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



Scope and policy

The Brazilian Journal of Sports Sciences (RBCE, eISSN 2179-3255), is a journal of the Brazilian College of Sports Sciences (CBCE), edited and maintained by the Graduate Program in Physical Education of the University of Brasilia (UnB) in partnership with SciELO Brazil and    GN1 Sistemas e Publicações.  It presents original investigations on current and relevant topics from profound theoretical reflection and/or rigorous empirical research. In addition, the RBCE publishes comprehensive reviews on current topics in Physical Education/Sports Sciences, which reflect the significant theoretical, methodological, disciplinary, interdisciplinary and geographical diversity of the area.
Articles from the Biodynamics subarea must be submitted in English. Articles of the Sociocultural and Pedagogical subareas can be submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
Articles that comply with the instructions to the authors will be submitted to the Editorial Committee or ad hoc reviewers. The RBCE adopts a peer-review policy, ensuring the quality of evaluation through a body of specialized reviewers, and double-blind system, ensuring the anonymity and integrity of the evaluation, since reviewers do not have access to the identity of the authors. Authors may suggest reviewers to evaluate their work, and may indicate those they would not like. The Editors-in-Chief evaluate the merit of the work and forward it to the reviewers. Accepted articles, or accepted with indication of reformulation, may return to the authors for approval of any changes inthe  publishing process.
The publication of articles in the RBCE, after approval, occurs through the association of the author(s) in the CBCE or, then, for payment of publication fee. The publication fee currently corresponds to the amount of US$ 250,00 to be paid at the time of entry of the article in the publishing phase, after approval. When the author (s) are associated with CBCE will be exempt from any fee. In articles with more than one author, the exempt is only valid if all authors are members of CBCE, with the payment on day.
The following is a scheme of the editorial flow of RBCE, presenting the main processes involving the work of the Editorial Team.

Source: Editorial Committee of RBCE.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The RBCE follows the editorial practices that encourage the recommendations of ethics in research, such as the Guide to good practices for strengthening ethics in scientific publication (SCIELO).

Sections: Submissions can be made to RBCE at any time, in a continuous demand system, and the papers must be addressed to Original Articles section: (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) will only be submitted through an induced demand. In other words, the Editorial Board will invite authors to publish in this section, encouraging the evaluation of the state of the art in different areas, themes, questions, and research techniques that make up the physical education/sports sciences. Articles improperly directed to this section will be automatically archived.

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.

The following fi les comprise the submission:

1. Authors’ term of agreement;
2. Cover Sheet;
3. Article;
4. Ethics Committee statement, if applicable;
5. Individual files for figures, and videos.

1. Authors’ term of agreement: It is a letter that must be signed by all authors, authorizing the publication of the article and stating that it is unpublished and that it was not/ is not being considered for publication by another journal. RBCE advises that only those who have actually participated in the central stages of the research should be listed as authors; for example, it is not enough to have revised the text or simply collected the data. All those listed as authors at the time of submission of the article to RBCE automatically declare responsibility according to the models below (items 1.1 and 1.2). These items should be grouped into a letter (copy both items and paste into a single PDF fi le), which should be uploaded into the system at the time of submission.

1.1. Declaration of Responsibility: “I certify that I participated sufficiently in the work to publicly accept responsibility for its content. I certify that the article is an original work and that neither this article, in part or in full, nor other work with substantially similar content of my own, has been published or is being considered for publication in another journal, whether in print or in electronic form. I certify that, if requested, I will provide or cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data on which the article is based for the editors’ examination.”

1.2. Copyright Transfer: “I declare that, if the article is accepted by the Brazilian Journal of Sports Sciences (RBCE), I agree that its copyrights shall become the exclusive property of the Brazilian College of Sports Sciences (CBCE), being forbidden any reproduction, total or partial, in any other part or means of disclosure, printed or electronic, without prior and necessary authorization; if said authorization is granted, the due acknowledgments to the CBCE and the credits to RBCE shall be stated.”

1.3. Supplementary Information: In manuscripts with 4 (four) or more authors, it is necessary to specify, in Authors' term of agreement 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." It should also be paid attention to the completion of the form available in step 04 in the submission system, Provide CRediT Contribution, which allows you to assign 14 different roles or functions performed by the co-authors  of the articles. For more information, it is suggested to access the page available in this link.

2. Cover Sheet: This document should only contain:

2.1. Title of the work;

2.2. Complete identification of all authors, containing: Email; Last academic degree; Institutional affiliation (Department or Postgraduate Program, Centeror Sector, Education or Research Institution - The affiliations must be presented in decreasing hierarchical order (e.g., University of São Paulo, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics) and in the original language of the institution, or in English if the original language does not use the Latin alphabet (e.g., Johns Hopkins University, Universidade de São Paulo, Université Paris-Sorbonne).City, state, and country;

2.3. ORCID of all authors;

2.4. Postal address and phone (only for the correspondence author);

2.5. Financial support: It is mandatory to inform, as a footnote, any and all financial assistance received for the preparation of the study, including grants, mentioning development agency, edict, and process number. This information will be published in a specific field. If the work has not received financial support, the following information must be added: “The present work did not receive financial support of any nature for its realization”.

2.6. Conflicts of interest: It is mandatory to declare the existence or absence of conflicts of interest, as a footnote. This information will be published in a specific field. In the absence of conflicts of interest, add the following information: “The authors declare to have no conflicts of interest”.

2.7. Acknowledgments: if present, they must be presented as a footnote.

3. Article:

3.1. Language: Articles in the Biodynamics sub-area must be submitted in English. Articles in the Sociocultural and Education sub-areas can be submitted in Portuguese, English, or Spanish.

3.2. Formats: The text must be saved in Microsoft Word format, without any identification of authorship. 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 article size in the Biodynamics sub-area is 25,000 characters (counting spaces and all textual elements). The maximum size of articles in the Sociocultural and Educational sub-areas is 35,000 characters (counting spaces and all textual elements). The number of characters includes all elements in the text, including tables. Titles, abstracts, keywords, footnotes, bibliographical references, and titles and sources of tables and illustrations are considered as textual elements. It is important to emphasize that, even after the editorial review process, the manuscript should remain within the maximum character limit according to the subarea.

3.3. Title of the paper: The title shall be brief and sufficiently specific and descriptive of the paper. Should be in bold, left-aligned and lower-case (initials and proper nouns in upper case).

3.4. Abstract: An informative abstract shall be elaborated including objective, methodology, results, conclusion. Abstract should have a maximum of 790 characters (with spaces).

3.5. 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:

The aforementioned information should be presented in the language in which the article will be submitted (Portuguese, English or Spanish). Subsequently, the same information should be included, with the same formatting, translated into the other languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish). It is important to note that each abstract should respect the maximum limit of 790 characters (Portuguese, English, and Spanish).

3.6. Body text: Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1.5; Citations with more than three lines, footnotes, captions and sources of illustrations, fi gures and tables, should be in size 11, single spacing. Section captions should be typed in upper case and left-aligned (not bold).

3.7. Tables and Charts: should be inserted in the body of the text and numbered in order of appearance in the text with Arabic numerals. It must be a title (before the table or chart), an explanatory caption (after the table or chart), and the sources that correspond to them. Margins and vertical lines should be avoided in the tables. Captions and sources must be formatted in Times New Roman, size 11.

3.8. Footnotes: should be only explanatory, and they must be avoided to the maximum. The notes contained in the article must be indicated in Arabic numerals and in sequence, immediately after the sentence to which it refers. These notes should appear in the footer of the corresponding page. Note: Do not insert complete references in the notes, simply list the reference in the same way as the text.

3.9. References: They should be updated containing, preferably, the most relevant papers on the topic published in the last fi ve years. It must feature only works mentioned in the text. They must be presented in the "Author-Date". Citations in the text should refer to: 1. Single author: author’s surname (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and year of publication; 2. Two authors: both authors’ surnames and year of publication; 3. Three or more authors: surname of first author followed by the expression “et al.” and year of publication. When available, the use of DOI is suggested. The list of references should be presented in alphabetical order.

If you use a reference manager (Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote) texting, you can easily install the reference style for the RBCE, available in: 

4. 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:, 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:, when involving animals. The authors must submit 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.

5. Individual files

5.1. Figures, Images, and Illustrations: When applicable, they must be numbered in order of appearance in the text with Arabic numbers. In the body of the article, it must have a title (before), an explanatory legend (after) and present the sources corresponding to them. Will be sent in individual files, separated from the main text of the article, nominated according to the order in which they are inserted in the text (e.g. Figure 1, Table 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.). Come to be in high definition (300 dpi) and in TIF format. Where applicable, they must be accompanied by specific authorization for each of them (in writing and with a recognized firm) in which it is informed that the image to be reproduced in the article has been specifically authorized for this purpose. In the case of photographs, the authorization must be made by the photographer (even when the photographer is the author of the article himself) and the people photographed. Works whose author died more than 71 years ago are already in the public domain and therefore do not need authorization. Subtitles must be in size 11, Source Times New Roman.

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.


Submission of manuscripts

Submissions to RBCE should be made at:

The submission includes sending of the following files: 1. Agreement term of authors; 2. Cover Sheet; 3. Article; 4. Ethics Committee, (if necessary); 5. Individual files of figures, images and illustrations. A video tutorial on how to make a submission to the ScholarOne system can be accessed in

For any doubts and clarifications about the RBCE article submission process, please see below the link for author's guide, e-mail and telephone for contact:

Accepted articles
The author responsible for the submission will be notified of the editorial decision and will receive instructions for payment of the publication fee. After approval, articles are published in the RBCE after the association of the author(s) to the CBCE or payment of the publication fee. The publication fee is currently US$ 250.00, to be paid upon entry of the article in the publishing phase, after approval. When the authors are associated with the CBCE, they are exempt of any fee. In articles with more than one author, the exemption is valid only if all authors are members of the CBCE and their annuity payments are up to date.

Version of the approved article in production (PDF) will be emailed to the corresponding author, or a link will be provided in the email so that the authors can download the fi les themselves and make any comments for adjustments and corrections in the version for publication. Instructions on how to annotate PDF fi les will accompany the proofs (and will also be provided online). If the authors do not want to use the PDF annotations function, they can list the corrections (including the answers to the query form) and return them to GN1 in the received e-mail indicating the corrections, mentioning the line number. This approval version is only intended to check composition, editing, completeness, and correction of text, tables, and numbers. Significant changes in the article accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with the publisher's permission.


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