Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- Manuscripts in English. All documents must be in PDF file format.
- Use Endnote or Mendeley to the Bibliographic References or adapt the style and format according to BJMB guidelines.
- Fully read and adhere to the terms of BJMB's Code of Ethics.
- Submit all mandatory documents according to the type of article.
Original manuscripts presenting new information that contributes to the scientific fields covered in the BJMB with methods and results presented systematically. Typically, Research Articles will present new data derived from a sizable series of subjects or patients.
The BJMB encourages the submission of the following types of study:
- Intervention: studies that investigate the effects of one or more interventions on outcomes directly related to motor behavior;
- Observational: studies that investigate the relationship between variables of interest related to 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 as training, individual restrictions, biomechanics, etc.;
- Methodological: studies centered on the development of assessment tools or techniques for the measurement of motor behavior.
Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 3500 words, 25 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures).
Current Opinion articles
Current Opinion articles: These editorially reviewed pieces aim to provide a perspective on a current relevant, important, and perhaps controversial issue within the scope of BJMB. One-piece appears in each issue of BJMB. Section editors solicit pieces from an individual or a small group of experts in a study area. Researchers around the world can also submit a piece uninvited. Each piece starts with a brief historical perspective. Then, the authors discuss current findings that are new, highly relevant issues to the scope of the BJMB, perhaps controversial. The piece ends with a perspective on future research to advance the topic discussed.
Pieces of current relevant, important, and perhaps controversial issues are welcomed. Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 800 words, including tables but excluding references, figures and figure captions, and 10 references). Each piece starts with a 4-sentence-long abstract: 1) Background, 2) view of the past, 3) current state, and 4) future perspective. Each piece ends with 3-5 keywords.
Systematic review and meta-analysis articles
Systematic review and meta-analysis articles should be an up-to-date synthesis of well-established topics including a critical analysis of the literature used and its idiosyncratic conclusions. We are looking for experts to synthesize the literature and to comment on the outcomes of the review in a meaningful relevant way.
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 literature search should have been completed within 12 months of manuscript submission. 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. A completed PRISMA checklist and flow diagram should accompany the submission. It is recommended to registry the systematic review in the PROSPERO (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/ ) or other registration data basis. Also, it is recommended a critical appraisal through the risk of bias assessment.
Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 4500 words, 80 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figure). All titles should include ‘a Systematic Review’ or ‘a Meta-Analysis’ or ‘a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’.
Scoping review articles
Scoping review are welcome to the BJMB. Researchers may conduct scoping reviews instead of systematic reviews where the purpose of the review is to identify knowledge gaps, scope a body of literature, clarify concepts or to investigate research conduct. It is an ideal tool to determine the scope or coverage of a body of literature on a given topic and give clear indication of the volume of literature and studies available as well as an overview (broad or detailed) of its focus. Scoping review should not be confused with traditional literature reviews that summarize various publications or research on a particular topic for many years with subjective analysis and without present an unbiased, exhaustive and systematic summary of a topic.
The purposes for conducting a scoping review are to identify the types of available evidence in a given field, to clarify key concepts/ definitions in the literature, to examine how research is conducted on a certain topic or field, to identify key characteristics or factors related to a concept, as a precursor to a systematic review and to identify and analyze knowledge gaps. The scoping review might require rigorous and transparent methods in their conduct, similarly to systematic review, to ensure that the results are trustworthy. Those that have an insufficient number of articles or articles with low quality in the Methods section will not be considered for peer-review analysis. The literature search should have been completed within 12 months of manuscript submission. The authors must follow the PRISMA checklist to format their scoping reviews (http://www.prisma-statement.org/Extensions/ScopingReviews). Also, it is recommended a critical appraisal through the risk of bias assessment.
Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 4000 words, 60 references and 3 tables or figures). All titles should include ‘a Scoping Review’.
Mini-reviews should cover an important topic in motor behavior, in a way that will inform readers, including readers not familiar with the topic. Mini reviews are meant to be short, punchy, and interesting. Manuscripts should provide an up-to-date and authoritative review and synthesis of existing literature. Authors should clearly outline in their cover letter why a mini review is appropriate rather than a systematic review. Mini-review should not be confused with traditional literature reviews that summarize various publications or research on a particular topic for many years with subjective analysis and without present an unbiased, exhaustive and systematic summary of a topic.
The studies that analyze and/or synthesize the literature on a topic related to the scope of the BJMB. Given the constraints on the length of the mini-review article, it does not have to be comprehensive or encyclopedic, but they do need to present a topic in a way that accurately reflects the literature and is balanced, interesting and credible.
Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 2500 words, 40 references and 3 tables or figures). All titles should include ‘Mini-Review: title of article’.
This type of article is a new initiative at the BJMB. It A carefully selected information from a systematic review or meta-analysis article, highlighting the key messages, or a visual and easy explanation of a theory perspective or intervention effects in the motor behavior area would be provide in this section. An infographic should be a quick, easy to use and enjoyable publication that help us to remember the information they contain. An infographic is a visual representation of information, data or knowledge, presented clearly, with meaning and context, direct to your audience to increase their interest. Ideally, the infographic should not be just a visual list or a collection of stats. It should stand alone, whereby the audience does not have to have read the paper to understand the infographic. It should not be dependent on the paper but be an introduction to the article. The BJMB want them to be useful to readers in summarising recommendations or theorical concepts.
The BJMB accepts two types of infographic:
- a) theory perspective: these pieces present a visual explanation of a theory perspective in motor behavior. They might provide theory acknowledge to facilitate the understanding of models, theory frameworks, concepts, principles, approaches, etc related to motor learning, development or control areas. It should provide a visual material to be included in the classes of motor behavior, learning, development or control disciplines;
- b) article infographic: these pieces present visually interventions effects (learning process, motor training, etc) on motor learning, development and control reviewed systematically by reviews and/or meta-analysis. They might provide contextual presentation of the article issue, mechanisms and practical recommendations, highlighting the key messages. The pieces should base in two or three systematic review or meta-analysis of the matter.
Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (1 infographic, portrait orientation preferred, up to 250 words in image word count, up to 400 words in the accompanying text, and 5 references). All titles should include ‘Infographic: title of article’. The pieces are reviewed by the BJMB editors and with some the peer reviewers before publication. Also, typically, the article infographic will be reviewed by the authors of the systematic review or meta-analysis to guarantee that they are accurate representations of the article.
At the time of going to press, we make every effort to ensure that the information held in them is up-to-date. However, because of their innovative nature, we add disclaimers to them, to remind our readers that the information contained should be treated with the same caution as written articles. We recommended to follow the suggestion of Scott H, Fawkner S, Oliver CW, et al How to make an engaging infographic? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:1183-1184. (https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/16/1183) to prepare your infographic.
Research Notes articles
Short and insightful communications of studies systematically performed presenting exciting new findings. Research notes may represent either a final report on definitive studies which do not require a larger space for complete documentation, or a preliminary report on new observation of sufficient significance to warrant rapid publication. Research notes presenting up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a particular individual (case studies), usually describing new or uncommon conditions that could serve to enhance science knowledge in a specific area are also considered.
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 figures).
Comments to the Editor on an article published recently in the journal or raising issues that are new to motor behavior area. In the case of letters commenting on a published paper, normally the author of that paper will be invited to comment/reply on the letter, with both letter and comments being published in the same issue. Comments raising problems of general interest, hot topics, novel perspective or briefly comment any aspect of motor behavior will also be considered.
Critiques articles should comprise an introductory section as above, followed by the critique or a novel perspective, then a Discussion section. Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 1000 words, 5 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures).
Articles that provide special, often individual, instruction in a particular area applied to motor behavior. These pieces provide novel and original insight and reflection on the use of one or several methods of modeling, design, analysis, or synthesis in an accessible format that can be used for guided or self-instruction in the motor behavior area. It can be a theoretical or applied article, such as mathematical models, data analysis, visualizations, guidelines, laboratory practice, consensus statements, equipment development and validation or any new scientific method.
They should comprise an introductory section as above, followed by the critique or tutorial, then a Discussion section. Articles for that section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 6000 words, 30references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures).
Special issue: The role of practice in motor learning
The Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior (BJMB) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Brazilian Society of Motor Behavior (Sociedade Brasileira de Comportamento Motor - SOCIBRACOM). The BJMB accepts original contributions encompassing the multidisciplinary study of human movement throughout 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.
In this special issue, we invite papers related to THE ROLE OF PRACTICE IN MOTOR LEARNING. Papers that provide comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of motor learning theories and processes (cognitive, perceptual and motor mechanisms) emphasizing how different levels of analysis are changed during practice, leading to acquisition of new motor skills.
Authors must declare that the work submitted is their own and that copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication. If the manuscript includes work previously published elsewhere, it is the author(s) responsibility to obtain permission to use it and to indicate that such permission has been granted.
Authors retain the copyright of their paper and grant the Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior (BJMB) the right to first publish the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND). This license allows users to share the paper given the appropriate credit to the author and source and does not allow commercial uses and derivative materials to be produced.
The names and e-mail addresses included in this journal will be exclusively used for the purposes established therein and will not be provided to third parties or to be used for other purposes.