General Information  [updated: ]

Title: Revista Portuguesa de Ciências do Desporto/ Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences.

Director: António Maunuel Fonseca
Cláudia Dias, Ricardo Fernandes

(1) To be a highly regarded forum of those that think, theorize and do empirical research within the realm of sport sciences.
(2) To be a stimuli and a dissemination instrument of the research activity of Portuguese and Spanish speaking investigators.
(3) To stand as a known prized project within the international community of sport science researchers. No language (idiom) may stand as a barrier to knowledge dissemination.

Areas of interest
Sport sciences are the object of interest of the Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences (PJSS). The emphasis is in science and its applied issues, that is, the biological, psychological, social and pedagogical dimensions that contribute to the development of man in sports practice. Sports´ practise is to be approached as a polissemic and polimorphic phenomena, that is, sport as a carrier of diverse forms and meanings: education (in its general sense and in their function of awarding formal degrees in university institutions), health, recreation, leisure, rehabilitation and special groups, performance excellence and management.

Journal history
This journal was born in 2001 in a context of increasing research in the Portuguese community of sport sciences. At that time, a first journal emerged – Espaço – which was a true ancestor of the Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences. However, Espaço's life spanned over two years only.

PJSS was born on January 2001, and was published biannually. Its creation was a timely response to an objective need: filling the gap of a true scientific journal in Portugal devoted to sports' problems.

Almost 20 years of intensive work and numerous published issues highligt the spread and depth of published papers. Firstly organized around the Portuguese speaking community it is now a kind of melting pot of editorial influence of researchers from the five continents.

As an urgent response to the research needs of the scientific community due to the great volume of submitted materials, the PJSS changed from two to three issues per year.

Every 4 months: 3 annual numbers – January / April; May / August; September / December.

The PJSS publishes also thematic supplements or congress proceedings.

Abreviated title: Rev Port Cien Desp / Port J Sport Sci

Indexation sources

The PJSS is indexed in the Scientific Electronic Library Online – SciELO, in SPORTDiscus and in the LATINDEX catalogue – regional system of on-line information for scientific journals of South-America, Caribe, Spain and Portugal.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


The PJSS is a publication of the Faculty of Sport, University of Porto [ISSN 1645-0523]. Reproduction of published papers, figures or photos are allowed with special permission from the Director.


The PJSS has financial support from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) - Foundation for Science and Technology.Operational Program Science, Technology, Inovation QUADRO Community Support Framework III and the Portuguese Olimpic Committee.