ISSN 0101-3289 printed version
ISSN 2179-3255 on-line version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and policy

The RBCE (ISSN 0101-3289; eISSN 2179-3255) publishes original articles in Portuguese, Spanish or English stemming from research involving in-depth, theoretical reflection and/or rigorous empirical investigation, as well as review articles and reviews. Although submission is free, the journal also adopts the policy of inviting renowned and consolidated researchers in the ambit of Sports Sciences/Physical Education (including from abroad) to promote their studies in its pages, and the works from abroad shall not exceed 20% of content. The RBCE has no restrictions as to submission of articles presented at scientific events (as long as submitted as per publication norms and evaluation), and it does not imply the practice of publishing scientific articles translated from foreign journals.

In relation to its evaluation policy, the RBCE has a group of proofreaders and ad hoc specialists (referees) in Physical Education/Sports Sciences and similar areas. Those manuscripts that meet author instructions are submitted, completely suppressing author identification, to the Editorial Council and ad hoc proofreaders who shall assess the work observing the peer-review system. Those studies that receive disagreeing evaluations are sent for a third opinion for tie-breaking purposes. Manuscripts that are accepted, or accepted with indications for reformulation, may return to the authors for approval of eventual changes in the publishing process. In conformity with our publishing policy, we ask proofreaders to offer detailed comments on the paper being evaluated, and whenever possible, to suggest specific changes and bibliographical references to the authors so they can improve their papers. In this sense, the intention of the evaluation process is not to restrain the authors, but rather to stimulate the production of increasingly more in-depth research and reflections in the area.

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Sections: Submissions can be made to RBCE at any time, in a continuous demand system, and the papers must be addressed to one of our three sections: Original Articles (papers from original empirical and/or theoretical research on relevant and unprecedented themes, preferably presenting the following fundamental sections – or variations thereof, in accordance with exposure of the object and results of the investigation: introduction; material and methods; results and discussion; references; conclusions; Review Articles (articles whose objective is to summarize and/or evaluate already published scientific papers, establishing temporal, thematic, disciplinary and/or geographic cutout for analyzing consulted literature) and Reviews (reviews of recently released books).

With the intent of strengthening and expanding the frontiers of research in Physical Education/Sports Sciences in Brazil and abroad, RBCE's editorial policy seeks to stimulate the publication of original and innovative articles that mirror the great diversity and theoretical, methodological, disciplinary, interdisciplinary and geographic variety of the national and international research in this field.

Papers with four or more authors: In manuscripts with 4 (four) or more authors, it is necessary to specify, in the Comments to the Editor field (in the lower corner of the page for Step 1: Begin submission, in the RBCE online platform), the individual responsibilities of all authors in its preparation in accordance with the model below: "Author X was responsible for…; Author Y was responsible for…; Author Z was responsible for…, etc."

Language: The RBCE accepts the submission of articles in Portuguese, Spanish or English, but it does not permit their simultaneous submission to other national journals, whether in full or partially.

Formats: All of the papers must be sent through the Sistema Eletrônico de Editoração de Revistas (SEER), address: http://www.rbceonline.org.br/.    The text must be saved in Microsoft Word format, without any identification of authorship. The metadata shall be obligatorily filled in with the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), institution, country, author(s) email(s). In the "Reference Summary" field – an OBLIGATORY field – the following data must be informed: highest academic degree, institution where employed, city, state and country (of all authors), mailing address, phone and fax (only of the main contact for the paper).

Size: The papers shall be typed in Word for Windows, Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing between lines of 1.5, A4 paper size, bottom, upper, right and left margins of 2.5 cm. The maximum length for papers and essays (not including the abstract) is 35,000 characters (with spaces) and for the review it is 17,000 characters (with spaces).

Title of the paper: The title shall be brief and sufficiently specific and descriptive of the paper and it shall be accompanied with its translation into English and Spanish.

Abstract: An informative abstract shall be elaborated including objective, methodology, results, conclusion and accompanied with its translation into English and Spanish. Each summary accompanying the paper shall have a maximum of 790 characters (with spaces). Characters shall be counted in accordance with Word, Tools, and the Word Count option.

Keywords: comprised of four terms that identify the paper's subject matter in Portuguese, English and Spanish, separated by a semi-colon. We recommend the use of Health Science Describers (DeCS), available at: http://decs.bvs.br

Paper presentation mode: First and subsequent pages (OBLIGATORILY adopt the following order): 1) Informative and concise Title in Portuguese (or in the language in which the paper will be submitted): capital letters, bold and centered; 2) Abstract in Portuguese (or in the language in which the paper will be submitted) with a maximum of 790 characters with spaces. It shall be inserted with an enter immediately below the title; 3) Key Words: in Portuguese (or in the language in which the paper will be submitted), up to four separate terms, separated by a semi-colon and inserted immediately below the abstract; 4) Text elements (text body, following the corresponding structure for each chosen section); 5) Title in English (centered, bold and only first letters in capital); 6) Abstract: maximum of 790 characters including spaces; 7) Keywords: four terms separated by semi-colon; 8) Title in Spanish (centered, bold and only first letters in capital); 9) Abstract: maximum of 790 characters with spaces; 10) Key words: four terms separated by a semi-colon; 12 ) References.

Footnotes: Footnotes contained in the paper must be numbered sequentially immediately after the sentence in question. The footnotes shall be at the bottom of the corresponding page. Observation: do not enter complete References in the footnotes, only as a reference in the same manner as the text. They shall be included in References at the end of the paper or review.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements may be mentioned as a footnote.

Financial Support: It is obligatory to inform in the manuscript, as a footnote, and in Step 2: Submission Metadata, in the specific Support Agency field (at the bottom corner of the submission page) all financial aid received to elaborate the paper, mentioning the support agency, edict and proceedings number. If the paper did not have any financial support, add the following information in the field indicated above as well as in the manuscript (as a footnote to the first page): This paper did not receive financial support of any nature for its elaboration.

Appendices: Appendices may be used in the case of extensive lists, statistics and other support elements.

Figures and tables: Whenever the case, illustrations and tables may be presented in the manuscript in the position the author deems most convenient. They shall be numbered, titled and have the corresponding sources. Images shall be sent in high definition (300 dpi, TIF format) and shall be accompanied by specific authorization for each (in writing and notarized) informing that the image to be reproduced in the manuscript has been specifically authorized for this purpose. In the case of photos, authorization must be provided by the photographer (even when the photographer is the author of the manuscript) and by those photographed. Works whose author died more than 71 years ago are now public domain and thus do not need authorization.

Ethics Committee: Ethical research criteria must be respected as per the terms of Resolution 196/96 and 251/97 of the Conselho Nacional de Saúde (available at: http://conselho.saude.gov.br/comissao/conep/resolucao.html), when involving experiments on human beings; and in accordance with the Principles of ethics in experiments with animals of the Colégio Brasileiro de Experimentação Animal - COBEA - (available at: http://www.cobea.org.br/etica), when involving animals. The authors shall send the notarized ruling by the Ethics Committee or a declaration that the procedures employed in the research are in agreement with the ethical principles that guide the aforementioned resolutions, as a Supplementary Document, together with the manuscript in situations that fit such cases.

Conflicts of Interest: Manuscript author(s) must declare the existence or not of any conflicts of interest. Even when considering there is no conflict of interest, the author(s) shall declare such when submitting the paper, in Step 2: Submission Metadata, in the field Conflicts of interest and in the first page of the manuscript as a footnote. Conflicts of interest can be of a personal, commercial, political, academic or financial nature, such as: be a consulting member of an institution that finances the research; participate in norm committees of scientific studies sponsored by industry; receive financial support from institutions in which the research is carried out; conflicts present within the scope of university-company cooperation; identification and contact with ad hoc consultants during the evaluation process, etc. When the authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing financial conflicts of another nature that may have influenced their work. The authors shall recognize all financial support for the study in the manuscript, and other financial or personal connections related to the research (see Financial support, above on this page). If there are no conflicts of interest, simply transcribe and add the following note to the field above and to the manuscript: There were no conflicts of interest in conducting this study. In those papers in which conflicts of interest have been declared, this information shall be kept in the publication as a footnote.

References: NBR 6023/2003. The accuracy and fitness of references to studies that have been consulted and mentioned in the text are the author's responsibility. Information stemming from personal communication, works in progress and not published must not be included in the reference list, but they can be indicated in footnotes on the page cited.

Examples of References:

 

Books with 1 author:

 

FULANO, B. Title of the publication. [only the first letter is capitalized except in cases of proper names]. Translation [if any]: First and Last Name of the translator. Edition no. City: Name of the Publisher [only the name, for example: Autores Associados], Year of the Edition. Example: MARINHO, I. P. Introdução ao estudo de filosofia da educação física e dos desportos. Brasília: Horizonte, 1984.

Books with 2 authors:

 

FULANO, B.; BELTRANO, F. Title of the publication. subtitle. City: Name of the Publisher, Year of the Edition. Example: ACCIOLY, A. R.; MARINHO, I. P. História e organização da educação física e desportos. Rio de Janeiro: Universidade do Brasil, 1956.

Books with three authors:

 

FULANO, B.; BELTRANO, F; SICRANO, A. Title of the publication. subtitle. City: Name of the Publisher, Year of the Edition. Example: REZER, R.; CARMENI, B.; DORNELLES, P. O. O fenômeno esportivo: ensaios crítico-reflexivos. 4. Ed. São Paulo: Argos, 2005.

Note:

- when there are more than three Authors/Organizers, cite the first followed by et al. Example: TANI, G. et al. Educação física escolar: fundamentos de uma abordagem desenvolvimentista. São Paulo: EPU, 1988.

- works by the same Author/Organizer published the same year are identified by adding small letters, in ascending alphabetical order. Examples:

(FULANO, Year of Editiona)

(FULANO, Year of Editionb)

 - Different Author/Organizer with the same last name shall be distinguished as follows:

(FULANO, X., Year of Edition)

(FULANO, Y., Year of Edition)

Parts of books with their own authorship:

 

FULANO, B. Title of the article/text. In: BELTRANO, F. (org.). Title of the publication: subtitle. City: Name of the Publisher, Year of the Edition. p. xx-xx. Example: GOELLNER, S. Mulher e Esporte no Brasil: fragmentos de uma história generificada. In: SIMÕES, A. C.; KNIJIK, J. D. O mundo psicossocial da mulher no esporte: comportamento, gênero, desempenho. São Paulo: Aleph, 2004. pg. 359-374.

Dissertations, theses, course conclusion studies:

 

BELTRANO, F. Title: subtitle. Year. Pagination. Type of document (dissertation, thesis, course conclusion study), degree in parentheses (Master's, PhD, Specialization in...) - academic link, place and year of defense. Example: SANTOS, F. B. Jogos intermunicipais do Rio Grande do Sul: uma análise do processo de mudanças ocorridas no período de 1999 a 2002. 2005. 400 f. Dissertation (Masters) – Physical Education Course, Department of Physical Education, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, 2005.

Congress Annals:

 

BELTRANO, F. Title of the study. In: XX Congress, Year, City. Annals… City, Name of the Publisher, Year of the Edition. Volume or no. pg. xx-xx. Example: SANTOS, F. B. Jogos intermunicipais do Rio Grande do Sul: uma análise do processo de mudanças ocorridas no período de 1999 a 2002. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE CIÊNCIAS DO ESPORTE, 14. 2005, Porto Alegre. Annals… Porto Alegre: MFPA, 2005. v. 1, pg. 236 - 240.

Journals

 

FULANO, B.; BELTRANO, F. Title of the article/text. Name of the Journal, City, v. xx, no. x, pg. xx-xx, Month - Year. Example: GOMES, I. M.; PICH, S; VAZ, A. F. Sobre algumas vicissitudes da noção de saúde na sociedade dos consumidores. GOMES, I. M.; PICH, S; VAZ, A. F. Sobre algumas vicissitudes da noção de saúde na sociedade dos consumidores. Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte, Campinas, v. 27, n. 3, pg. 137-151, May 2006.

Note: when there are more than three Authors/Organizers, cite the first followed by et al.

Newspapers:

 

FULANO, B. Title of the article/text. Name of the Newspaper, City, pg. xx, Day Month - Year. Example: SILVEIRA, J. M. F. Sonho e conquista do Brasil nos jogos olímpicos do século XX. Correio do Povo, Porto Alegre, pg. 25-27. 12 Apr. 2003.

Legislation:

 

PLACE (country, state or city). Title (specification of legislation, # and date). Indication of official publication. Example: BRASIL. Decreto n.° 60.450 [Decree # 60.450], of April 14, 1972. Regulates the practice of physical education in elementary schools. Diário Oficial [da] República Federativa do Brasil, Brasília, v.126, # 66, pg. 6056, Apr. 13. 1972. Section 1, pt. 1.

On-line electronic documents:

 

AUTHOR. Title. Location, date. Available at: <...>. Accessed on: dd mm yyyy. Example: LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ, A. Es la Educacion Física, ciencia? Revista Digital, Buenos Aires, v.9, n. 62, Jul. 2003. Available at: http://www.efdeportes.com/efd62/ciencia.htm. Accessed on: May 20, 2004.

HERNANDES, E. S. C. Efeitos de um programa de atividades físicas e educacionais para idosos sobre o desempenho em testes de atividades da vida diária. Revista Brasileira de Ciência e Movimento, Brasília, v. 2, n. 12, pg. 43-50, Jun 5. 2004. Every four months. Available at:<http://www.ucb.br/mestradoef/RBCM/12/12%20-%202/c_12_2_7.pdf> Accessed on: Jun. 5. 2004.

Recommendations: We recommend compliance with ABNT norms that refer to the presentation of articles in journal publications (NBR 6023/2003), presentation of quotes in documents (NBR 10.520/2002), presentation of originals (NBR 12256), norm for dating (NBR 5892), progressive numbering of document sections (6024/2003) and abstracts (NBR 6028/2003), and IBGE's norm for tabular presentation.

General guidelines on quotes:

Direct quotes with less than three lines are inserted in the body of the text, between quotes, with the reference as shown above.

Direct quotes with more than three lines shall be highlighted, separated from the body of text, indented from the left margin, with a smaller body (font size) and spacing (between lines) and without quotes, with the first letter capitalized, and at the end, followed by the reference as shown below.

Quotes reproducing speech or dialogue shall be highlighted, separated from the body of text, indented from the left margin, with a smaller body (font size) and spacing (between lines) and without quotes, with the first letter capitalized.

When in a quote between quotation marks there is a section also between quotation marks, the latter shall be replaced by simple quotation marks ('').

Indications of direct and indirect authorship included in the text shall be made in capital and small letters, indicating the date and pages in parentheses.

One author: According to Fulano (Year, pg. xxx).

Two Authors: According to Fulano and Sicrano (Year, pg. xxx).

Three Authors: Fulano, Sicrano and Beltrano (Year, pg. xxx).

More than three authors:   Fulano et al. (Year, pg. xxx).

Indications of authorship of direct and indirect quotes (in parentheses) shall be in capital letters, followed by the date and pages.

One author: (FULANO, Year, pg. xxx).

Two Authors: (FULANO; SICRANO, Year, pg. xxx).

Three Authors: (FULANO; SICRANO; BELTRANO, Year, pg. xxx).

More than three authors:   (FULANO et al., Year, pg. xxx).

Information about the evaluation process: Manuscripts that comply with author instructions shall be submitted to the Editorial Council or ad hoc consultants who will evaluate them observing the peer-review system. Those that receive disagreeing evaluations will be sent to a third proofreader for tie breaking purposes. Manuscripts that are accepted, or accepted with indications for reformulation, may return to the authors for approval of eventual changes in the publishing process for the number for which it was submitted or for subsequent numbers. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned unless so requested by the respective authors within six months after the submission date.

Other information: if your paper has images (figures, charts, tables, photos, etc.) or any other reproduction that it is not your property, send a Declaration that authorizes use of each image or document as a supplementary document (in writing and notarized) and in which the material to be reproduced in your paper is declared (enter the title of the paper in the referred to declaration) is released for such a purpose. Any payment that needs to be made to obtain authorization shall be made by the Author(s). if the original contains photos, the Declaration of authorization must be provided by the photographer and by the people photographed. In the case of photographs of children and youths, the Declaration must be signed by the parents or legal representatives. In some situations, there is a need to ask for authorization from heirs or those who own copyrights. The same holds true for Lyrics and Poems, because even short quotes demand authorization from the Author or the owners of the copyrights. Epigraphs follow the same rule. A quote from fiction always needs authorization, as does a text and/or image protected by legislation and obtained from web sites.

Items to Verify for Submission

As part of the submission process, authors are obliged to verify submission compliance with all items listed below. Submissions that are not in agreement with the norms shall be returned to the authors.

1. The contribution is original and unpublished and it is not being evaluated by another journal; otherwise, justify in Comments to the Editor.

2. The METADATA shall be filled in with:

Title, Abstract and Key Words in Portuguese, English and Spanish;

Name(s) of the author(s)

Highest academic degree (ONLY);

Country;

State;

City;

Institution of employment;

Mailing address (OBLIGATORY), phone/fax;

3. Files for submission are typed in Word for Windows, font: Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 1.5, A4 paper, bottom, upper, right and left margins of 2.5 cm; uses italics instead of underline (except in URL addresses); with figures and tables inserted in the text and not at the end. Have a maximum length of 35,000 characters (with spaces).

4. The BODY OF TEXT shall include:

  • Title;
  • Abstract and;
  • Key words;

*All of the above items MUST be in: Portuguese, English and Spanish

5. Neither the body of text nor footnotes shall have information/identification referring to the author(s), including any explicit reference of manuscript authorship.

*This information shall ONLY be included in the RBCE Electronic System in those parts set aside for METADATA.

6. Identification of authorship of this paper has been removed from the file and the Properties option in Word, thus guaranteeing the journal's secrecy criteria if submitted for evaluation by peers (ex.: papers), as per instructions available in Ensuring Blind Evaluation by Peers.

7. In the case of research involving human beings or animals, a notarized opinion from the Ethics Committee or a declaration that the procedures employed in the research follow the ethical principles that guide research on human beings and animals in accordance with the resolutions of the National Health Council and the Brazilian Code of Animal Experimentation was sent as a supplementary document

8. Footnotes were elaborated and information was entered in the specific fields indicating: 1) any financial aid received for elaborating the study, mentioning the support agency, edict and proceedings number; 2) the existence or not of "Conflicts of Interest", as established in the norms for submission in Guidelines for Authors.

 

Submission of manuscripts

Submissions to RBCE shall be made using the SEER platform at: http://www.rbceonline.org.br/revista/index.php?journal=RBCE

Registry in the system and subsequent access or login are obligatory for submission as well as to verify the status of submissions.

 

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