Publishing trends in the International Journal of Sport Psychology during the First 50 years (1970-2019), with a particular focus on Asia and Oceania

Peter C. Terry *, Renée L. Parsons-Smith **/***, Alessandro Quartiroli **** and Susan M. Blackmore ***

(*) Division of Research & Innovation, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
(**) School of Psychology & Counselling, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
(***) School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD, Australia
(****) Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA

Citation

C. Terry, P., L. Parsons-Smith, R., Quartiroli, A., M. Blackmore, S. (2020). Publishing trends in the International Journal of Sport Psychology during the First 50 years (1970-2019), with a particular focus on Asia and Oceania. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 51(5), 493-513. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2020.51.493

Abstract

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its first issue, we explored publication trends in the International Journal of Sport Psychology (IJSP), with a particular focus on research contributions from Asia and Oceania. A descriptive analysis of all articles published in IJSP between 1970 and 2019 (N = 1,175) was conducted to identify trends related to first author gender, country, and continent. Also, an analysis of research topics by decade was conducted using Leximancer. Key findings were: (a) female first authors became more prominent over time but remained in the minority; (b) the percentage of articles from Europe and Asia increased and the percentage of articles from North America declined, although the USA and Canada have been the top contributors over the life of the journal; and (c) the focus on particular topics, especially those pertaining to athletes, performance, motor learning, motivation, and teams was sustained throughout the 50-year period. Within Asia and Oceania, the 10 countries publishing the most articles were, in descending order, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, India, Japan, Singapore, and Turkey.

Keywords: Asia, ASPASP, Content Analysis, Exercise, IJSP, ISSP, Oceania, Psychology, Sport


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