Sport has a transformative power as an element of inclusion and integration of societies. It is an essential factor that contributes to development and peace by promoting values such as respect, tolerance, empowerment and social inclusion, and has a direct impact on health and education.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include the challenges we face as a society and provide a vision on how to improve society globally.

From this perspective, sport contributes directly to the achievement of many of the challenges identified by the UN. In particular, sport has a direct influence on education, physical and emotional health, and the behaviour of all those who practice it, as a cultural and social agent.

From the different areas that this sector involves, Sustainability and Sports Science Journal (SSSJ) will try to answer the different issues involved in aspects such as health and well-being (objective 3), quality education (objective 4), gender equality (objective 5) or aspects that, to a greater or lesser extent, have been promoted with the development of this sector due to its multidisciplinary nature, such as work and economic growth (objective 8); industry, innovation and infrastructure (objective 9); or sustainable cities and communities (objective 11).

To this goal, these approaches must be addressed in an inclusive manner, facilitating development towards a fairer and more sustainable society. The aim of our Journal is to give visibility to works that, using motor skills, physical activity and sport, manage to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals. This editorial team invites you to submit your articles.


Sustainability and Sport Science Journal aims to:

(a) promote, enhance and disseminate research, good practice and innovation in all aspects of sustainability and Sport Science.

b) promote greater understanding, linkages and collaboration between innovation, sustainability and physical activity.


SSSJ has the following double-blind peer-reviewed indexed sections:

  • Health, sports science and sustainability.
  • Environment, physical activity and sustainability.
  • Technology, innovation, sport and sustainability.
  • Sport management and sustainability.
  • Review papers.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts received will be reviewed in the first instance by the chief editors, associate editors and / or section editors, who will decide whether the article follows the editorial line of the Journal and whether it meets the formal requirements established in the authors' regulations.

Manuscripts that do not comply with these formal characteristics will be returned to their authors to adapt the manuscript to current regulations, and those who do not follow the editorial line will be rejected for publication in the Journal.

Papers that present a correct adaptation to the current regulations and that follow the editorial line of the Journal will be sent anonymously to two external reviewers of the Journal for review.

All articles received (except letters to the Editor) will be reviewed through a double-blind peer review system.

The article review process is done with the Open Journal System (OJS) software that guarantees automated and auditable electronic registration of all interactions. It is a transparent process, which enables the improvement of texts when their publication is viable. The following video describes the review process for evaluating an article using OJS (Source: Public Knowledge Project).

The review criteria are as follows: originality, novelty, topicality, interest, quality and methodological rigor and relevance.

The articles may be rejected, accepted with modifications or accepted without modification:

  • In case of requesting minor changes, the manuscript will be accepted as soon as it includes the modifications requested, with no need for further revisions.
  • In case of major changes, the manuscript with modifications will be evaluated by one of the first reviewers with the aim of giving greater coherence and fluidity to the process. This new revision will last for a maximum of 30 days.
  • In case of rejection, it will be at editorial discretion the possibility of accepting a new submission of the modified manuscript or its definitive rejection.

The average review time will be between 30 and 45 days. Once the deadline has expired, the publisher will undertake to send a resolution to the author of the article.

Accepted papers will be assigned and published in the first issue of the available Journal and according to the needs of the Journal. Authors will know this information and the date of publication at the time of acceptance.

Average values with monthly update. Last update: January 2024.

Days to First Editorial Decision 6

Days to Accept 19

Acceptance Rate 64%

In consideration of SSSJ's publication of the Work, the authors hereby transfer, assign, and otherwise convey all copyright ownership worldwide, in all languages, and in all forms of media now or hereafter known, including electronic media such as CD-ROM, Internet, and Intranet, to SSSJ. If SSSJ should decide for any reason not to publish an author’s submission to the Work, SSSJ shall give prompt notice of its decision to the corresponding author, this agreement shall terminate, and neither the author nor SSSJ shall be under any further liability or obligation.

Each author certifies that he or she has no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, except as disclosed on a separate attachment. All funding sources supporting the Work and all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors are acknowledged in a footnote in the Work.

Each author certifies that his or her institution has approved the protocol for any investigation involving humans or animals and that all experimentation was conducted in conformity with ethical and humane principles of research.

Competing Interests

Biomedical journals typically require authors and reviewers to declare if they have any competing interests with regard to their research.

Sustainability and Sports Science Journal require authors to agree to Copyright Notice as part of the submission process.

Publication Frequency

Once accepted, all articles are published immediately, and with all of them, each year, a single volume is published in electronic version with four quarterly numbers. The publication dates of each issue are as follows:

No. 1 - January, 01.
No. 2 - April, 01.
No. 3 - July, 01.
No. 4 - October, 01.

Open Access Policy

Sustainability and Sports Science Journal is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

In accordance with the open access policy described above, subscriptions to SSSJ are completely free of charge.

This title is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

In accordance with the open access policy described above, Sustainability and Sports Science Journal does not charge authors any publication fees.

Archiving and Digital Preservation

This journal uses the PKP Preservation Network system to digitally preserve OJS journals. The LOCKSS program offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the content. The PKP PN ensures that journals that are not part of any other digital preservation service (such as CLOCKSS or Portico) can be preserved for long-term access. For additional details about the PKP PN, see the high level overview (an early discussion document).

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.


LOCKSS system has permission to collect, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.