Article Submission Guidelines
All members of SIHR may submit articles for inclusion in the annual journal. Please review the following guidelines before submitting an article.
1. Deadline for submission
Submissions must be received on or before August 31 of each year. Stories received after this date will be held for consideration in the subsequent year’s journal.
2. Method of submission
Submissions may be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on CD by postal mail to SIHR, 300–66 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON M5B 1G3. Mailed submissions will be considered to have been submitted on the postmark date. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
3. Length and organization
Submissions should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Longer and shorter submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis; however, submissions of less than 1,000 words should be submitted to the SIHR Bulletin rather than the Hockey Research Journal. Submissions should list title and author’s name, followed by the text. A subtitle is preferred, and the editors may add one if none is provided.
4. Format and font
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word–compatible format, single-column, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman text. One space should follow a period, not two.
Do not include blank lines between paragraphs. Tab-indent the first line of each paragraph.
Headings within the submission should be in boldface and underlined.
Submissions should use Canadian spelling. Examples of common spelling differences are: centre, not center (except when spelled Center in proper names); defenceman, not defenseman; and honour, not honor.
8. Units of measurement
nits of measurement should be given in metric, with imperial equivalents in brackets as appropriate.
League or statistical abbreviations should not contain periods (for example: NHL, not N.H.L.). Well-known abbreviations may be used without explanation, but those requiring explanation should be spelled out in the first use in the article. Subsequent uses in the same article should be without explanation. Do not provide an abbreviation unless the abbreviation is used later in the article.
10. Number format
Numbers below 10 should be spelled out; numbers greater than nine should be in numeric format — i.e., “eight, nine, 10, 11 . . .” Exceptions are the scores of individual games, which should be X–Y format — e.g., “the game ended in a 3–3 draw” — and won-lost-tied records, which should always be in numeric format, such as 12–8–3.
11. Season notation
Hockey seasons should be written in the format 1976/77, not 1976–77. This enables a range of years to be written as 1974/75–1978/79, for example. Seasons at the turn of a century should be in the format 1899/00 or 1999/00, not 1899/1900 or 1999/2000. When referring to postseason championships, use only the year in which the championship was actually won. For example, the Montreal Canadiens were Stanley Cup champions in 1956, not in 1955/56.
Player nicknames should be placed in quotation marks (as in Fred “Bun” Cook) when used as part of the player’s full name. If the nickname is used to refer to the player directly (as in Bun Cook), no quotation marks should be used.
A quotation of more than 100 words should be offset in its own paragraph, indented and italicized. Shorter quotations should be within quotation marks in the main text. All quotations must be referenced appropriately.
Any table should have a very simple format. Tables will be standardized in the editing process.
Photos should be provided with appropriate captions and attribution. They should not be embedded in the article submission but submitted separately. Hard copies of photos can be submitted; these will be scanned and returned.
Authors must submit a very brief biography (one or two sentences) to appear at the end of the article.
Footnotes should not be used.
18. Endnotes Endnotes may be used, but not through a word processor’s automatic referencing feature, which makes editing and layout more difficult. Simply list the endnotes at the end of the article, and indicate in the text (enclosed in brackets) where the reference should be — for example, (1).
19. Bibliography Bibliographic information should be collected at the end of the submission, and should cite the author, title, publication and/or publisher volume and number, date and page number, in that order. Use MLA citation style — for examples, refer to http://www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/ library/workshop/citmla.htm. In-text references to the bibliography should not use a word processor’s automatic referencing feature, which makes editing and layout more difficult.
20. Page numbers
Page numbers should not be used.
21. Author review
When the article has been edited and laid out, a copy will be sent by email only to the author for his or her review. The author will have one week to provide comments or corrections. If no comments or corrections are received in the stated time, the article will be published as-is.