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A Journal on Sports Medicine

Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation, Official Journal of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations
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pISSN 0025-7826

eISSN 1827-1863



The journal Medicina dello Sport, official journal of the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI), is an external peer-reviewed scientific journal, publishes scientific papers on sports medicine. Manuscripts are expected to comply with the instructions to authors which conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Editors by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org). Articles not conforming to international standards will not be considered for acceptance.
Submission of manuscripts
Papers should be submitted in either English or Italian directly to the online Editorial Office at the Edizioni Minerva Medica website: http://www.minervamedicaonlinesubmission.it
Authors are requested to choose a corresponding author delegated to communicate with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review and publication process. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will not be returned by the publishers. All papers undergo an anonymous process of evaluation. Reviewers are asked to return the paper to the Editor, with comments, within one month.
Duplicate or multiple publication
Submission of the manuscript means that the paper is original and has not yet been totally or partially published, is not currently under evaluation elsewhere, and, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere either wholly or in part.
Splitting the data concerning one study in more than one publication could be acceptable if authors justify the choice with good reasons both in the cover letter and in the manuscript. Authors should state what new scientific contribution is contained in their manuscript compared to any previously published article derived from the same study. Relevant previously published articles should be included in the cover letter of the currently submitted article.
Permissions to reproduce previously published material
Material (such as illustrations) taken from other publications must be accompanied by the publisher’s permission.
The Authors agree to transfer the ownership of copyright to Medicina dello Sport in the event the manuscript is published.
All articles dealing with original human data must include a statement on ethics approval at the beginning of the methods section, clearly indicating that the study has been approved by the ethics committee. The journal adheres to the principles set forth in the Helsinki Declaration (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html) and states that all reported research concerning human beings should be conducted in accordance with such principles.
Patient consent
Authors should include at the beginning of the methods section of their manuscript a statement clearly indicating that patients have given their informed consent for participation in the research study.
Every precaution must be taken to protect the privacy of patients. Authors should obtain permission from the patients for the publication of photographs or other material that might identify them. If necessary a copy of such permission may be requested.
Conflicts of interest
Authors must disclose possible conflicts of interest including financial agreements or consultant relationships with organizations involved in the research. All conflicts of interest must be declared both in the authors’ statement form and in the manuscript file. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript.
Authorship and contributorship
All persons and organizations that have participated to the study must be listed in the byline of the article (authors) or in the notes (contributors). The manuscript should be approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as, by the responsible authorities of the institution where the work was carried out. Authors and contributors must meet the criteria for authorship and contributorship established by the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Editors by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Journal Article Publishing Agreement
Papers must be accompanied by the Journal Article Publishing Agreement relative to copyright, permitted uses, originality, authorship and author contribution, institutional research ethics committee approval, patient consent, data availability and conflicts of interest, signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors.
The Publisher, Editors, and Editorial Board cannot be held responsible for the opinions and contents of publications contained in this journal.
The authors implicitly agree to their paper being peer-reviewed. All manuscripts will be reviewed by Editorial Board members who reserve the right to reject the manuscript without entering the review process in the case that the topic, the format or ethical aspects are inappropriate. Once accepted, all manuscripts are subjected to copy editing. If modifications to the manuscript are requested, the corresponding author should send to the online Editorial Office the revised manuscript under two separate files, one file containing the revised clean version and another containing both a letter with point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ comments and the revised version with corrections highlighted.
Correction of proofs should be limited to typographical errors. Substantial changes in content (changes of title and authorship, new results and corrected values, changes in figures and tables) are subject to editorial review. Changes that do not conform to the journal’s style are not accepted. Corrected proofs must be sent back within 3 working days to the online Editorial Office of Medicina dello Sport. In case of delay, the editorial staff of the journal may correct the proofs on the basis of the original manuscript.
If the first author is a member of the FMSI, no contribution will be due for printing costs and the author will receive a complimentary copy of the paper as a PDF file. For authors who are not FMSI members, printed pages will be charged at Euro 40,00 per page. In either case, colour figures, linguistic revision, and excessive alterations to proofs will be charged to the authors. Authors will receive instructions of how to order reprints and a copy of the manuscript in PDF.
For further information about publication terms please contact the Editorial Office of Medicina dello Sport, Edizioni Minerva Medica, Corso Bramante 83-85, 10126 Torino, Italy - Phone +39-011-678282 - Fax +39-011-674502
E-mail: journals2.dept@minervamedica.it.
Instructions for the most frequent types of articles submitted to the journal.
Editorials. Commissioned by the Editor in Chief, editorials deal with a subject of topical interest about which the author expresses his/her personal opinion. The text must not be subdivided. No more than 1000 words (3 typed, double-spaced pages) and up to 15 references will be accepted.
Original articles. These should be original contributions to the subject. The text should be no more than 5500 words (up to 16 typed, double-spaced pages) not including references, tables, figures. No more than 50 references will be accepted. The article must be subdivided into the following sections: introduction, materials (patients) and methods, results, discussion, conclusions. The introduction should describe the theoretical background, the aim of the study and the hypothesis to be tested. The materials and methods section should describe in a logical sequence how the study was designed and carried out, how the data were analyzed (what hypothesis was tested, what type of study was carried out, how randomization was done, how the subjects were recruited and chosen, provide accurate details of the main features of treatment, of the materials used, of drug dosages, of unusual equipments, of the statistical method ...). In the results section the answers to the questions posed in the introduction should be given. The results should be reported fully, clearly and concisely supported, if necessary, by figures, graphs and tables. The discussion section should sum up the main results, critically analyze the methods used, compare the results obtained with other published data and discuss the implications of the results. The conclusions should briefly sum up the significance of the study and its future implications. For randomised controlled trials it is suggested to the authors to conform the structure of their paper to the checklist requirements of the following guidelines reported by the CONSORT statement: http://www.consort-statement.org.
Review articles. These articles are commissioned by the Editor in Chief. They should discuss a topic of current interest, outline current knowledge of the subject, analyze different opinions regarding the problem discussed, be up-to-date on the latest data in the literature. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses must be subdivided into the following sections: introduction, evidence acquisition, evidence synthesis, conclusions. For systematic reviews and meta-analyses it is suggested to the authors to conform the structure of their paper to the checklist requirements of the following guidelines reported by the PRISMA statement: http://www.prisma-statement.org. The text should be no more than 12000 words (up to 34 typed, double-spaced pages) not including references, tables, figures. No more than 100 references will be accepted.
Case reports. These give a description of particularly interesting cases. The text should be no more than 3000 words (up to 8 typed, double-spaced pages) not including references, tables, figures. No more than 30 references will be accepted. The article must be subdivided into the following sections: introduction, case report or clinical series, discussion, conclusions. It is suggested to the authors to conform the structure of their paper to the checklist requirements of the following guidelines reported by the CARE statement: http://www.care-statement.org.
Forum. These are articles on the history of sports medicine, health care delivery, ethics, economic policy and law. The text should be no more than 7000 words (up to 20 typed, double-spaced pages) not including references, tables, figures. No more than 50 references will be accepted.
Letters to the Editor. These may refer to articles already published in the journal or to particularly interesting observations or scientific data that the authors wish to present to readers in a concise form. The text must not be subdivided and should be 500-1000 words (up to 3 typed, double-spaced pages) not including references, tables, figures. No more than 5 references will be accepted.
Guidelines. These are documents drawn up by special committees or authoritative sources.
The number of figures and tables should be appropriate for the type and length of the paper.
Text file
Manuscripts must be drafted according to the template for each type of paper (editorial, original article, review, case report, forum, letter to the Editor, guidelines).
The formats accepted are Word (.DOC and .DOCX) and RTF. The text file must contain title, authors’ details, abstract, key words, text, references, notes, tables and titles of tables and figures. Figures should be submitted as separate files. The file should not contain active hyperlinks.
Title and authors’ details
Short title, with no abbreviations. First name in full, middle name’s initial, surname of the authors. Collective name, if any, as last author. Corresponding author marked with an asterisk. Affiliation (section, department and institution) of each author. Name, address, e-mail of the corresponding author.
Abstract and key words
Articles should include an abstract of no more than 300 words. For original articles, the abstract should be structured as follows: background (what is already known about the subject and what the study intends to examine), methods (experimental design, patients and interventions), results (what was found), conclusions (meaning of the study). For systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the abstract should be structured as follows: introduction, evidence acquisition, evidence synthesis, conclusions. Key words should refer to the terms from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of MEDLINE/PubMed. No abstracts are required for editorials or letters to the Editor.
Identify methodologies, equipment (give name and address of manufacturer in brackets) and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other researchers to reproduce results. Specify well-known methods including statistical procedures; mention and provide a brief description of published methods which are not yet well known; describe new or modified methods at length; justify their use and evaluate their limits. For each drug generic name, dosage and administration routes should be given. Brand names should be avoided.
Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must conform to international standards. Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be given in metric units (meter, kilogram, liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees Celsius. Blood pressure must be expressed in millimeters of mercury. All clinical chemistry measurements should be expressed in metric units using the International System of Units (SI). The use of unusual symbols or abbreviations is strongly discouraged. The first time an abbreviation appears in the text, it should be preceded by the words for which it stands.
It is expected that all cited references will have been read by the authors. The references must contain only the authors cited in the text, be numbered in Arabic numerals and consecutively as they are cited. Bibliographical entries in the text should be quoted using superscripted Arabic numerals. References must be set out in the standard format approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).
Each entry must specify the author’s surname and initials (list all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list only the first six and then “et al.”), the article’s original title, the name of the Journal (according to the abbreviations used by MEDLINE/PubMed), the year of publication, the volume number and the number of the first and last pages. When citing references, please follow the rules for international standard punctuation carefully.
- Standard article.
Sutherland DE, Simmons RL, Howard RJ. Intracapsular technique of transplant nephrectomy. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1978;146:951-2.
- Organization as author
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Ann Int Med 1988;108:258-65.
- Issue with supplement
Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996;23(1 Suppl 2):89-97.
Books and monographs
For occasional publications, the names of authors, title, edition, place, publisher and year of publication must be given.Examples:
- Books by one or more authors
Rossi G. Manual of Otorhinolaryngology. Turin: Edizioni Minerva Medica; 1987.
- Chapter from book
De Meester TR. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. In: Moody FG, Carey LC, Scott Jones R, Ketly KA, Nahrwold DL, Skinner DB, editors. Surgical treatment of digestive diseases. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers; 1986. p. 132-58.
- Congress proceedings
Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.
Electronic material
- Standard journal article on the Internet
Kaul S, Diamond GA. Good enough: a primer on the analysis and interpretation of noninferiority trials. Ann Intern Med [Internet]. 2006 Jul 4 [cited 2007 Jan 4];145(1):62-9. Available from: http://www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/145/1/62.pdf
- Standard citation to a book on CD-ROM or DVD
Kacmarek RM. Advanced respiratory care [CD-ROM]. Version 3.0. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; ©2000. 1 CD-ROM: sound, color, 4 3/4 in.
- Standard citation to a homepage
AMA: helping doctors help patients [Internet]. Chicago: American Medical Association; ©1995-2007 [cited 2007 Feb 22]. Available from: http://www.ama-assn.org/.
Footnotes and endnotes of Word must not be used in the preparation of references.
References first cited in a table or figure legend should be numbered so that they will be in sequence with references cited in the text taking into consideration the point where the table or figure is first mentioned. Therefore, those references should not be listed at the end of the reference section but consecutively as they are cited.
Conflicts of interest; mention of any funding, research contracts; authors’ contribution statement; list of the members of the collective name (author’s name in full, middle name’s initial in capital letters and surname, with relevant affiliation); contributors’ names; dates of any congress where the paper has already been presented; acknowledgements.
Tables should be submitted in the text file. Each table should be created with the Table menu of Microsoft Word table editor, by selecting the number of rows and columns needed. Tabulations are not allowed. Each table must be numbered in Roman numerals and accompanied by the relevant title. Each table must include heading, body and notes, if needed, at the foot of the table. Tables should be referenced in the text sequentially.
Each figure should be submitted as a separate file. Formats accepted: JPEG set at 300 dpi resolution preferred; other formats accepted are TIFF and PDF (high quality). Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals and accompanied by the relevant title. Titles of figures should be repeated also in the text file. Figure should be referenced in the text sequentially.
Reproductions should be limited to the part that is essential to the paper.
Histological photographs should always be accompanied by the magnification ratio and the staining method.
If figures are in color, it should always be specified whether color or black and white reproduction is required.
Supplementary Digital Material
Authors may submit supplementary material to support and enhance their article’s text to be published in the online edition only. Supplementary material should be submitted online during the submission process and may include the following types of content: text files, tables, figures, audios and videos. Authors are requested to submit as supplementary material tables that are too long to fit on a single printed page of the journal and any appendices.
One or more files of supplementary material may be attached to the article. Such files must be submitted separately and cited in consecutive order in the text. There are no restrictions on the content of a file (it may include a text and a table, a single table, a figure and a table, two figures, a video, etc..).
Each in-text citation of supplementary material should be clearly labeled as “Supplementary Digital Material” followed by the relevant number and the description of the material submitted (Supplementary Digital Material 1: Supplementary Text File, Supplementary Figure 1, Supplementary Table I and Supplementary Table II online content only). Audio and video citations should also include the length and size of the file (Supplementary Digital Material 2: Supplementary Video 1, online content only, 5 minutes, 10 MB). Text files, figures and tables of supplementary materials should be accompanied by the relevant title.
Formats accepted for text files and tables: Word (.DOC and .DOCX) and RTF; formats accepted for figures: JPEG set at 300 dpi resolution preferred; other formats accepted are TIFF and PDF (high quality); formats accepted for audio files: MP3, WAV; formats accepted for video files: MP4, AVI, WMV. To ensure a quality experience, it is suggested that authors submit supplementary audios and videos no larger than 10 MB each.
If accepted, supplementary material will be published as submitted and will not be checked or corrected.

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