Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts
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Note. Significant 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.

  Sincerely,Editorial Board

"Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts”
This information was included in issue 2/2012.



"Journal of 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 signifies that:

            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.


Received manuscripts 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.

Manuscripts are 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 authorship

Ghostwriting and guest authorship are examples of scientific misconduct. Any
identified cases will be disclosed, including notification of appropriate bodies or
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 permission.



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.



Manuscripts submitted 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 (training) articles.

            Historical articles.

The articles accepted for publication will appear in one of the following sections:

            Humanities and Sport

            Physiology and Sport Training

            Sport Medicine

            Health Education and Movement Therapy

            Leisure and Recreation




Preparing the 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 formatting.


Title page

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

            information about the contribution of individual authors ( A - Study Design; B - Data Collection; C - Statistical Analysis; D - 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 any



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:

Background (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 article.

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.

When circumstances 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.

Background (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 the text.

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 avoided.

Acknowledgements list 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 and acknowledged.

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. [5]. 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 list

            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 standard

            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 Internet references.


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, Switzerland; 1991.

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 Delta; 1999.

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.

Photomicrographs 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.

Legends for 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.

Measurements of 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.

Abbreviations and 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.

JCSMA accepts submission by e-mail. All submissions should be sent to with a CC to with the “Confirm receipt” option on.

JCSMA accept articles by registering on the website
The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter signed if possible by all the authors. This letter should include:

1)            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;

2)            a statement of financial relationships (including information on grants, for example, with the source and number);

3)            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;

4)            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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