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Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.

Author Guidelines

ISSN: 2446-4902 

E-mail: [email protected] 

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to the Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior (BJMB). 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 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 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. There is NO charge or fees to submit nor to publish in BJMB.

2. Types of Article

Research articles:  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 this section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 3500 words, 25 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures). 

Systematic review and meta-analysis 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. 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 this section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 4500 words, 80 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures). All titles should include ‘a Systematic Review’ or ‘a Meta-Analysis’ or ‘a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’.

Mini-review articles:  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 this section must be in the appropriate format (maximum of 2500 words, 30 references and 3 tables or figures). All titles should include ‘Mini-Review: title of article’.

Scoping review articles:  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 this 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’.

Infographic: 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 theoretical perspective or intervention effects in the motor behavior area would be provided in this section. An infographic should be a quick, easy to use and enjoyable publication that helps 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 wants them to be useful to readers in summarising recommendations or theoretical concepts.

The BJMB accepts two types of infographics:

  1. Theory perspective: these pieces present a visual explanation of a theoretical 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;
  2. 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 a contextual presentation of the article issue, mechanisms and practical recommendations, highlighting the key messages. The pieces should base on two or three systematic reviews or meta-analyses of the matter.

Articles for this 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 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 following 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 words12 references and 3 tables or figures). 

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.

Critiques articles:  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). 

Tutorials articles: 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, 30 references and no limitation in the number of tables or figures). 

 

3. Submitting your manuscript to BJMB  

The manuscript submitted will be accompanied by a cover letter, which should be signed by all authors and include the following statements: (i) request for consideration of the manuscript; (ii) title of the article (concise but informative); (iii) authorship of the work (the authors’ e-mails must be included as well as each author’s work center); (iv) identification of the corresponding author; (v), thematic adequacy to the journal; (vi) its novelties and original contributions; (vii) declaration of not being simultaneously submitted to other journals; (viii) information about grants, aid or financial support (when applicable); (viiii) acceptance of changes by the journal. Sending original manuscripts to the journal has no cost to authors. The journal will not charge any amount for the revision, layout and publication of the scientific article. Also, the authors must submit the Authorization letter during the submission process.

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: 

Article type

Abstract

Highlights

Text words 
(references not included)

References

Figures/ 
tables

Research article

250 words

1 to 5 points

3500

25

No limitation

Systematic review

250 words

1 to 5 points

4500

80

No limitation

Scoping review

250 words

1 to 5 points

4000

60

3

Mini review

250 words

1 to 5 points

3000

40

3

Research Note

250 words

1 to 5 points

2000

12

3

Current opinion

4 sentences

None

800 (including tables)

10

No limitation

Infographic

None

None

400 (accompanying text)

5

1 infographic(portrait orientation preferred)

Image word count: 250 words

Critiques

None

None

1000

5

No recommended

Tutorials

250 words

None

6000

30

No limitation

 

b) Formatting and templates

Papers must be submitted in PDF file format. Text 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. 

The authors must submit the following files: cover letter, authorization letter, title page and main document (including highlights after abstract, when necessary, and tables and figures after the references with legends).

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. 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 (section suggestion: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion). Each section and subsection are given a brief heading on its own separate line. Subsections should be used as much as possible.

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. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names, including the country name, the e-mail address of each author and ORCID (if available). Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address.

- Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. 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.

- Acknowledgments: List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g. providing language help, writing assistance or proofreading the article, etc.). This section should NOT include the source(s) of funding for the research.

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

This work was supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil [grant number zzzz].

e) Abstract

On the first page of articles (except for Current Opinion, Infographic and Critiques), a concise and factual structured abstract is required with the following headings: Background, Aim, Method, Results, and Interpretation. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.

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.

g) Highlights

Highlights are mandatory for this journal (except for Current Opinion, Infographic, Critiques and Tutorials). They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings of the article.  They include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point). They should be submitted on a separate page after the abstract in the main document.

h) References

Reference management software: BJMB recommendS the authors to use reference management software, such as Mendeley or Endnote. Using citation plug-ins from these products, authors only need to select or download the BJMB template (Mendeley: https://csl.mendeley.com/styles/18029341/BJMotorBeh; Endnote: https://endnote.com/downloads/styles) when preparing their article, after which citations and bibliographies will be automatically formatted in the journal's style. If you prefer not to use the template, please follow the format of the sample references and citations as shown in this Guide. If you use reference management software, please ensure that you remove all field codes before submitting the electronic manuscript.

Reference style:

- Text: Indicate references by (consecutive) superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text(separated by comma). The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Example: '..... as demonstrated 3,6. Silva 8 obtained a different result ....'
- List: Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. 

Examples: 
Reference to a journal publication: 

  1. Campbell JL, Pedersen OK. The varieties of capitalism and hybrid success. Comp Polit Stud. 2007;40(3):307–32. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0010414006286542
  2. Barbieri FA, Polastri PF, Gobbi LTB, Simieli L, Pereira VIA, Baptista AM, et al. Obstacle circumvention and eye coordination during walking to least and most affected side in people with Parkinson’s disease. Behav Brain Res. 2018;346:105–14. 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.11.032
  3. 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 chapter in an edited book: 

  1. Mares I. Firms and the welfare state: When, why, and how does social policy matter to employers? In: Hall PA, Soskice D, editors. Varieties of capitalism The institutional foundations of comparative advantage. New York: Oxford University Press; 2001. p. 184–213.

Reference to a book: 

  1. Dunnett N, Kingsbury N. Planting green roofs and living walls. 2nd ed. Portland, OR: Timber Press; 2008. 328 p.

Reference to a newspaper: 

  1. Foderaro LW. Rooftop greenhouse will boost city farming. New York Times. 2012;A20.

Reference to a thesis or dissertation: 

  1. Hancké B, Rhodes M, Thatcher M, editors. Beyond varieties of capitalism: conflict, contradiction, and complementarities in the European economy. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press; 2007. 438 p.

Reference to a website:

  1. CSL search by example. Citation Style Editor. http://editor.citationstyles.org/searchByExample/

Journal abbreviations source 
Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations.

i) Electronic artwork 

General points: Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork. Embed the used fonts if the application provides that option. Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Times New Roman or use fonts that look similar. Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text. Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files. Provide captions to illustrations separately. Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the printed version. Submit each illustration as a separate page after references. COLOR IMAGES ARE ENCOURAGED.

Formats: If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply 'as is' in the native document format. Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'Save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats:

EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.

TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.

TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi.

TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.

Please do not: Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors; Supply files that are too low in resolution; Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Figure captions: Provide captions to each illustration separately, not attached to the figure. All captions should be placed in a list at the end of the main document.

Tables: Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables might include titles, description, footnotes. Tables might be placed on separate page(s) after references and labeled consecutively. The captions should accompany the tables.

j) Supplementary material 

Supplementary material such as applications, images, and sound clips can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received (Excel or PowerPoint files will appear as such online). Please submit your material together with the article and supply a concise, descriptive caption for each supplementary file. If you wish to make changes to supplementary material during any stage of the process, please make sure to provide an updated file. Do not annotate any corrections on a previous version. Please switch off the 'Track Changes' option in Microsoft Office files as these will appear in the published version. SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS ARE ENCOURAGED.

 

4. Ethical responsibilities

All authors must read and adhere to BJMB's Code of Ethics before submitting their papers. The editorial staff of the BJMB is responsible for and must remind its collaborators of the following aspects:

1) When experiments that have been performed on human beings are described, an indication must be given as to whether the procedures followed are in agreement with the ethical standards of the responsible human experimentation committee (institutional or regional) and with the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki, revised in 2000. No names, initials, or numbers of hospitals must be used, above all in the figures. When experiments on animals are described, an indication must be given as to whether the guidelines of an international research council or institution or national law that regulates the care and use of laboratory animals have been followed.

2) Have publication permission from the institution that has funded the research.

3) The journal does not accept previously published material (except when it originates from theses or dissertations). Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary authorizations to partially reproduce material (text, tables, or figures) from other publications and for correctly citing their origin.

a) Ethical approval: Authors of research articles should demonstrate that the research has been approved by a named research ethics committee, that the committee recommendations have been adhered to, and that written informed consent for participation and publication has been obtained.
Please include a statement in the text of your paper to indicate that ethical approval has been given and give the name of the body (research ethics committee, institutional review board, etc.) that approved the study. If the institution’s research ethics committee did not consider that their approval was needed, this should be stated in the text. The manuscripts may follow the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (https://publicationethics.org).

b) Consent: Please indicate in the text that participants or their caregivers gave informed consent to the research and the publication of the results.
If recognizable photographs or verbal descriptions of an individual are used in an article, written consent from the appropriate person(s) for publication must be submitted to and kept by the author. All case reports and clinical photographs require consent. Names, initials, or any other means of identification should not be shown on any photograph.

Conflict of interest: The journal expects authors to declare any commercial association that might represent a conflict of interest in relation to the article submitted.

Authorship: Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any change (addition, deletion, or rearrangement) of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author the reason for the change in the author list and written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal, or rearrangement.

In general, to appear as an author, the following requirements must be satisfied: have participated in the design and execution of the work that has resulted in the article in question; have participated in drafting text and in possible reviews of the same; have approved the version that is finally going to be published. You can also use the CRediT taxonomy (https://credit.niso.org/), which includes 14 categories of roles that can be played in the elaboration of a scientific article.

The Journal declines any responsibility with respect to possible conflicts derived from the authorship of the works that are published in the Journal.

Duplicate publication: Authors should declare that the submitted work and its essential substance have not previously been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must not be submitted simultaneously to another journal. All suspected cases of multiple submissions or redundant publications will be subject to investigation.

 

5. Author rights and Licensing

After approval of the article for publication, 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 authors grant BJMB a non-exclusive license to use the paper in the following ways: (1) sell and distribute the paper in hard copies or electronic format; (2) distribute the paper to promote the journal through the internet and other digital and printed media and; (3) record and reproduce the work in any format, including digital media.

 

6. After acceptance

a) Proofs: All manuscripts will undergo some editorial modification, so it is important to check proofs carefully. The corresponding author will be sent an email asking them to check their proofs.

To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours. The preferred method of correction is by commented changes. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor.

b) All accepted manuscripts will be published in the online version of an issue. When an accepted paper has been copy-edited, approved by the authors, and is ready for publication, it will normally be posted online on the journal's website.

 

7. Data Availability

To maintain the integrity, transparency, and reproducibility of research records, authors are encouraged to make their experimental and research data openly available either by depositing it into data repositories or by publishing the data and files as supplementary information in this journal.

Research Articles

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 articles

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’.

Infographic

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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). 

Critiques articles

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). 

Tutorials articles

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.

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