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Editorial Policies

Section Policies

Original scientific papers are the results of empirically- or theoretically-based scientific research, which employ scientific methods, and which report experimental or observational aspects of sports science and medicine, such as all clinical aspects of exercise, health, and sport; exercise physiology and biophysical investigation of sports performance; sport biomechanics; sports nutrition; rehabilitation, physiotherapy; sports psychology; sport pedagogy, sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, sport management; and all aspects of scientific support of the sports coaches from the natural, social and humanistic side. Descriptive analyses or data inferences should include rigorous methodological structure as well as sound theory. Your manuscript should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Review papers should provide concise in-depth reviews of both established and new areas, based on a critical examination of the literature, analyzing the various approaches to a specific topic in all aspects of sports science and medicine, such as all clinical aspects of exercise, health, and sport; exercise physiology and biophysical investigation of sports performance; sport biomechanics; sports nutrition; rehabilitation, physiotherapy; sports psychology; sport pedagogy, sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, sport management; and all aspects of scientific support of the sports coaches from the natural, social and humanistic side.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Editorials are written or commissioned by the editors, but suggestions for possible topics and authors are welcome. It could be peer reviewed by two reviewers who may be external or by the Editorial Board.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Short reports of experimental work, new methods, or a preliminary report can be accepted as two page papers. Your manuscript should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Peer review - fair review provides authors who feel their paper has been unfairly rejected (at any journal) the opportunity to share reviewer comments, explain their concerns, and have their paper reviewed for possible publication in MJSSM.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Invited papers and award papers include invited papers from authors with outstanding scientific credentials. Nomination of invited authors is at the discretion of the MJSSM Editorial Board. MJSSM also publishes award papers selected by the scientific committee of the International Scientific Conference on Transformation Processes in Sport.

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

An original manuscript submitted for publication will be submitted to the review process as long as it fits the following criteria:

  • The study was not previously published, nor has been submitted simultaneously for consideration of publication elsewhere;
  • All persons listed as authors approved its submission to MJSSM;
  • Any person cited as a source of personal communication has approved the quote;
  • The opinions expressed by the authors are their exclusive responsibility;
  • The author signs a formal statement that the submitted manuscript complies with the directions and guidelines of MJSSM.

The editors-in-chief and associate editors will make a preliminary analysis regarding the appropriateness, quality, originality and written style/grammar of the submitted manuscript. The editors reserve the right to request additional information, corrections, and guideline compliance before they submit the manuscript to the ad-hoc review process.

MJSSM uses ad-hoc reviewers, who volunteer to analyze the merit of the study. Typically, one or two expert reviewers are consulted in a double-blind process. Authors are notified by e-mail when their submission has been accepted (or rejected). Minor changes in the text may be made at the discretion of the editors-in-chief and/or associate editors. Changes can include spelling and grammar in the chosen language, written style, journal citations, and reference guidelines. The author is notified of changes via email. The final version is available to the author for his or her approval before it is published.

Submitted material includes:

  • A manuscript prepared according to the Guidelines for the Authors;
  • A signed form that states the study was not previously published, nor has been submitted simultaneously for consideration of publication elsewhere, that states that all of the authors are in agreement with submission of the manuscript to MJSSM, and that, for studies that use animal or human individuals, authors must include information regarding their institution’s ethics committee, and which identifies the official approval number [download];
  • A signed form that there is no conflict of interest [download].

Publisher copyright policies

Copyright of published articles are the property of MJSSM, and under no circumstance will the Journal transfer rights of published work. Reproduction of portions of published articles in other publications, or for any other use, is subject to written permission by the editors-in-chief. Reproductions of published work by MJSSM, under a maximum of 500 words, are allowed with proper citation references and quotations.

Authors partially reproducing others’ published work-whether by a different author or his or her own-exceeding 500 words, or that includes tables, figures, and other illustrations, must have written permission from the author and/or journal holding copyrights of such work. We strongly discourage authors who include multiple reproductions of published work in order to avoid perceptions of plagiarism or self-plagiarism by reviewers and the editorial board.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a “Journal Publishing Agreement”. Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An email will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a “Journal Publishing Agreement” form or a link to the online version of this agreement.

The editors of MJSSM consider plagiarism and self-plagiarism to be a serious breach of academic ethics. Any author who practices plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism (in part or totality) will be suspended for six years from submitting new submissions to MJSSM. If such a manuscript is approved and published, public exposure of the article with a printed mark (“plagiarized” or "retracted") on each page of the published file, as well as suspension for future publication for at least six years, or a period determined by the editorial board. Third party plagiarized authors or institutions will be notified, informing them about the faulty authors. Plagiarism and self-plagiarism will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript.

MJSSM only publishes studies that have been approved by an institutional ethics committee (when a study involves humans or animals). Fail to provide such information prevent its publication. To ensure these requirements, it is essential that submission documentation is complete. If you have not completed this step yet, go to MJSSM website and fill out the two required documents: Declaration of Potential Conflict of Interest and Authorship Statement. Whether or not your study uses humans or animals, these documents must be completed and signed by all authors and attached as supplementary files in the originally submitted manuscript.

Names and contact information of any contributing party will be protected and will be unavailable for any other purpose other than herein disclosed.

  • Authors can archive pre-print (i.e., pre-refereeing)
  • Authors can archive post-print (i.e., final draft post-refereeing)
  • Authors can archive publisher's version/PDF

MJSSM adopts the APA guidelines

Since January 2014, MJSSM uses the APA guidelines (American Psychological Association) (slightly modified, see also Guidelines for Authors) for writing style, references, citations, and other technical details. Some links for purchasing the APA manual and free-access APA resources.
http://www.apastyle.org/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/apa

Code of Conduct Ethics Committee of Publications

MJSSM is hosting the Code of Conduct Ethics Committee of Publications of the COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.