Cogent Social Sciences
Read our interview with Sport Section Editor Dr Mike Rayner
Cogent Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary open access journal with a mission to make research and knowledge accessible to everyone without discrimination. The journal publishes original research and review articles across several broad topical areas, including Criminology & Criminal Justice, Geography, Leisure & Tourism, Politics, Sociology and Sport.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to catch up with Dr Mike Rayner, who has recently taken on the role of Senior Editor for the journal’s Sport section. Please read on to find out more about the journal and Mike’s plans for the future of the Sport section.
Dr Mike Rayner is a Reader (Associate Professor) and Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships) in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. He is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a registered practitioner with the Chartered Management Institute (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Mike is currently the section-editor for the Sport Section of Cogent Social Sciences and sits on the editorial boards of Managing Sport and Leisure, Business and Management and The International Journal for Business and Social Science Journals.
Read on for our interview with Mike…
Firstly, please could we ask you to introduce Cogent Social Sciences and tell us a bit about the journal?
Cogent Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary open access journal with a broad scope, facilitating the discovery of connections between disciplines and communities.
I am the Senior Editor for the Sport section of the journal, focusing on wide-ranging and multidisciplinary research, discussion and analysis on contemporary sport issues. Topics may include the history, sociology, pedagogy and psychology of sport, as well as sports administration and management.
As Senior Editor for Sport, could you describe the kind of research published in this section of Cogent Social Sciences?
As a fully-refereed international journal, the Sport section of Cogent Social Sciences aims to present current practice and research from multiple perspectives across the multidisciplinary subject area of sport. The Sport section of the Cogent Social Sciences is a unique publication that promotes new developments, contemporary perspectives and ongoing inquiry into critical issues that are impacting the world of sport.
What is your vision for the Sport section and how would you like it to develop during your time as Editor?
I would like to diversify the research submitted to the Sport section of Cogent Social Sciences. Specifically, I envisage diversifying all elements of the section from readership all the way through to the editorial board. In turn this will make the section more inclusive and engage a wider contribution from the sport subject ecosystem.
What have been your recent article highlights from the journal and why?
I have only been involved with the journal for a few weeks, however I am really enthused by the global representation of articles not only published but also submitted to the journal. This is certainly an area of strength and one in which I would like to grow over the next few years.
Finally, how can authors contribute their research to Cogent Social Sciences?
The easiest way to contribute research to the journal is to go to the website. You can read the full instructions for authors here. However, we will be running a series of Article Collections with a series of Guest Editors which will not only be promoted on the website but also through our Social Media channels, so watch this space.
Why publish your research in Cogent Social Sciences?
Immediate access to your article on publication, accessible by anyone, anywhere
Rigorous peer review
Retention of the full copyright of your work
Rapid online publication
Innovative article-level performance metrics
Global marketing and high production values
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