contact a member of our team for timely assistance.

Criteria for Publication

The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada welcomes submissions from across the world. To be published in the HFJC, a paper should be innovative, make a significant advancement to our understanding, and be of importance to those in the fields of exercise medicine, physical activity, fitness, and health.

Peer Review Process

Our editorial staff as a preliminary review process reads all submitted manuscripts. Those papers that meet our journal mandate are sent out for a formal review. Those papers that are judged to not be relevant or not to make a significant advancement to the field are returned to the authors promptly without further external review. Those papers deemed to be of interest to our readership are sent out for formal review. This generally involves 2-3 leading authorities. A decision regarding the acceptability of the paper is made by the Editor (and/or Section Editor) based on the reviewers’ collective feedback. When discrepancies exist the advice of another reviewer may be sought.

Manuscripts may receive one of the following recommendations:

  • Acceptance
  • Minor Revisions Required
  • Major Revisions Required
  • Rejection (Not Acceptable)

We aim to have the review process completed within a 4-6 week period; however, we acknowledge that longer or shorter review times may be required depending on the reviewers’ availability. 

 

Publication Frequency

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada is a publication representing a major step forward in the recognition of the role of physical activity and exercise in effective health promotion.

Manuscripts will be published as soon as they are ready for publication and added to the current volume's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...