The quality of scientific journals as perceived by university lecturers of sport sciences

Objectives: To learn the opinion of university lecturers and researchers of physical activity and sport sciences on the subject of: a) the best criteria and products for evaluating scientific articles; and b) the best national and international scientific journals. The study used a sample of 163 lecturers teaching the Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences during the academic year 2013–2014. Twenty-four of the lecturers were evaluators working for an evaluation agency and 139 did not work for any agency.

Methodology: The instrument used was the article and journal section of the Cuestionario sobre criterios de calidad del personal docente e investigador universitario en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (Questionnaire on the quality evaluation criteria employed by university lecturers and researchers of the Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, CPDI-CAFD).

Results: The criteria and evaluation products offered by Journal Citation Reports and Scopus were considered to be particularly important. The most highly valued Spanish journals were Apunts and Revista de Psicología del Deporte, while the most highly valued international publications were Journal of Sports Science and Sports Medicine. These results can be especially important for evaluating scientific publications. The applications for accreditations can be evaluated taking into account the classifications of specific sport science journals.