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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines - Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior  


ISSN: 2446-4902 

E-mail: braz.j.motor.behavior@gmail.com  

Brazilian Society of Motor Behavior 


Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to the Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements. 


1. Scope and policy 

The Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior (BJMB) is the official publication of the Brazilian Society of Motor Behavior (Sociedade Brasileira de Comportamento Motor - SOCIBRACOM). The BJMB accepts original contributions pertaining to the multidisciplinary study of human movement throughout the lifespan, involving a broad range of topics related to the field of Motor Behavior like motor control, development and learning, movement disorders, clinical, theoretical and model studies. These articles could come from diverse disciplines such as kinesiology, biomechanics, neurophysiology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, sports performance and rehabilitation.  


The BJMB is published by using the Open Journal System technology to improve the speed, efficiency, quality, fairness and impact of scientific publishing. Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English. 


2. Types of Article 

Research articles: Original manuscripts presenting new information with methods and results presented systematically.  

It is encouraged the submission of intervention (studies that investigate the effects of one or more interventions on outcomes directly related to the motor behavior), observational (studies that investigate the relationship between variables of interest related to the motor behavior, which includes cross-sectional studies, cohort studies, and case-control studies), sports motor performance (studies that investigate the effects of motor behavior on sports performance related to individual and contextual aspects, such training, individual restrictions, biomechanics, etcand methodological (studies centered on the development of assessment tools or techniques for the measurement of motor behavior) studies. 


Systematic review articles:Reviews should be an up-to-date synthesis of well-established topics including a critical analysis of the literature used and its idiosyncratic conclusions. 

The studies that analyze and/or synthesize the literature on a topic related to the scope of the BJMB. Systematic reviews that include meta-analysis will have priority over other systematic reviews. Those that have an insufficient number of articles or articles with low quality in the Methods section and do not include an assertive and valid conclusion about the topic will not be considered for peer-review analysis. The authors must follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist to format their systematic reviews. The checklist is available at http://www.prisma-statement.org/PRISMAStatement/Default.aspx and must be filled in and submitted with the manuscript. 


Research notes: Short and insightful communications of studies systematically performed that presenting exciting new findings 

Case reports, interventions and clinical insights are welcomed. Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 2000 words, 12 references and 3 tables or figure). 


Critiques and tutorials:Comments or letters to the editor mentioning a published paper, or raising issues that are new to BJMB. In the case of letters commenting on a published paper, normally the author of that paper will be invited to comment on the letter, with both letter and comments being published in the same issue. Articles that provide special, often individual instruction in a particular area applied to motor behavior. It can be theoretical or applied, such as mathematical models, visualizations, or any new scientific method. 

BJMB accepts comments or letters to the editor mentioning a published paper, or raising issues that are new to BJBM. In the case of letters commenting on a published paper, normally the author of that paper will be invited to comment on the letter, with both letter and comments being published in the same issue. They should comprise an introductory section as above, followed by the critique or tutorial, then a Discussion section. 


3. Submitting your manuscript to BJMB  

There are maximum lengths for papers published in BJMB, and these are dependent upon the type of paper. The following list provides the total number of words a paper may include: 


a) Summary of the BJMB manuscript requirements 


Article type 


What this 
paper adds (Highlights) 

Text words 
(references not included) 



Research article 

200 words 

1 to 5 points 



No limitation 

Systematic review 

200 words 

1 to 5 points 



No limitation 

Research Note 

200 words 

1 to 5 points 




Critiques and Tutorials 

150 words 


as appropriate 

bFormatting and templates 

Papers may be submitted in any standard file format, including Word and LaTeXText should appear in 12-point Times New Roman or another common 12-point font. Use single-line spacing for all parts of the submission, and all pages and lines should be numbered consecutively 

Include tables and figure legends in your main article file, after the references.  

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other units are mentioned, please give their equivalent in SI. Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text). 

c) Subdivision - unnumbered sections  

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. Subsections should be used as much as possible when cross-referencing text: refer to the subsection by heading as opposed to simply 'the text'. 


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. 

Material and methods  

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. 


Results should be clear and concise. 


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. 


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section. 


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly, for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc. 

d) Essential title page information  

Include the title of the paper, authors names, main appointments and primary affiliations (i.e. one affiliation only per author), and word count. 

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. 

Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where appropriate, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). 

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author. 

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes. 

e) Abstract 

On the second page of research articles, a concise and factual structured abstract is required with the following headings: Background, Aim, Method, Results, and Interpretation.  The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. 

f) Keywords  

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. 

g) Highlights 

Highlights are mandatory for this journal. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings of the article and should be submitted in a separate editable file in the online submission system. Please use 'Highlights' in the file name and include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point). 

h) Acknowledgments  

Collate acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.). This section should NOT include the source(s) of funding for the research. 

i) Funding  

All sources of funding or support should be noted in the funding section of the manuscript (including grants from funding bodies, sponsorship or grants from commercial organizations, and donation of materials). During the online submission process, you will need to clarify the involvement of any funder in study design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation. 

List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements: 

Funding: This work was supported by the The São Paulo Research Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil [grant numbers xxxxyyyy]; and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological DevelopmentBrazil [grant number zzzz]. 

It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding. 

If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence: 

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

j) Footnotes  

Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors can build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Otherwise, please indicate the position of footnotes in the text and list the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list. 


Citation in text 
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list, they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. 

Reference links 
Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is highly encouraged. 

A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so you can use it as a permanent link to any electronic article. An example of a citation using DOI for an article not yet in an issue is: VanDecar J.C., Russo R.M., James D.E., Ambeh W.B., Franke M. (2003). Aseismic continuation of the Lesser Antilles slab beneath northeastern Venezuela. Journal of Geophysical Research, https://doi.org/10.1029/2001JB000884. Please note the format of such citations should be in the same style as all other references in the paper.  

Web references 
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list. 

Data references 
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article. 

References in a special issue 
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue. 

Reference style 
Text: Indicate references by (consecutive) superscript arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text. The numerals are to be used outside periods and commas, inside colons and semicolons. For further detail and examples you are referred to the AMA Manual of Style, A Guide for Authors and Editors, Tenth Edition, ISBN 0-978-0-19-517633-9.  
List: Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.  
Reference to a journal publication:  
1. Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun.2010;163:51–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.Sc.2010.00372.  
Reference to a journal publication with an article number:  
2. 1. Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 2018;19:e00205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00205. 
Reference to a book:  
3. Strunk W Jr, White EB. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. New York, NY: Longman; 2000.  
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:  

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