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Open Access Policy

The texts published in this journal, unless otherwise indicated, are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivativeWorks 3.0. Italy licence. They may be copied, distributed and broadcast provided that the author and the journal that publishes them, Rivista Italiana di Pedagogia dello sport, are cited. Commercial use and derivative works are not permitted. The full licence can be consulted on Creative Commons.

The Italian Journal of Sports Pedagogy (RIPES) is an Open Access Journal to be consistent with the BOAI definition of Open Access (Budapest Open Access Initiative), the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (ACG194/2008) and the Messina Declaration on Open Access. The declarations imply open access both to knowledge collected for centuries and to knowledge produced in research institutions. Thus, the knowledge reverts itself in our national and international environment and hence improves knowledge transfer and academic and scientific discussions and reflections.

Publication policy and ethics

Publication frequency

The The Italian Journal of Sports Pedagogy is published twice a year in June and December between the 10th and the 18th. There is a Spring issue (January – June) and an Autumn issue (July – December).


RIPES publishes unpublished and reviewed papers on topics related to sports pedagogy and sports didactics as a specific educational research field of educational sciences and sports studies. The published work must be original, that is, it must not have been published or submitted for publication in any other medium. Indeed, it is the authors’ responsibility to comply with this rule.

Manuscript categories

RIPES publishes research results, studies, experiences and current issues.

– Articles: the papers should present investigations made by the author(s) on a subject according to the journal’s thematic lines. The length for articles is of 4,500 to 8,000 words (references not included).

– Case studies, applications and practical experiences of educational innovation and current issues within the scope of the journal.

Monographs: On some occasions RIPES also publishes monographs which are planned and managed by a theme editor. When it comes to this category it will be announced sufficiently in advance in the corresponding Call for Papers. The section Monographs is published along with the other regular categories of the journal Articles.

Processing charge and publishing procedure

There is not any article processing charge (APC) for publishing in RIPES. Publishing procedure is developed as follows:

– Authors must submit manuscripts, prepared following the specific template, to, and send the specific form with their name, family name, title, key words and abstract of their article.Before sending the manuscript authors are asked to perform certain confirmations (Declaration of Authorship and Originality, Statement of Exclusivity, Conflict-of-Interest Statement, Approval on open-access publishingscarica etc.).

– Authors receive a confirmation of manuscript submission via e-mail within 5 days of reception of the manuscript.

Within thirty days of reception authors receive an email in terms of the decision that has been made on their manuscript:

– The paper has been accepted by the Editorial Board and sent out to be reviewed by two referees.

– The paper has been rejected by the Editorial Board before entering the peer review process when it is considered to be lacking important formal and thematic aspects. In this case the proceedings are not continued.

– Authors are asked to make formal and thematic changes before the paper is sent out to be reviewed.

The manuscripts will be evaluated anonymously (double-blind peer review) by a minimum of two referees. The editors of RIPES committed themselves to respect the recommendations of the reviewers.The following criteria are applied in terms of the referees’ recommendations:

– If both referees unconditionally accept the manuscript for publication, the authors receive a confirmation via e-mail.

– If both referees reject the manuscript, it is rejected outright. In this case RIPES editors are willing to inform the authors about the reasons for rejection.

– If the two referees disagree on the quality of the work, an additional reviewer is solicited who will then decide if the paper is going to be rejected or not.

– If a major revision is considered necessary from the referees, authors are asked to submit a modified version which will than be reviewed by the same referees again. The modified version decides if the manuscript is going to be published or not.

The Evaluation Protocol used by the reviewers of this journal is public (click here to scaricadownload). Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors may be issued certificates of the publication in the RIPES if required. The article undergoes the proof process. The proof-reader sends page proofs to the author in a WORD file. The author notes changes or comments in a WORD document and sends it back by e-mail.

When the article is written by more than one author, RIPES sends page proofs only to the first author. Unless otherwise indicated to the director or the editor, e-mail exchanges are exclusively with this person. The proof-reader should receive the requested changes in only one document. In no case are changes accepted that change the final version approved by the referees.

Peer-review process

The manuscripts submitted to the RIPES and regardless of the category (Article, Case study or Monograph) undergo a peer-review process or a blind, peer-review process.

First, the Editorial Board preselects the manuscripts. During this process it is decided if the submitted papers comply with the thematic and formal requirements of the publication guidelines of the journal RIPES.

Papers that do not meet these requirements will not undergo the next phase of the peer-review process.

The reviewers have an Evaluation protocol for the process of evaluation which is publicly accessible, that must be filled out to complete the procedure. Reviewers are asked to handle in their evaluations within 30 days from confirming their availability. The manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, that is the author is not informed about who is reviewing the paper.

Taking into account the reviewers’ evaluations, the Editorial Board decides if the paper is rejected or accepted for publication. They also decide about the changes and modifications considered appropriate.

Note: the papers are reviewed by external reviewers who are neither from the Scientific Committee nor from the Editorial Board.

Conflict of interests

A conflict of interest may arise when an author, a referee or a member of the Editorial Board as reviewer have personal or economic relations which may unduly influence  their  behaviour  in  terms  of  judgments,  pressure  or  assessments.  The Editors, the Scientific Committee and the Editorial Board members of RIPES are responsible for managing potential conflicts of interest by adopting a double-blind review process.