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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and Politics

Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte - RBME (Brazilian Journal of Sporting Medicine), the official two-monthly media of Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte (SBMEE), is found in the following databases: Web of Science (ISI), SciELO, SIBRADID, Excerpta Medica-EMBASE, Physical Education Index, LILACS and SIRC-Sportdiscus.

The BJSM adopts the rules for preparation of manuscripts of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Ann Intern Med 1997;126:36-47), available at (www.icmje.org).

PUBLICATION FEE: To ensure the feasibility and continuity of the Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte (RBME), we are informing the authors that starting with the next edition, vol. 20 no. 01- 2014, a fee will be charged for publication of articles upon their approval. After notice has been given by the editor in chief that the paper has been accepted for publication, a deposit must be made to the Associação Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte - Brazilian Corporate Taxpayer ID (CNPJ) 30.504.005-0001-12; Bradesco Bank, branch number 0449, Account: 0001353-6. Send a deposit receipt by e-mail to atharbme@uol.com.br along with the paper's protocol number (RBME 0000), the title of the article and the name of the contact/submitting author. AMOUNTS: The cost for members of the Brazilian Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine (Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina e do Exercício e do Esporte - SBMEE) is BRL 800.00 (USD 337), while for non-members it is BRL 1,000.00 (USD 420). Upon submission of the manuscript and after completing registration, the author should read and agree to the terms of originality, relevance and quality, as well as to the charging of the fee. Upon indicating agreement with these items, the manuscript will be registered in the system for evaluation.

 

Manuscript outlining and preparation

DOUBLE SUBMISSION: the articles submitted to the BJSM will be only considered for publishing under the condition of not having been published or not be under evaluation for publishing in another journal; either in its full or partial version. The BJSM will not consider for publishing articles whose data have been made available on the Internet for public access. If there is any material contained in the submitted article as figures or tables already published somewhere else, the article’s submission must be followed by a copy of the original material and written permission for the material’s reproduction.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS: the authors must make explicit any potential conflict of interests concerning the submitted article, according determination by the National Health Surveillance Agency (RDC 102/ 2000) and the Federal Board of Medicine (Resolution nº 1.595/2000). This requirement aims to inform the editors, revisors and readers about professional and/or financial relations (such as sponsors and society participation) with financial agents related to the pharmaceutical products or equipment involved in the article, which may theoretically influence on its interpretations and conclusions. The existence or absence of declared conflict will be present at the end of all published articles.

BIOETHICS OF EXPERIMENTATION ON HUMAN BEINGS: the performance of experimentation involving human beings must follow the specific resolution of the National Health Board (nº 196/96) available at (www.conselho.saude.gov.br), including the signature of a clarified consent form and the protection of privacy of the volunteers.

BIOETHICS OF EXPERIMENTATION ON ANIMALS: the performance of experimentation involving animals must follow specific resolutions (Law nº 6.638, from May 08, 1979; and Decree nº 24.645 from July 10, 1934).

CLINICAL ASSAYS: the BJSM supports the policies for record of clinical assays from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), acknowledging the importance of these actions for the record and international release of information on clinical studies, in open access. Thus, as of 2007, only the articles of clinical research which have received a number of identification in one of the Records of Clinical Assays validated by the criteria established by the WHO and ICMJE, whose addresses are available on the ICMJE site, will be accepted. The identification number must be recorded in the text of the article.

PEER REVIEW: all articles submitted will be evaluated by revisers (double-blinded) with professional experience and competence in the respective work field and who will issue a grounded opinion, which will be used by the Editors in order to decide on its acceptance. The articles’ evaluation criteria include: originality, contribution to the knowledge core of the field, methodological suitability, clarity and current relevance. Considering the increasing number of submissions to the BJSM, the articles will also be evaluated concerning their relevance to the contribution to the specific knowledge in the field. Therefore, articles with methodological suitability and respective results may not be accepted for publishing whenever considered of low relevance by the Editors. Such refusal decision will not be prone to appeal or questioning from the side of the authors. The articles accepted for publishing may suffer editorial revision in order to facilitate their clarity and understanding with no change in their content.

CORRECTION OF GRAPHIC PROOF: as soon as ready, the graphic proof in electronic format will be sent by e-mail to the author responsible for the article. The authors should return, by e-mail as well, the graphic proof with the respective corrections in as long as 48 hours after it has been received.

AUTHORS’ RIGHTS: all declarations published in the articles are of entire responsibility of the authors. However, all published material becomes the Publishing House’s property, which hence holds the copyright. Thus, no material published by the BJSM can be reproduced without written consent from the Publishing House. All authors of the articles submitted to the BJSM must sign a Transfer of Copyright Form, which will be placed in effect from the date the article has been accepted.

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION: the submitted article must be typed in double space, font Arial 12, size A4, without numbers on lines or paragraphs, and numbering the pages on the right upper corner. Figures and tables must be presented at the end of the article on separated pages. The places for insertion of tables or figures must be informed on the body of the text. In the text itself, numbers lower than 10 are written in full, while numbers higher than 10 must be written in Arabic numbers. The manuscripts which are not according to the instructions given to the authors concerning the style and formatting will be returned without revision by the Editorial Board.

FILES FORMAT: microsoft Word text editor for Windows or equivalent must be used for the text. Do not send files in PDF format. The tables and charts must be in their original files (Excel, Access, Powerpoint, etc.) The figures must be in jpg or tif format in high resolution with 300 DPIs. They must be included in the Word file, but must be also sent separately (attached during the article's submission as an extra document in their original files).

  • Title page: must contain (1) article's category; (2) original title of the article, which must be objective, but informative in Portuguese and English with up to 80 characters; (3) authors' full names; institution academic background origin doctor (the most relevant), with city, state and country; (4) name of the mailing author, with full address, phone and e-mail. The authors' degree should not be included.
  • Abstract: must contain (1) the abstract in Portuguese and English, with no more than 300 words, structured only in the original articles in order to contain introduction, aim, methods, results and conclusion.
  • Keywords: must contain from three to five keywords which are not in the article's title. It is mandatory to use in Portuguese terms based on the ones in Health Sciences (DeCS) (www.decs.bireme.br), and in English to present keywords based on the Medical Subject­Heading (MeSH), from the Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/).
  • Introduction: must contain (1) an objective justification for the study, with references concerning the subject, without an extensive review; (2) article's aim.
  • Materials and Methods: must describe the experiment (quantity and quality) and the procedures in detail which are sufficient to let other researchers reproduce the results or continue the study. They must contain (1) a clear description of the used sample; (2) a consent form for experimental studies involving human beings; (3) identification of the methods, equipment (manufacturers and address between parentheses) and used procedures sufficiently detailed, in order to enable reproduction of the results by the readers; (4) a brief description and references of published methods, but not widely known; (5) description of new or modified methods; (6) whenever relevant, to include the used statistical analysis, as well as the used programs.
  • Results: they must contain (1) presentation of the results in logical sequence, in a text format, tables and figures; avoid excessive repetition of data in tables or figures as well as in the text; (2) emphasize only important observations.
  • Discussion: must contain (1) emphasis on the original and important aspects of the study, avoiding repetitions in detail about data previously presented in the Introduction and Results; (2) relevance and limitations of the findings, contrasting with the data from the literature, including implications for future studies.
  • Conclusions: specify only the conclusions which can be supported, added to the clinical significance (avoiding excessive generalization). Come to conclusions based on the aims and hypotheses of the study. The same emphasis should be given to studies either with negative or positive results. It is possible to include recommendations, whenever relevant.
  • Acknowledgements: must contain (1) contributions which justify acknowledgements, but not authors; (2) sources of sponsorship and grants in a general way; (3) the authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from all the mentioned acknowledgements, since the readers may question these people to confirm data and conclusions.
  • References: must be numbered in the sequence they appear in the text, in superscript formatting. The references cited only in the tables or figures subtitles must be numbered according to the sequence established by the first mentioning in the table or figure in the text. The style of the references must follow the guidelines of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(1):36-47. http://www.icmje.org). Some commonest examples are shown below. For the cases not shown here, consult the reference above. The titles of the journals must be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus (List of Journals Indexed: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html). In case the journal is not part of this list, the suggested abbreviation suggested by the journal itself must be used. Avoid the use of “personal communication” or “unpublished observations” as references. A presented summary should be only used if it is the only information source.

Examples:
1) Standard article in a journal: (all authors must be listed; if the number surpasses six, place the six first ones, followed by et al.): You CH, Lee KY, Chey RY, Mrnguy R. Electrocardiographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology. 1980;79(2):311-4. Goate AM, Haynes AR, Owen MJ, Farrall M, James LA, Lai LY, et al. Predisposing locus for Alzheimer's disease on chromosome 21. Lancet. 1989;1(8634):352-5.
2) Institutional author: The Royal Marsden Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplantation Team. Failure of syngeneic bone-marrow graft without preconditioning in post-hepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet. 1977;2(8041):742-4.
3) Book with author(s) responsible for the entire content: Armour WJ, Colson JH. Sports injuries and their treatment.  2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976.
4) Book with editor(s) as author(s): Diener HC, Wilkinson M, editors. Drug-induced headache. New York: Springer-Verlag; 1988.
5) Book chapter: Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathologic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, editors. Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: Saunders; 1974. p.457-72.

TABLES: the tables must be designed in 1.5 space, and be planned to present width of one (8.7cm) or two columns (18 cm). Each table must present a short title; explanatory items must be below the table. The table must contain means and dispersion measurements (SD, SEM, etc.), and must not present irrelevant decimals. The abbreviations must be according to the ones used in the text and figures. The identification codes of the tables' items must be listed in order of appearance in the horizontal position and be identified by standard symbols.

FIGURES: black-and-white figures will be accepted. Colored images will be able to be published when they are essential to the scientific content of the article. In those cases, the cost will be delegated to the authors. Please, directly contact Atha Publishing House (atharbme@uol.com.br) for details about colored images. Colored figures will be able to be included in the electronic version of the article with no additional cost to the authors. The drawing of the figures must be consistent and as simple as possible. We request the use of shades of gray. All the lines must be solid. For bar charts, for instance, we request the use of white, black, with diagonal lines on the two directions, checked lines, horizontal and vertical lines. The BJSM strongly discourages that equipment and animal photos are forwarded. The figures must be printed with a good contrast and width of one column (8.7cm) in total. Use fonts of minimum of 10 points for letters, numbers and symbols, with suitable spacing and alignment. When the figure represents an X-ray or photograph, we suggest that the scale of the size is included whenever relevant.

TYPES OF ARTICLES

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: the BJSM accepts all kind of original research in the Medicine and Sports Medicine and Exercise Sciences fields, including research on human beings and experimental research. It must be structured with the following items: Structured Abstract; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion and Conclusions.

REVIEW ARTICLE: the review articles are usually ordered by the Editor to authors with proved experience in the field. They must express the published experience of the author and not simply reflect on a review of the literature. Review articles must approach specific themes with the aim to update the less familiarized ones with specific subjects, topics or issues in the Medicine and Sports and Exercise Sciences. The Editorial Board will evaluate the quality of the article, the relevance of the chosen topic and the proved highlighted position of the authors in the specific field approached. Inadequate status of any of the items mentioned before will lead to refusal of the article by the editors, and it will not be sent to the review process by the peers.

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW/UPDATING/META-ANALYSIS: the BJSM encourages the authors to submit systematic review of the literature articles in the Medicine and Sports and Exercise Sciences fields. The Editorial Board will evaluate the quality of the article, the relevance of the chosen topic, the search procedure, the inclusion criteria as well as the statistical procedure used. Inadequate status of any of the items mentioned before will lead to refusal of the article by the editors, and it will not be sent to the review process by the peers.

 

 

 

Manuscripts Sending

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION: all articles must be directly submitted to the site http://submission.scielo.br/index.php/rbme. In the electronic submission of the article, the authors must attach as a Annexed Document:?(1) A Form of Announcement of Potential Conflict of Interests; (2) Form of Transfer of Copyright. Submissions sent by e-mail, regular mail or any other way different from electronic submission to the site previously mentioned will not be accepted.

If you require additional clarifications, please contact Atha Comunicação e Editora - Rua: Machado Bittencourt, 190, 4º andar - Vila Mariana - São Paulo Capital CEP 04044-000 - Email: atharbme@uol.com.br – phone number 55-11-5087-9502 and speak to Fernanda Colmatti/Arthur T. Assis.

 

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