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Special Themed Issues

Quest is the premier journal of the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE). NAKHE is a forum for interdisciplinary ideas, concepts, and issues related to the role of kinesiology in higher education with regard to social, cultural, and personal perspectives. The journal’s aim is to stimulate scholarly discourse on issues germane to kinesiology and physical education in higher education (https://www.nakhe.org/Quest.html). Specifically, Quest's primary purpose is to publish manuscripts: (a) that address issues and concerns relevant and meaningful to the field of kinesiology; (b) that are original research reports that address empirical questions that are contextualized within higher education and hold significance to a broad range of faculty and administrators in kinesiology; and (c) that provide a review of literature and/or research of interest to one or more sub-disciplines in kinesiology.

Quest occasionally publishes invited special themed issues addressing collective and integrated perspectives with clear and explicit implications for kinesiology-related fields in higher education (including intercollegiate athletics). Quest also welcomes the submission of unsolicited special themed issue proposals at any time. Appropriate topics for special themed issues may include all kinesiology-related disciplines and sub-disciplines, and suitable papers may include meta-analyses and reviews, theoretical, methodological, conceptual, practice-based, and empirical papers.

Submission Guidelines

Scholars interested in publishing a Special Themed Issue of Quest should submit an abstract (150 words or less) summarizing the aim and key features of the proposed work, number of proposed articles, and a date that all papers will be submitted to the journal’s Editor, Dr. Samuel R. Hodge and/or Associate Editor, Justin A. Haegele. Upon proposal approval, the Editor or Associate Editor will request submission of a Special Themed Issue Proposal to: ScholarOne Manuscripts.

How to Prepare and Submit a Special Themed Issue Proposal

To receive full consideration and review, a Special Themed Issue Proposal (2-3 pages) must contain the following information:

  • Planned title for the Special Themed Issue.
  • Description of the rationale, importance, and contribution to research, scholarship, and/or the improvement of practice for the Special Themed Issue.
  • Description of how the contribution of the Special Themed Issue is in alignment with the mission and purpose of

Quest Special Themed Issue Guidelines

  • Title, name(s) and expertise of committed author(s), and a 2-3 sentence summary description for each planned article in the issue.
  • Expected timeframe for submission of fully edited final drafts of each article in the issue.
  • Name, current professional position and affiliation, brief biographical sketch, and contact information for Special Themed Issue editor(s), if applicable.

Responsibilities of Special Themed Issue Editor(s) (if applicable)

  • Obtain a signed commitment from each author agreeing to provide an article for the issue within the targeted time frame.
  • Develop the issue by collecting and editing drafts of contributed articles and interacting with authors to ensure that initial production proceeds in a timely fashion.
  • Communicate regularly with Quest’s Editor/Associate Editor on the status of the Special Themed Issue.
  • Support authors in simultaneous online submission of articles and submit a 2 to 3-page introduction to the Special Themed Issue at that time.

Topic Issue Specifications and Expectations

A Special Themed Issue will typically contain a 2-3-page introduction and between 5 and 7 articles each of no more than 25 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font (including abstract, narrative, references, tables, and/or figures).

After review by Quest’s Editor, Associate Editor, and/or Guest Editor(s) (when applicable) and final submission, all Special Themed Issue manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Additionally, Guest Editors and authors will be asked to nominate referees to participate in the pre-publication review of their work.

While publication of all issues of Quest is largely dependent on the authors’ final completion and submission of high-quality manuscripts, it is reasonable to prepare for a 12 to 18-month production cycle for a Special Themed Issue:

  • Proposal submission and Quest editorial decision (1-2 months).
  • Article drafts submitted and reviewed by Guest Editor(s) and returned to authors for simultaneous submission to Quest (3-6 months).
  • Special Themed Issue manuscripts reviewed by Quest reviewers and returned to guest editor(s) and authors with publication decision and return for revision, or final production comments, if accepted (3 months).
  • Review and coordinate submission of final manuscripts in format consistent with Quest production guidelines.

While Quest receives a high number of submissions each year, we are only able to publish a small percentage and we hold a high standard for the work that appears in both regular and special issues.



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