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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and Politics

Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte -RBME (Brazilian Journal of Sporting Medicine), the official publication of the Brazilian Society of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SBMEE - Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina do Exercício e do Esporte), is a bimonthly publication with six editions during the year (Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep/Oct, and Nov/Dec). The RBME is listed in the following databases: SciELO, Web of Science, Excerpta Medica-EMBASE, Physical Education Index, LILACS, SIRC-Sportdiscus, and Scopus.

The publication adheres fully to international standards set out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), known as the Vancouver style, and its criteria of uniformity. [http://www.icmje.org/]

Publication Fee
To allow for the sustainability and continuity of the RBME, we inform authors that starting in January 2014 a publication fee was instituted for articles. Authors are responsible for paying a fee to publish accepted articles, which will be charged to authors when their respective works are approved. Following the acceptance of the manuscript and notification by the editor-in-chief, authors should make a deposit in the name of the Brazilian Association of Sports Medicine (Associação Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte) CNPJ (Corporate Taxpayer's ID) 30.504.005-0001-12, Bradesco Bank agency 0449, account number 0001353-6. A copy of the deposit receipt should be sent to the e-mail atharbme@uol.com.br and include the work protocol number (RBME-0000), the article title, and the name of the article’s author(s).
Costs: For members of the SBMEE, the fee is R$800.00 (US$ 337), and for non-members the fee is R$1,000.00 (US$420). Upon submitting the manuscript and filling out the registration form, the author should read and agree to the terms of original authorship, relevance, and quality, as well as to the charging of the fee. Upon indicating agreement with these terms, the manuscript will be registered on the system for evaluation.

Instructions for sending manuscripts
All articles should be submitted directly on the site http://submission.scielo.br/index.php/rbme. As part of the electronic submittal of the article, authors should attach the following supplementary documents: (1) Term of Disclosure of Possible Conflicts of Interests; (2) Term of Transfer of Copyrights. Article submission will not be accepted via e-mail, post mail, or any means other than electronic submissions via the abovementioned website.

Article formatting
Recommendations for articles submitted to the RBME.

Type of Article

Abstract

Number of Words**

References

Figures

Tables

Original

Structured – maximum of 300 words

2,500

30

10

6

Review*/ Systematic Review / Meta-analysis

Unstructured – maximum of 300 words

4,000

60

3

2

Update

Unstructured – maximum of 300 words

4,000

60

3

2

*At the request of Editors; ** Excluding abstract, references, tables, and figures.

 

Manuscript outlining and preparation

Double submission
Articles submitted to the RBME will be considered for publication only under the condition that they have not been previously published and are not under evaluation for publication in another periodical, in part or in whole. The RBME will not consider articles for publication whose data have been published on the internet for public access. If a submitted article includes material in figures or tables already published in another location, the submission of the article must be accompanied by a copy of the original material and written permission to re-publish the material.

Conflict of interests
Authors should make explicit any potential conflict of interests related to the submitted article, in accordance with rules of the National Health Surveillance Agency (RDC 102/2000) and the Federal Board of Medicine (Resolution n. 1595/2000). This is required to notify editors, copyeditors, and readers about professional and/or financial relationships (such as sponsorship and corporate affiliations) with financial agents related to pharmaceutical products or equipment involved in the article, which could theoretically influence interpretations and conclusions in said article. The declaration of conflict of interest will be published at the end of every article.

Bioethics of experimentation on human beings
The performance of experiments involving human beings must comply with specific resolutions by the National Health Board (n. 196/96), available at http://www.conselho.saude.gov.br, including the signing of a Clarified Consent Form and the protection of the privacy of participants.

Bioethics of experimentation on animals
The performance of experiments involving animals must comply with specific resolutions (Law n. 6638 from May 8, 1979, and Decree n. 24645 from July 10, 1934).

Clinical trials
The RBME supports the policies for registering clinical trials stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international dissemination of information about open-access clinical trials. Therefore, articles will only be accepted for publication if clinical trials have received an identification number from one of the Clinical Trial Registries validated by criteria established by the WHO and ICMJE [http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/clinical-trials-registration/], whose e-mail addresses are available on the ICMJE website. The identification number should be reported in the text of the article.

Peer-review
All submitted articles will be evaluated by reviewers (using a double blind procedure) with professional experience and competence in the respective subject areas of the articles, and who will issue evaluations that will be utilized by editors to decide whether to accept the article. Criteria for evaluating the articles include: originality, relevant contribution to the field, suitable methodology, clarity, and timely relevance. Because of the growing number of submissions to the RBME, articles will also be evaluated in regard to their relevance and contribution to specific knowledge in the field. Therefore, articles with suitable methodology and relevant results may not be accepted for publication if they are deemed to be of little relevance by editors. These decisions to decline an article are not subject to appeal or challenge by the authors. Articles accepted for publication may undergo editorial changes to facilitate clarity and understanding - without, however, altering their content.

Correction of printer’s proofs
As soon as they are ready, printer’s proofs will be sent in electronic format to the author’s e-mail. Authors should return, also via e-mail, the printer’s proofs with necessary corrections within at most 48 hours of their receipt. This measure aims to speed up the process of reviewing and publishing the article.

Copyrights
All statements made in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. However, all published articles become the property of the publisher, who assumes all copyrights. Therefore, none of the articles published in the RBME can be commercialized without the written permission of the publisher. All authors of articles submitted to the RBME should sign a Transfer of Copyright Form, which goes into effect upon the date of the article’s acceptance.

Preparation of manuscripts
Submitted articles should be typed using 12-point Arial font, double-spaced, on A4 paper, without paragraph or line numbers, and with page numbers in the upper right corner. Figures and tables should be provided at the end of the article on separate pages. The body of the text should indicate the locations where the tables or figures should be inserted. Numbers smaller than 10 should be written out in full, while numbers equal to or larger than 10 should be written using Arabic numerals. Manuscripts that do not comply with instructions regarding style and format will be returned without review by the Editorial Board.

Measures should be expressed in the International System (SI), available at http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units, and use standard units, where applicable. Authors are urged not to use abbreviations in the title and limit their use in the abstract and in the text. Generic names should be used for all drugs. Pharmaceutical medication can be referred to using their commercial names, but the manufacturer’s name, city, and country, or e-mail address, must be included in parentheses in the Materials and Methods section.

Abbreviations
The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Abbreviations should be defined upon their first use in the abstract as well as in the text. Non-standard abbreviations should not be used, unless they appear at least three times in the text.

Measurement units (3ml or 3mL, instead of 3 milliliters) and standard scientific symbols (chemical elements, for example Na, instead of sodium) are not considered abbreviations, and therefore should not be defined. Abbreviate long names or chemical substances and terms utilized for therapeutic combinations. Abbreviations in figures and tables may be used because of space limitations, but these should be defined in the caption, even if they have already been defined in the article text.

Author identification
The ORCID number (Open Researcher and Contributor ID, http://orcid.org/) of each author should be noted in the declaration of author contribution, according to the model below.

Declaration of author contribution
The author contribution declaration should be included at the end of the article, utilizing two minimal criteria for authorship, including:

  • Substantial contribution in the conception or design of the study, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the study;
  • Writing or critically reviewing the article and its intellectual content;
  • Final approval of the version of the manuscript to be published;
  • Agreeing to take responsibility for all aspects of the study, in the sense of guaranteeing that any issues related to the integrity or precision of any portion of the study were duly studied and resolved;

All articles should include a description of authors’ contributions, according to this model:
“Each author contributed individually and significantly to the development of this article. MJ (0000-0000-0000-0000)*: writing of the article, reviewing and carrying out of surgeries; CPV (0000-0002-3904-283x)*: surgeries, data analysis, and writing of articles; JVC  (0000-0000-0000-0000)*: statistical analysis, surgeries and revision of article; OMA (0000-0000-0000-0000)*: analysis of slides and revision of article; MASP (0000-0000-0000-0000)*: writing and revision of article as well as all of the intellectual content of the article; ACA (0000-0001-6891-5935)*: surgery, revision of article, statistical analysis and intellectual concept of article and elaboration of the entire research project. * ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number.”

Format of files
Use Microsoft Word text editor for Windows, or an equivalent. Documents should not be send in PDF format. Tables and graphs should be in their original file format (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.). Figures should be in the .jpg or .tif format, and in a high resolution (300 dpi). Figures should be included in the Word file, but also should be sent separately (attached during the article’s submission as a supplementary document together with original files).

Title page
The title page should include (1) the article’s category; (2) the title of the article, which should be objective and informative, in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, up to 80 character long; (3) the complete names of the authors, their institutional affiliations, most relevant academic degrees, city, state, and country; and (4) the name of the corresponding author, with complete address, telephone number, and e-mail. The author’s titles should not be included. The complete name of each author (without abbreviations) and their institutional affiliations (note: hierarchical institutions should be presented in descending order, e.g., university, college or institute, and department) should be noted. The names of institutions and programs should preferably be presented in full and in the institution’s original language, or in English when not written using the Roman alphabet (e.g., Arabic, Mandarin, or Greek);

Abstract
The abstract in Portuguese, English, and Spanish should be included with the manuscript. Each version of the abstract should contain no more than 300 words. A structured version is mandatory in original articles, and includes objectives, methods, results, and conclusion. Review articles do not require a structured abstract.

Keywords
The article should include at least three and at most six keywords, in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, based on the Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS) http://decs.bvs.br/, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the National Library of Medicine, available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html, or based on the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/).

Introduction
The introduction should include: (1) an objective justification for the study, with pertinent references to the subject, without need of an extensive review; (2) the article’s objectives.

Materials and Methods
This section should describe the experiments (quantitatively and qualitatively) and the procedures with sufficient details to allow other researchers to reproduce the results or give continuity to the study, and should contain: (1) a clear description of the sample used; (2) consent form for experimental studies involving human beings; (3) identification of methods, instruments (name of manufacturer with address, city, and country noted in parentheses), and procedures utilized; (4) brief description and references to methods that have been published but are not widely known; (5) detailed description of new or modified methods; and (6) when pertinent, include a statistical analysis and programs utilized.

Important: When describing experiments with human beings or animals, indicate whether the proceedings complied with norms stipulated by the Ethical Committee for Human Experiments of the institution where the study was carried out, and whether proceedings comply with the 1995 Helsinki declaration and the Animal Experimentation Ethics, respectively. Authors should include a declaration that the protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of the institution (with which at least one of the authors is affiliated), with the respective identification number. The authors should also confirm that the Free and Informed Consent Form was signed by all participants.

Results
Present the results in a logical sequence in the text, using tables and figures. Avoid excessive repetition of data in the text, tables, or figures, however, emphasizing merely the most important discoveries.

Discussion
Emphasize the original and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that are its outcome, avoiding the repetition of data already presented in other sections of the manuscript. In experimental studies, highlight the relevance and limitations of the results, contrasting them with the data from the literature and including implications for future studies.

Conclusions
The conclusion should be clear and concise, based on the obtained results and establishing a connection with clinical implications, avoiding, however, excessive generalizations. The same emphasis should be given to studies with negative or positive results. Recommendations may be included when relevant.

Acknowledgments
When pertinent, include acknowledgments of people who have contributed to the development of the study but who do not qualify as co-authors. Sources of financing such as research support or study grants should be recognized in this section. Authors should obtain written permission to include the names and institutions of everyone who is named in the acknowledgments.

References
References should be numbered according to the sequence in which they appear in the text, in superscript format. The references cited only in the captions of tables or figures should be numbered according to the sequence established by the first mention of the table or figure in the text. The style of bibliographic references should follow rules established in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - Ann Intern Med1997;126(1):36-47, available at http://www.icmje.org). Some examples are shown below. The titles of periodicals should be abbreviated in accordance with the Index Medicus (List of Journals Indexed – available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html). If the periodical is not included in this list, abbreviations should follow suggestions provided by the periodical itself. References such as “personal communication” or “unpublished observations” should be avoided. Summaries of studies presented at events should be use only if they serve as the only source of information.
Examples:

  • Standard periodical article

All authors should be listed, up to six. In the case of more authors, include the first six, 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.

  • 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 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.

6) Electronic material
Author(s). Title of article. Abbreviated title of periodical [support]. Publication date [Date of access, with the phrase “accessed on”]; volume (number):initial page-final page [or approximate number of pages]. Web address with the phrase “Available at:” Example: Pavezi N, Flores D, Perez CB. Proposição de um conjunto de metadados para descrição de arquivos fotográficos considerando a Nobrade e a Sepiades. Transinf. [Internet]. 2009 [accessed on 2010 Nov 8]; 21(3):197-205. Available at: http://periodicos.puc-campinas.edu.br/seer/index.php/transinfo/article/view/501

Tables
Tables should be constructed using 1.5 line spacing and sized so as to have a width of one (8.7 cm) or two (18 cm) columns. Each table should include a succinct title. Explanatory notes should be included in footnotes. The table should contain means and dispersion measures (standard deviation, standard error of the mean, etc.), and should not contain irrelevant decimal places. Abbreviations should be in accordance with those used in the text and in the figures. Codes to identify items in the table should be listed in the order they appear along the horizontal position and should be identified by standard symbols. Graphs and tables should be sent in their original editable files (Word, Excel) and not as images.

Figures
The printed edition of the RBME accepts black-and-white figures. Colored images can be published when essential for the scientific content of the article. In these cases, the additional cost will be passed on to the authors. Color figures can be included in the electronic version of the article without additional cost to the authors. Drawings and figures should be consistent and as simple as possible, yet informative. Grayscale should not be used. All lines should be solid. For bar graphs, for example, use bars that are white, black, with diagonal lines in both directions, hatched lines, horizontal lines, and vertical lines. The RBME strongly advises against using photographs with equipment and animals utilized in the experiment. Figures should be printed with adequate contrast and be the width of one column (8.7 cm). Use font size 10 or larger for letters, numbers, and symbols, with adequate spacing and alignment. When the figure provided is an x-ray or photograph, we suggest including a scale when pertinent.

Please note that it is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission from copyright holders to reproduce figures (or tables) that have been previously published in other sources. According to open source principles, the authors should get permission from the copyright holders should they wish to include images that were published in other periodicals that are not open-access. This authorization should be included in the caption for the figure, and the original source should be included in the list of references.

Types of articles

Original article
The RBME accepts all types of original research in the areas of Exercise and Sports Medicine and Sciences, including studies with human beings and experimental research. The article should contain the following items: structured abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions.

Review articles
Review articles are usually requested by the editor of authors with proven experience in the field. These should reflect the experience of the author and not simply reflect a review of the literature. Review articles should approach specific themes with the aim of updating less familiarized readers with specific subjects, topics, or issues in the areas of Exercise and Sports Medicine and Sciences. The Editorial Board will evaluate the quality of the article, the relevance of the chosen topic, and the attested standing of authors in the specific field of study. Inadequacy in any of the aforementioned items will lead to the refusal of the article by editors, and it will not be sent on to the peer review process.

Systematic review/updating/meta-analysis
The RBME encourages authors to submit articles that provide a systematic review of literature in the areas of Exercise and Sports Medicine and Sciences. The Editorial Board will evaluate the quality of the article, the relevance of the chosen theme, the procedure for bibliographic searches, the criteria for inclusion of articles, and the statistic procedures utilized. Inadequacy in any of the aforementioned items will lead to the refusal of the article by editors, and it will not be sent on to the peer review process

 

Manuscripts Sending

Starting in January 2008, the RBME adopted the SciELO System for online publication and submission, available at http://submission.scielo.br/index.php/aob/index. Authors should follow instructions to register and upload articles on the system.

In case you require additional clarifications, please get in touch with Atha Comunicação e Editora.  Rua Machado Bittencourt, 190, 4º andar - Vila Mariana, 04044-000 São Paulo, SP, Brasil.  atharbme@uol.com.br  Telephone +55 11 5087 9502 with Ana Carolina de Assis/Arthur T. Assis.

 

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