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Journal of Sports Analytics

Impact Factor


10, 4 issues

Latest issue

10:1 online 27 February 2024

Next issue

10:2 scheduled for May 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2015

ISSN print


ISSN online

Open Access
Online Only

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Sports Analytics (JSA) aims to be the central forum for the discussion of practical applications of sports analytics research, serving team owners, general managers, coaches, fans, and academics. We invite analytical research on any single sport or across sports that seeks to improve our understanding of the game or strategies for improving a team or a league.

Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • player evaluation
  • game strategies
  • sports business
  • roster construction
  • contract negotiations
  • data visualization
  • physics in sports
  • draft analysis
  • sport psychology
  • coaching evaluation
  • technology in sports
  • rule changes
  • referee analytics
  • health and injuries
  • sports awards
  • sports records

We are currently soliciting submissions for future issues. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. There are no author submission fees.

Please visit our websites for more information:

Editorial Board


Philip Maymin
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT, USA

Eugene Shen
Washington Commanders
Washington, DC, USA

Advisory Board

Andrew Berry
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland, OH, USA

James Click
Houston Astros
Houston, TX, USA

Rich Cho
Memphis Grizzlies
New York City, NY, USA

Tim Connelly
Denver Nuggets
Denver, CO, USA

Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas, TX, USA

Eric DeCosta
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore, MD, USA

Kevin Demoff
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dell Demps
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans, LA, USA

Jessica Gelman
Kraft Analytics Group
Boston, MA, USA

Dan Kantrovitz
Chicago Cubs
Chicago, IL, USA

Tony Khan
Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham Football Club
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Ted Leonsis
Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards
Washington, DC, USA

Sig Mejdal
Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore, MD, USA

Daryl Morey
Houston Rockets
Houston, TX, USA

Associate Editors

Jim Albert
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Ambra Macis 
University of Brescia
Brescia, Italy

Marica Manisera
University of Brescia
Brescia, Italy

Tim Swartz
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Editorial Board

Daniel Adler
Minnesota Twins
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Harry Crane
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Rob Ohno
ANNIKA Foundation
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States

Mike Zarren
Boston Celtics
Boston, MA, USA

Sandy Weil
Swish Analytics
Denver, CO, USA

Victor Wang
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland, OH, USA

John Urschel
Cambridge, MA, USA

Mitch Tanney
Coterie Insurance
Noblesville, IN, USA

Patrick Sund
Golden State Warriors
San Francisco, CA, USA

Laurence Stewart
Manchester City FC
Manchester, UK

Josh Stein
San Diego Padres
San Diego, CA, USA

Joe Sheehan
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto, ON, Canada

Jason Rosenfeld
NBA League Office
New York City, NY, USA

Ryan Rodenberg
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL, USA

Trevor Patch
Colorado Rockies
Denver, CO, USA

Dean Oliver
Washington Wizards
Washington, DC, USA

Christopher Long
Chanteclair Farm
Friendsville, MD, USA

Dan Altman
NYU and North Yard Analytics
New York City, NY, USA

Dennis Lock
Buffalo Bills
New York City, NY, USA

George Li
Carolina Panthers
Charlotte, NC, USA

Ian Levin
New York Mets
New York City, NY, USA

Shane Kupperman
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans, LA, USA

Karim Kassam
Zelus Analytics
Austin, TX, USA

Sam Grossman
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Sarah Gelles
Houston Astros
Houston, TX, USA

Dan Fox
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Michael Clutterbuck
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Matt Bollero
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Zaheer Benjamin
Vision Insights
New York City, NY, USA

TJ Barra
New York Mets
New York City, NY, USA

Steven Angel
National Basketball Association
New York City, NY, USA

Benjamin Alamar
Draper, Utah, USA

Tucker Zeleny
Omaha, NE, USA

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Peer Review

Peer Review Process and Process for Appeals
The Journal of Sports Analytics operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (with an option for double-blind if requested) by by the Editors-in-Chief. Manuscripts that are deemed unsuitable may be rejected without peer review. Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review are sent to appropriate anonymous referees (a minimum of two) for confidential review. Referee reports are then assessed by the Editors-in-Chief, who will send a decision letter to the author along with the anonymized referee reports. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

The initial decision will be one of the following: rejection, acceptance without revision, or potentially acceptable after minor or major revisions. Revised manuscripts will then be appraised by the Editor-in-Chief, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a final decision. Once approved this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the referee reports. Once accepted manuscripts are normally published on-line without delay and appear in the next available print issue.

The Editors in-Chief have the ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Editors-in-Chief (at Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.

Latest Articles

Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:

Factors associated with match outcomes in elite European football – insights from machine learning models
Martin Buchheit, Maxime Settembre, Karim Hader, Ray Hamill, Adrien Tarascon, Raymond Verheijen, Derek McHugh

Modeling and prediction of tennis matches at Grand Slam tournaments
A. Groll, N. Buhamra, S. Brunner

Performance analysis in top handball matches in the seasons before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic
Mateusz Szczerba, Paweł Krawczyk, Jan Labiński, Maksymilian Smoliński

A multi-season machine learning approach to examine the training load and injury relationship in professional soccer
Rashid Bakirov, Aritra Majumdar, Dan Hodges, Sean McCullagh, Tim Rees

Sabermetrics by the sea: Evaluating college players with the Cape Cod Baseball League
Thomas Moloney, Humbert Kilanowski

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