Guidelines Science of Gymnastics Journal (ScGYM®) is an international journal that will provide a wide range of of scientific information specific to gymnastics. The journal will publish both empirical and theoretical contributions related to gymnastics from the natural, social and human sciences. It is aimed at enhancing gymnastics knowledge (theoretical and practical) based on research and scientific methodology. We welcome articles concerned with performance analysis, judges' analysis, biomechanical analysis of gymnastics elements, medical analysis in gymnastics, pedagological analysis related to gymnastics, biographies of important gymnastics personalities and other historical analysis, social aspects of gymnastics, motor learning and motor control in gymnastics, methodology of learning gymnastics elements, etc. Manuscripts based on quality research and comprehensive research reviews will also be considered for publication. The journal welcomes papers from all types of research paradigms. The journal publishes original empirical and theoretical articles, review articles, and preliminary research reports contributing to gymnastics knowledge. Empirical papers should be written concisely using the scientific format (introduction, method (including participants, instruments and procedure), results, discussion, and references). Theoretical papers should draw on existing research literature and should critically analyse selected models and/or theories, only reporting empirical results if they are directly related to theory. A review article should critically evaluate material that has already been published. The aim of a review article is to analyse, evaluate, and synthesise current knowledge, not simply reproduce what is already known. Review articles should consist of the following sections: problem definition, summary of previous research, explanation of subject matter, contradictions, problems and suggestions for further research. Preliminary research reports should present the findings of empirical research that is still in progress, and should be written using the same format as the Empirical Papers described at the beginning of this section; however, these reports should be shorter in length than a standard paper. Reports on professional practice should demonstrate academic rigour, preferably through analysis of program effectiveness, elaborating on mere description of practice. Submission of a manuscript implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language.
Submission of Articles:
Authors are requested to submit article via ScholarOne system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgj
General Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation:
Manuscripts should be prepared following the general style guidelines set out in the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (5th Edition, 2001). The editors reserve the right to make any final adjustments to the manuscript to ensure consistency within the journal. Each manuscript, meeting the technical standards and falling within the aims and scope of the journal will be subject to double-blind review by two independent reviewers. Authors should retain a copy of their manuscript as we cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of papers.
Although there is no manuscript word limit, authors are encouraged to write concisely (prefered up to 12 pages).
The cover page should contain the manuscript title and running head in English and the author's first language. The running head is an abbreviated title printed at the top of each page of the manuscript and should be a maximum of 50 characters, including letters, punctuation, and spaces. The corresponding author should be identified (include telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address). Co-authors full name, affiliated institution, and postal address must be provided. The cover page shall include the following statement: "The undersigned Authors transfer the ownership of copyright to the journal Science of Gymnastics, should their work be published. We declare that the article is original, has not been submitted for publication in other journals and has not already been published. We also declare that the research reported in the paper was undertaken in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration and the International Principles governing research on animals." The cover page must be signed by the first author. Prepared cover pages are available and can be sent on request.
The cover page should contain the article abstract, written in English and the author's first language. The abstract should not exceed 200 words and should include an introduction, problem statement, methods, results, and conclusions. Authors are requested to supply a maximum of eight key words describing the content of the manuscript.
Manuscripts should adhere to the guidelines set out in the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (5th Edition, 2001). Empirical paper should include the following sections: introduction, method (including participants, instruments and procedures), results, discussion, and references.
Abstract should consist of 200-250 words. Abstract should include short background, aim of the study, methods, the most important results and conclusions.
State the purpose of the paper, the reasons for the research, and (briefly) any relevant findings from previous studies.
Give a detailed account of how the study was conducted. The participants, phenomena, or objects under observation should be described in detail (Participants). Any instrument, measurement tools, or apparatus used in the study should be explained. The procedures (Procedures) should be described in sufficient detail that other researchers could replicate the study if so desired.
Use tables and illustrations sparingly, using them only to qualify any statements made in the text. Use graphs as an alternative to tables, ensuring that information is not duplicated. Define any statistical terms, abbreviations and symbols. Units should be reported using the international metric system, using decimal points, not commas. Results should be presented in a logical order. Do not repeat results from tables or illustrations in the text, present only important findings.
The aim of the discussion section is to evaluate and interpret the implications of the results, particularly with regards to the original hypothesis. Discuss the implications of the findings for future research and practice, and highlight an methodological limitations of the study.Compare your work with previous research, highlighting ways in which your study adds to current knowledge. Any conclusions made should be supported by what was found in your study.
On using an abbreviation for the first time, display the full word or phrase in brackets. Following this, the abbreviation alone is adequate. Avoid using abbreviations in titles and abstracts. Standard measurement units are an exception to this rule.
All statements, findings or thoughts that are not your own should be supported by references. Referencing should adhere to the APA 5th Edition guidelines (see: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition, 2001; see also: http://www.apastyle.org). APA uses the author-date format to cite references in text, e.g. (Cuk, 2008) or (Cuk and McMinn, 2008) or (Cuk, McMinn, and Forbes, 2008). Avoid & and replace it with "and".
Illustrations (photographs, sketches, schemata, algorithms and other graphical material) should be provided in camera-ready form, suitable for reproduction (which may include reduction) without retouching. Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Figure(s)" and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to. Figures should accompany the manuscript, but should not be included within the text. All illustrations should be prepared using computer software, each printed on a separate page. Figures should be saved in a standard graphics format (JPG, PDF, GIF, TIF). Make clear in the manuscript text where each figure should appear. Illustrations should be clearly marked on the back with the figure number and the author's name. All figures are to have a caption. Captions should be supplied on a separate sheet or written on the back of the illustration. Each illustration should have a number and a title. Legends should appear at the foot of the illustration. If illustrations contain symbols, arrows, numbers or letters, these should be explained in the legend. Line drawings should be supplied on good quality white paper using black ink. Lettering, graph lines and markings on graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to allow for clear reproduction diagrams are resized for inclusion in the journal. Illustrations, drawings, and photographs should be original, as photocopies are difficult to reproduce to a good standard. Diagrams (e.g. from Excel) should be included into text. Figures should adhere to the APA 5th Edition guidelines (see: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition, 2001; see also: http://www.apastyle.org).
Tables should be numbered consecutively and given a suitable caption. No vertical rules should be used. Tables should be included within the text. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g. in graphs). All the necessary explanations and a legend of the abbreviations have to be provided. Tables should adhere to the APA 5th Edition guidelines (see: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition, 2001; see also: http://www.apastyle.org).
Equations should be simplified where possible and checked carefully for accuracy. Place short and simple equations in the text, ensuring that they do not project above or below the line. When reporting complex equations, start with a new line with double space above and below the equation. Number equations consecutively, with the number in brackets near the right margin of the page. Where it is not suitable to include complete equations in the text, the author should send the complete equation to the referees in a separate written communication. When special characters are used, and there may be ambiguity as to there meaning, there should be an explanation in an accompanying note in the margin.
All manuscripts, written according to the above instructions will be evaluated via blind review by at least two referees. The referees are chosen by the editor based on the content of the article. Referee's assessments will be presented anonymously to the author and, in the case of substantial reservations, the article will be returned to the author for correction. After corrections have been made, the author will send the Board corrected copy of the article. The Editorial Board guaranties confidentiality during the reviewing and publication process. The submitted material and floppy disks will not be returned. The authors (contact persons) of the accepted articles will be informed when their article will be published.