New Journal | Sport & Entertainment Review (SER) | Open Call for Paper Proposals

ser-dsThe University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management and FiT Publishing are pleased to announce the launch of Sport & Entertainment Review, a peer-reviewed journal that will be published beginning in February 2015.

Sport & Entertainment Review (SER), which will be published electronically three times per year (February, June, October), is the preferred journal of the Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow Conference, hosted by the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. The department previously published the Journal of Venue and Event Management, but have decided to change the scope and format of the journal while rebranding it as SER.

The mission of SER is to become the outlet for the best new ideas for people creating, leading, and transforming sport and entertainment organizations and businesses. SER seeks to be one of the world’s leading journals on publishing cutting-edge, authoritative thinking on the key issues facing executives in the world of sport and entertainment.

Sport & Entertainment Review (SER) is the first journal in our field that will explicitly focus on the review of how our academic work has affected and/or could affect managers in the industry of sport or entertainment management. Following the philosophy of the Harvard Business Review, we invite scholars to review their own line of research and explain how that research could be of value for the field of sport and/or entertainment management.

Due to the unique nature of the journal, the journal has set up a two-step review process that would allow authors to gain feedback on the appropriateness of their proposed review, before writing a full-length article. Instead, authors are invited to submit a 500-750 word proposal that outlines the following components (a full overview of submission guidelines is attached):

  1. What is the central message of the article you propose to write? What is important, useful, new, or counterintuitive about your idea? Why do managers need to know about your idea?
  2. How can your idea be applied in business today?
  3. For which kinds of companies would your idea work especially well? For which kinds of companies would the idea NOT work well? Why?
  4. What research have you conducted to support the argument in your article?
  5. Upon what previous work (either of your own or that of others) does this idea build?
  6. What is the source of your authority? What academic, professional, or personal experience will you draw on?
  7. What is the applicability of your idea beyond your own discipline of sport or entertainment, and how can it benefit the other fields in sport and entertainment? (e.g. if your study originates in sport, how can it benefit managers working in music, theater, arts, or live performance, and vice versa.)

SER is a new initiative that is aiming to diminish the gap between industry and academics and develop an outlet for academics to communicate the impact of their work to managers in the field. We hope you will all consider submitting a proposal to this journal.  If you have any questions, please contact Bob Heere, the editor, through email ( or phone (803-777 9679).

For more information on submitting manuscripts to SER for publication, please see the Submission Guidelines. The deadline for submissions for the inaugural issue was Sept. 1, 2014, but other issues will follow.

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