ISSN 1415-9805 printed version
ISSN 1980-6574 on-line version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and Policy

Motriz. Journal of Physical Education. UNESP. Motriz is a refereed and indexed scientific journal, quarterly published by the Department of Physical Education, Institute of Biosciences, São Paulo State University at Rio Claro, State of São Paulo, Brazil, under a Creative Common License, Version 3.0.
eISSN: 1980-6574

CNPq Areas of knowledge: Motriz is ranked in the Health Sciences area - 4.09.00.00-2 - Physical Education.

Copyrights
Copyrights of published articles are the property of Motriz, and under no circumstance will the Journal transfer rights of published work. Reproduction of portions of published articles in other publications, or for any other use, is subject to written permission by the editors-in-chief. Reproductions of published work by Motriz, under a maximum of 500 words are allowed with proper citation references and quotations.
 Authors partially reproducing others’ published work—whether by a different author or his or her own—exceeding 500 words, or that includes tables, figures, and other illustrations, must have written permission from the author and/or journal holding copyrights of such work. We strongly discourage authors who include multiple reproductions of published work in order to avoid perceptions of plagiarism or self-plagiarism by reviewers and the editorial board.
 Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a “Journal Publishing Agreement.” Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An email will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a “Journal Publishing Agreement” form or a link to the online version of this agreement.

 More about ethics and Journal’s guidelines:
- Motriz only publishes studies that were approved by an institutional ethics committee (when a study involves humans or animals). Fail to provide such information prevent publication of the manuscript. To ensure these requirements, it is essential that submission documentation is complete. If you have not completed this step yet, go to Motriz website and fill out the two required documents: Declaration of conflict of interest and SEER forms. Whether or not your study uses humans or animals, these documents must be completed and signed by all authors and attached as supplementary files in the Motriz electronic system of the originally submitted manuscript.

 - Motriz reserves all rights of its published articles. Therefore, any duplication of information conveyed in the journal or previously published in another publication--from materials published by the authors themselves or from authorship of others--is considered copyright infringement. This is a very serious breach of ethics, and, in such cases, disciplinary measures will be taken (e.g., retraction of the article; suspension of the implicated authors and co-authors for a minimum period of five years, or upon discretion of the editorial board).

Peer review process
An original manuscript submitted for publication will be submitted to the review process as long as it fits the following criteria:
√ the study was not previously published, nor has been submitted simultaneously for consideration of publication elsewhere;
√ all persons listed as authors approved its submission to Motriz;
√ any person cited as a source of personal communication has approved the quote;
√ the opinions expressed by the authors are their exclusive responsibility;
√ the author signs a formal statement that the submitted manuscript complies with the directions and guidelines of Motriz.

 The editors-in-chief and associate editors will make a preliminary analysis regarding the appropriateness, quality, originality and written style/grammar of the submitted manuscript. The editors reserve the right to request additional information, corrections, and guideline compliance before they submit the manuscript to the “ad-hoc” review process.
Minor changes in the text may be made at the discretion of the editors-in-chief and/or associate editors.  Changes can include spelling and grammar in the chosen language, written style, journal citations, and reference guidelines. The author is notified of changes at any point of the review process, or during the paper production for publication. The final version is available to the author for his or her approval before it is published.
Motriz uses “ad-hoc” reviewers, who volunteer to analyze the merit of the study. Typically, one or more expert reviewers are consulted in a double-blind process. Authors are notified by e-mail when their submission has been accepted (or rejected).
Important: The Motriz Editorial Board believes that majority of research authors who submit manuscripts to this journal expects positive and high quality reviews of their peers. In addition, this board expects that all authors who consider submitting a manuscript, have already submitted, or have a paper recently published in Motriz must act, upon invitation, as “ad hoc” reviewer of manuscripts submitted to this journal. Authors (and co-authors) who fail to fulfill this role will be unwelcome to submit future manuscripts. Additionally, unanswered requests or declined requests for “ad hoc” revision may result in rejection of current and future submissions. Important: Any member of the editorial board (as well as “ad hoc” reviewers) is not excused from undergoing the regular reviewing process of this Journal.

Published manuscripts are entirely the responsibility of the authors and do not reflect opinions or personal views of Motriz Journal editors or associate editors.

Archiving
Motriz utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed file system among participating libraries and allows them to create permanent archives of the journal for the preservation and restoration of files. href="http://lockss.stanford.edu/"

 

Section Policies and Guidelines

Motriz publishes the following sections/categories:

(OBS: A manuscript is the submitted document. An article is the published paper.)

  • Editorial
    Editors-in-Chief of Motriz Journal are responsible to write this Editorial section
  • Original articles
    Includes full paper (over 10 printed pages) and short paper (equal or under 10 printed pages). Articles in these categories are the results of empirically--or theoretically--based scientific research, which employ scientific methods, and which report experimental or observational aspects of human movement, such as medical, biochemical, psychological or social characteristics. Descriptive analyses or data inferences should include rigorous methodological structure as well as sound theory. Your manuscript should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. “Full papers” are manuscripts that are typically longer than 30, double-spaced pages or more (at reviewers and editors’ discretion to obtain clarity and objectivity). “Short papers” are manuscripts that are less than 30 double-spaced pages in length. Three double-spaced pages of the manuscript often results in one-page printed article. If a published paper is equal or less than 10 pages, it is considered a “Short paper.”
  • Critique
    This category includes papers with analytical discussions about a particular area of specialty, or about new technologies or techniques. Analytical discussions in a critique must be contextualized with regard to current and specialized literature.
  • Experiential report
    This category of paper includes original and unique descriptions of practical or experimental settings that relate to the Journal’s areas of interest. They can include case studies, clinical or controlled trials, pedagogical experiences, and the development of a method, and can use descriptive data analysis, conceptual implications, description of procedures or intervention strategies, but all must be supported by methodologically appropriate evidence. For both full and short papers, human or animal studies must comply with official ethics committee standards.
  • Invited paper and award paper
    This category includes invited papers from authors with outstanding scientific credentials. Nomination of invited authors is at the discretion of the Motriz editorial board. Motriz also publishes award papers selected by the scientific committee of the International Congress of Human Movement Sciences and the São Paulo Symposium of Physical Education. These papers appear in one issue every two years.
  • Supplemental Issue of the International Congress of Human Movement Sciences and the São Paulo Symposium of Physical Education
    The Supplemental Issue includes abstracts of oral and poster presentations, approved by the Scientific Committee of the International Congress of Physical Education and Human Movement and the São Paulo Symposium of Physical Education. The Supplemental Issue appears once every two years.
  • Invited author
    This category includes invited authors with outstanding scientific credentials. Nomination of invited authors is at the discretion of the Motriz editorial board.

Regardless the section, human or animal studies must comply with official ethics’ committee standards.

Manuscript Guidelines, Format and Preparation

Guidelines
Motriz uses the APA guidelines (American Psychological Association) for writing style, references, citations, and other technical details.
Some links for purchasing the APA manual and free-access APA resources.
http://www.apastyle.org/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/apa

Authors must comply with Motriz guidelines and APA guidelines. Manuscripts that are not in agreement with the guidelines will be archived and the review process will be automatically terminated.

Language 

Original manuscript shall be written in English (US style).

Format and Preparation
A single file of the manuscript, non-identified (for the blind review process), produced with a word processor, will be uploaded onto the Journal’s website. Main manuscript or supplementary files should not be converted in pdf format. The manuscript shall be double-spaced, Times font, size 12 pt., text left justified, with number of pages limited as the sections above. Page margin size is 2.5 cm top and bottom, and 3 cm left and right sides. Footnotes shall be numbered according to their appearance in the text. Indicate the location of figures and tables as they appear in the text. Figures and tables must be inserted at the end of the manuscript, properly numbered and labeled. If the manuscript is approved, a jpg or tif file for each figure will be requested. Each page must be numbered, with lines numbered in order to facilitate the review process. Include: Title, abstracts and keywords in English, Portuguese and Spanish versions;
Length: 150 words. Abstract should include statement of the problem, purpose, generalities about the method, results (do not include statistical data), and conclusions or theoretical implications (do not include sub-titles in the abstract text, e.g., “introduction”). List three to four keywords, separated by comma.

Cover sheet 
 Separately uploaded, cover sheet that includes the following information:

  • Identified cover sheet including: title (limited to 10 words) and short title (limited to 3 words);
  • identification of authors and affiliations;
  • chosen Journal’s section;
  • a short title;
  • address of the corresponding author (including telephone and email address);
  •  acknowledgements (when appropriate: grant, collaborators, partner institutions, etc.);
  • additional information, whenever appropriate: study is part of a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation; part of the study presented in conferences with abstract publication.
  • Manuscript sections: section title (bold), subtitle (italic), left justified. Do not include numbers or letters before these titles/subtitles.

Footnotes
Avoid footnotes. If present, use corresponding numbers at the end of the concept, and describe it at the end of the manuscript.

Figures and Tables
Figures and tables each should be numbered and inserted at the end of the manuscript. Each figure and table must have an accompanying legend. Also, figures should be separately uploaded as separate jpeg files and properly identified with a corresponding number (i.e., Figure1.jpg). Please indicate in the manuscript the location for placement of the figures and tables. The quality of figures must be observed for readability, clarity, and objectivity. Do not insert tables ‘as objects’ or ‘images’ within the manuscript document. Tables should be word processor constructed. Supplemental files cannot exceed 100 MB each.

Addendum or appendix
Include additional research details (description; historical remarks, formulas, methodological details) not suitable for footnotes. Hypermedia resources (audio, video, Flash animation) files can be linked to the manuscript.

Forms (mandatory information)
1. "Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest" Form
2. "Author’s agreement" Form

(Copy and paste these forms into a word document file; fill it out and collect signatures of each author. These two documents must be converted into pdf format and uploaded as a supplementary file of your submission)

1. "Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest" Form

Manuscript title: ________________________________________________________________

In accordance with the resolutions of n. 1595/2000, the Federal Council of Medicine,
n. 102/2000 of the Health Surveillance DRC and the Recommendations of the Brazilian Society of Sports Medicine, Motriz requires that all authors herein identified comply by disclosing potential conflict of interests.

 This form must be uploaded as a supplementary document of the submitted manuscript in the Motriz database.

 When potential conflict of interest exists, descriptions of type of conflict must be stated for each of the listed authors.

 The items listed below are some of the examples of conflict of interest that can be inserted in the form:

 Author:
• Participates in clinical and / or experimental study subsidized by an industry or business;
• Is a speaker at events sponsored by an industry or business;
• Is a member of a board or directors of an industry or business;
• Participates in regulatory committees of scientific studies sponsored by an industry or business;
• Receives institutional financial support of an industry or business;
• Shares stocks in an industry or business;
• Prepares/develops scientific papers for journals sponsored by industries or business.

 Note:
All authors must sign this document disclosing potential conflict of interest.
Form must be scanned and converted to a PDF file.
The document must be uploaded as supplementary file of the submitted manuscript.

 [ ] No potential conflict of interest exists for this study.

 [ ] Yes, there is a potential conflict of interest relative to this study as detailed above (please explain): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Name and signature of each author:
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________

 Lines can be added for a larger number of signatures

 Form "Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest"
Motriz. The Journal of Physical Education. UNESP - EIssn: 1980-6574
Editors-in-chief: Dr. Afonso Antonio Machado;
Dr. Paulo Barbosa de Freitas Junior;
Dr. Eliane Mauerberg-deCastro

 Department of Physical Education, Institute of Biosciences
São Paulo State University (UNESP) at Rio Claro
Av 24-A, 1515, Bela Vista, Rio Claro, State of São Paulo, Brazil (postal area code 13506-900)
Fax: 55 (019) 3534-0009
motriz@rc.unesp.br - http://www.periodicos.rc.biblioteca.unesp.br/index.php/motriz

 
2. "Author’s agreement" Form

Manuscript title:
_____________________________________________________________________

 The authors herein signed, state that:
a) This manuscript is an original work, has not been previously published nor is being simultaneously submitted elsewhere;
b) The authors agree that the manuscript will be under review for publication in Motriz;
c) The authors agree, upon invitation, to act as “ad hoc” reviewer of manuscripts submitted to this journal. Authors (and co-authors) who fail to fulfill this role will be unwelcome to submit future manuscripts. Additionally, unanswered requests or declined requests for “ad hoc” revision may result in rejection of current and future submissions. Important: Any member of the editorial board (as well as “ad hoc” reviewers) is not excused from undergoing the regular reviewing process of this Journal.
d) If the study includes participation of human beings or animals, please fill out the compliance/assessment by an ethics committee:
This study complies with the ethics committee of (state the name of the institution): _______________________________ ___________________________
Approval date: ___________________________________________________
Approval number: ____________________________________________________

 Name and signature of each author:
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________
______________________________

Lines can be added for a larger number of signatures

Form "Author’s agreement"
Motriz. The Journal of Physical Education. UNESP - EIssn: 1980-6574
Editors-in-chief: Dr. Afonso Antonio Machado;
Dr. Paulo Barbosa de Freitas Junior
Dr. Eliane Mauerberg-deCastro

Department of Physical Education, Institute of Biosciences
São Paulo State University (UNESP) at Rio Claro
Av 24-A, 1515, Bela Vista, Rio Claro, State of São Paulo, Brazil (postal area code 13506-900)
Fax: 55 (019) 3534-0009
motriz@rc.unesp.br - http://www.periodicos.rc.biblioteca.unesp.br/index.php/motriz

 

Submitting your manuscript

Online Submission Process

Authors must register before submitting their work. Registration requires enter identification details and a password to access the "author's area."

After receiving username and password in the identified e-mail, authors can proceed with the submission process, edit their professional information, and follow the submission process and access recommendations posted by the editors and/or reviewers. If manuscript is finally accepted, authors also follow the editorial process of publication of their contribution.

The author will be able to upload the manuscript, follow the review process, and maintain communication with the editorial board. The corresponding author can be the main author or co-author. The corresponding author is responsible for the manuscript submission. Manuscript and additional files must be uploaded in MSWord file.doc format. The accepted final version is published in PDF format.

Each document file is size limited to 100 MB.

All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revision, takes place by email and removes the need for a paper trail.

A brief resume or CV for each contributing author can be written online by the author (for Brazilian authors, "author's domain" CNPq Lattes CV can be used as part of the author's biography). This information is available if the manuscript is accepted for publication in Motriz.

Motriz includes two instructional videos: How to register? How to submit an article?

To access author' s account

http://www.periodicos.rc.biblioteca.unesp.br/index.php/motriz/user/register

 

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