GENERAL INFORMATION RULES FOR REVIEW AND
ACCEPTANCE OF MANUSCRIPTS, INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
changes in the Editorial Policy, which will be introduced from 2013.
The changes will apply
to include forms for submission of entries (only in electronic record-authors
of the work yourself, through the Publishing Control Panel available on the
website of the magazine), as well as the introduction of fees for publication.
Due to the rising
costs of publishing, higher and higher outlays incurred by the publisher in
connection with the development and maintenance of the "active" web
site, etc., we are forced to introduce a fee for the publication of each
article in the amount of PLN 200 (+ VAT) = 70 EURO – regardless of the volume of work.
and Martial Arts”
EDITORIAL POLICY AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Combat Sports and Martial Arts (JCSMA)" – is a pre-reviewed journal
featuring original scientific
articles based on
original research, as well as review and opinion articles. The subject matter
of the articles published in JCSMA covers a wide spectrum of issues connected
with physical culture, physical education, health sciences, human physiology,
sports medicine, sports and recreation, theory of sport, public health. The
Advisory Board includes specialists from many countries, representing various
specialties, guaranteeing the high scientific level of the published articles.
JCSMA is published twice a year. The editors accept articles in English, with
abstracts and key words.
The editors will
accept only those works which are acknowledged by the reviewers and the editors
to be thematically appropriate works making an original contribution to progress
in science and/or educational or training practice, or to have educational
(training) value. The signature of the first author on the letter of submission
the submitted manuscript is the
authors' own work;
the research results have not been
published or submitted for publication elsewhere;
all the authors named on the title
page have consented to the submission of this work for publication in JCSMA.
are first examined by the JCSMA editors. Manuscripts considered manifestly
unsuitable for publication in JCSMA are returned to the author without further
review. Manuscripts that are incomplete or not prepared in accordance with the
Instructions for Authors (see below) will also be returned, though in such a case
they may be resubmitted when corrected. The registered manuscripts are sent to
two qualified reviewers for scientific evaluation. The evaluation process
should not take longer than 3 months, but the editors cannot guarantee an
editorial decision within any established deadline.
accepted unconditionally if both reviewers agree that the work can be published
in its present form. If the reviewers disagree or feel that the manuscript
should be accepted subject to specific corrections, the editors may decide to
send the work to another reviewer or return it to the author for correction.
The ultimate decision
to accept for publication, accept subject to correction, or reject a work is
the prerogative of the editors and cannot be appealed. The editors are not
obliged to justify their decision.
In view of the fact
that all correspondence with the authors is conducted exclusively by e-mail,
the first author's e-mail address is absolutely necessary.
Ghostwriting and guest
Ghostwriting and guest
authorship are examples of scientific misconduct. Any
identified cases will be disclosed, including notification of appropriate
institutions (authors' home institutions, scientific societies, associations of
academic editors, etc.).
Materials taken from
other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from the first author
and the publisher of the original publication giving permission for
reproduction in JCSMA. Permission should be obtained in writing from at least
one author of papers still in press, and from the source of any unpublished
data or personal communications used in the article.
Upon acceptance of a
manuscript for publication, the authors transfer copyright to the MEDSPORTPRESS
Publishing House (Warsaw).
Once an article is accepted for publication in JCSMA, the information it
contains cannot be revealed in the public media until the publication date of
the issue in which the article appears.
Upon acceptance all
published manuscripts become permanent property of MEDSPORTPRESS, the
Publishers of JCSMA and may not be published elsewhere without their written
Every effort is made
by the Publishers and Editorial Board to see that no inaccurate or misleading
data, opinions or statements appear in JCSMA. Nevertheless, the substantive
contents of articles and advertisements remain the sole responsibility of the
author, sponsor, or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, neither the Publishers
nor the Editorial Board accept any liability whatsoever for the consequences of
any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.
CATEGORIES OF ARTICLES
for possible publication should be clearly identified as being intended for
publication in one of the following categories:
Original articles: reports of
previously unpublished results from scientific experiments conducted by the
authors in order to confirm or refute a clearly identified hypothesis. Most of
the articles published in a given issue will belong to this category.
Review articles: reports on the
current state of knowledge in a given area or field of study, especially
current controversies, theoretical and practical approaches to the issues,
unresolved problems, etc., with carefully selected references to the
literature. Such articles are typically commissioned by the editors of JCSMA,
though an unsolicited review article may be accepted if it is exceptionally
interesting and carefully prepared.
Short reports: brief descriptions of
selected educational solutions to particular problems; possibly also new
discoveries not yet confirmed.
Opinion articles: authorial
discussions of important issues, controversies, and schools of thought in the
area of physical education, sport training, physiotherapy; also, educational
The articles accepted
for publication will appear in one of the following sections:
Humanities and Sport
Physiology and Sport Training
Health Education and Movement
Leisure and Recreation
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
manuscript for submission
We accept articles in English. The text should
be prepared in MS WORD file. The length of a complete article (including
figures and tables) should not exceed 10 standard pages, i.e. ten pages of 1800
characters per page (30 lines of 60 characters). Text should be one and half
spaced, in times New Roman, 12-point typeface. Margins: 2.5 cm (1 inch) at top, bottom,
right, and left. The editors reserve the right to edit the article for
The manuscript should
have a title page containing the following information:
the full name of each author
(without academic titles)
the organizational affiliation of
each author (workplace)
the full title of the article
in the case of titles containing
more than 10 words, a running title (an abbreviated title)
3-6 key words in English, selected
in accordance with the MeSH system
about the contribution of
individual authors (
B - Data Collection;
C - Statistical Analysis;
- Manuscript Preparation;
E - Funds Collection
the first author's full name,
address, telephone and/or fax number, and e-mail address if available, for
purposes of correspondence
the sources of any material or
financial support, in form of grants, subventions, major donations, etc., if
The abstract should be
in structured form, not exceeding 250 words, and should consist of four
paragraphs of 1-3 sentences each, labelled as follows:
(Introduction): the purpose of the article or research, the primary thesis.
Material and methods:
a brief description of the research; in the case of a review or opinion
article, a characterization of the literature; for a case study, a brief
description of the patient; the main parameters measured, etc.
Results: the most
significant results achieved.
Conclusions: the most
important 1-2 conclusions derived by the authors from the research presented in
The preceding structure
does not apply in detail to review or an opinion articles.
Structure of the text
The text of the
article should be divided into six sections labeled as follows: Background
(Introduction), Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References.
Before References, if appropriate, the authors may insert Acknowledgements; an
Appendix may be attached at the end, if needed. Each section should be clearly
designated by a title in boldface.
require, depending on the contents and nature of the article, a different
structure may be used, provided, however, that the structure of the article is
clear, transparent and self-consistent. The editors reserve the right to return
a manuscript to its authors for correction of structure.
(Introduction) should give the scientific rationale for researching the given
topic, the primary issues and controversies, an explanation of the aim of the
study and the primary thesis.
Material and methods
should contain essential information regarding how the experiment or research
was conducted, including the essential characteristics of the experimental and
control groups (age, gender), inclusion and exclusion criteria, and the
randomization and masking (blinding) method used. The protocol of data
acquisition, procedures, investigated parameters, methods of measurements and
apparatus should be described in sufficient detail to allow other scientists to
reproduce the results. In the case of published methods, the names with
appropriate references should be given. References and a brief description
should be provided for methods that have been published but are not well known,
whereas new or substantially modified methods should be described in detail.
The rationale for using such new or unknown methods should be discussed, along
with a balanced evaluation of these methods, not omitting their limitations.
The statistical methods should be described in detail to enable verification of
the reported results.
Results concisely and
reasonably summarize the findings in form of text, tables and figures arranged
in a logical and internally self-consistent manner. The number of tables and
figures should be limited to those absolutely needed to confirm or refute the
thesis. Data given in graphs and tables should not be automatically repeated in
Discussion should deal
only with new and/or important aspects of the results obtained, without
repeating in detail data or other material previously presented in Background
or Results. The Discussion should focus on the theoretical implications and/or
practical consequences of the findings, including suggestions for further
research. The Discussion should compare the results of the present study to
those obtained by other researchers mentioned in the text.
Conclusions must be
linked with the goals of the study. New hypotheses with recommendations for
further research should be advanced only when fully warranted and explicitly
justified. Recommendations may be included when appropriate. Unqualified
statements and conclusions not supported by the data obtained should be
all those who have contributed to the research but do not meet the criteria for
authorship, such as assistants, technicians, or department heads who provided
only general support. Financial and other material support should be disclosed
References, chosen for
their importance and accessibility, are numbered consecutively in the order of
their occurrence in the text. References first cited in tables or figure
legends must be numbered in such a way as to maintain numerical sequence with
the references cited in the text, by Arabic numerals in square brackets, e.g.
. The style of references is that of Index Medicus (Vancouver). When an
article has six or fewer authors, all should be listed; when there are seven or
more, only the first three are listed, followed by "et al."
All references should
the surnames of the six first
authors of the cited work and their first name's initials,
the complete title,
the place of edition
the publishing house and year of
publication, cited pages
titles of periodicals should be
given in quotation marks, including the number of volume, year and page number
of any article quoted. Double quotation marks should be used as a rule. The
abbreviations of the journal's title should be used according to the Medline
in the case of the paragraph, the
paragraph title, name of the editor, the book title, place of edition, the
publishing house, year of publication and cited pages,
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
number if exists,
date of access in the case of
Mines AH. Respiratory
physiology. New York:
Raven Press; 1993.
Merode de A, editor.
Foods, nutrition and sports performance. An International scientific consensus
conference. 4th-5th February 1991, Lausanne,
Wilmore JH, Costill
DL. Age and sex considerations in sport and exercise. In: Wilmore JH, Costill
DL, editors. Physiology of Sport and Exercise. 3th ed. Champaign IL:
Human Kinetics; 2004, 512-537.
Allgrove JE, Gomes E,
Hough J, Gleeson M. The effects of exercise intensity on salivary antimicrobial
proteins and markers of stress in active men. J. Sports Sci. 2008;26:653-661.
The genuine language
of the reference should be preserved along with the translation into English in
square brackets, e.g.:
Hoffman K. Jazda konna
dla początkujących [In Polish] [Horse riding for beginners]. Warszawa: OW
Tables are numbered
consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text, with a brief
title. A short or abbreviated heading should be used for each column. The
arrangement of the table should be as simple as possible, without adding
unnecessary horizontal or vertical subdivisions. Explanations, including the
clarification of non-standard abbreviations, should be provided in footnotes
under the table, and not in the table itself. The footnotes should be numbered
independently for each table. Each table should be printed (not photographed)
on a separate sheet of paper. Care should be taken that every table included
with the manuscript is in fact mentioned in the text. The statistical measures
of variations should be identified, such as standard deviation and standard
error of the mean. If the data appearing in a table comes from another
published or unpublished source, permission to reprint should be obtained and
the appropriate reference provided.
Figures should be
professionally prepared; freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. JCSMA
accepts sharp, glossy black-and-white photos, usually 127x173 mm (5x7 in) but
no larger than 203x254 mm (8x10 in). Original drawings, and other original
unprocessed materials will not be accepted. Letters, numbers, and symbols
should be clear and even throughout and of sufficient size as to remain legible
when reduced for printing. Titles and detailed explanations should be given in
the legends, not on the illustrations themselves. Each figure should have a
label pasted on its back giving the number of the figure and the author's name,
and indicating the top and bottom of the figure. The editors cannot accept
photographs or illustrations with visible writing, scratching or marring caused
by staples or paperclips, or cardboard mounting.
Figures should be
numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are first cited in
the text. If a figure has been previously published, the original source must
be acknowledged and a written permission should be obtained from the copyright
holder to reproduce the material, except for documents in the public domain.
Photographs may be
color or black & white glossy prints, with numbers and descriptions on the
back, giving the title of the manuscript, the authors, the number of the
photograph and its legend. JCSMA prints black-and-white photographs as standard
practice; color photographs may be printed if the author is willing to
participate in bearing the additional costs entailed.
should have internal scale markers. The symbols, arrows, or letters used in
photomicrographs should contrast with the background. If photographs of people
are used, either the identity should be masked or written permission should be
obtained to use the photograph.
illustrations should be printed on a separate page, doubled-spaced with Arabic
numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or
letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, each element should be
clearly identified and explained in the legend. The internal scale and staining
method used in photographs should be specified.
length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter,
kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in
degrees Celsius. Blood pressures should be given in millimeters of mercury.
symbols are acceptable only when standard. Abbreviations should not be used in
the title or abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should
precede its first use in the text, unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
A text may be accepted
if processed with the use of a standard text editor MS WORD. The use of
standard 12-point fonts is advised. Tables, figures, drawings and photographs
may be processed using any mode and software (preferably *.txt, *.doc, *. xls).
Graphic images (*. jpg ) should be send in separate files.
SENDING THE ARTICLE TO JCSMA
JCSMA accepts submission by e-mail. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a CC to email@example.com
with the “Confirm receipt” option on.
JCSMA accept articles by registering on the website www.combatsports.edu.pl
The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter signed if possible by all the authors. This letter should include:
a declaration pertaining to the
status of the work, including the fact that it has not been previously published,
or that parts have been published elsewhere, according to the instructions
given earlier in this document;
a statement of financial
relationships (including information on grants, for example, with the source
a declaration that the manuscript has
been read and approved of by all the authors, that the requirements for
authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met, and that each
author believes the manuscript represents the honest work of all the authors
named on the title page;
the name, address, and telephone
number of the primary author, who is responsible for communicating with the
other authors about revisions and final correction of proofs.
The letter should give
any additional information that may be helpful to the editor, such as whether
the author would be willing to meet the cost of reproducing color
illustrations. The manuscript must also be accompanied by copies of any
required permissions to reproduce published material, to use illustrations or
report information about identifiable people, or to name people for their
contributions. The editors of JCSMA consider these conditions to have been met
if the first author has signed the manuscript.
The editors of JCSMA consider these conditions to have been met if all authors has signed cover letter of the manuscript.
If the Cover Letter is not submitted, the contribution cannot be published in JCSMA.
In order to expedite editorial work, authors are advised to send a copy of the Statement by e-mail (e.g. as a PDF file or a scan of the original).
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