Submission Instruction

 | Post date: 2018/05/8 | 
Author guidelines
Preparing your manuscript for submission
Please read the guidelines below and note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of IJMCL will be reviewed.
Cover letter
As part of the submission process you will be required to write a cover letter warranting that you are submitting your original work, you have the
rightsin the work,  you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal, and it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Important note: Submission of a manuscript implies
commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. These statements should be clearly mentioned in the cover letter.
Title page
The title page should be a separate document and include a title, all authors’ names and affiliations and highest professional degrees, the corresponding author’s address, telephone number, and a brief running headline
.Title should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. Indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name. In addition, clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
The title page should be followed by a structured abstract of 150 to 200 words that include the following subheadings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and conclusion.
  • Background: One to 2 sentences that cite they key background or rationale the supports the need for the current study.
  • Objective: A specific purpose for the research which clearly states what research question(s) is being answered. For example, for clinical studies the purpose should indicate what patients, interventions comparisons, and outcome measures are being examined.
  • Methods: The study design and key methods including sample, interventions, measures and statistical analyses should be described.
  • Results: The key findings must be presented. For quantitative studies the value that indicate the size of the observed effects, not just the p-values is needed. For all studies, the most salient data should be succinctly presented.
  • Conclusions: The key conclusion, answer to the research question should be succinctly summarized. Where a direct implication to practice can be made, it should be stated.
The abstract page as well as the first page of the text should include the manuscript’s title without the authors’ names to facilitate blind review. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone and represent the work in isolation. For this reason, references and non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided.
Immediately after the abstract, provide 3 to 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). These keywords will be used for indexing purposes, and so best represent your work if they are terms likely to be searched and that are as specific as feasible.
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Double space all manuscripts, including references, notes, abstracts, quotations, and tables, on 8 1/2 × 11 paper
.Ordinarily manuscripts will not exceed 30 pages (double-spaced), including tables, figures, and references. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to supply camera-ready figures.
Artwork, figures, and other graphics
Tables and figures should follow APA style and be double-spaced throughout. For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, picturesand
graphs in electronic format, please visit APA’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  
Tables should be carefully constructed to provide a clear representation of data. Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables should be placed
on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Figures supplied in color will appear in color online. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from IJMCL after receipt of your accepted article.
The table or figure should have clear labels, units and a title that conveys what the table/figure represents. Tables and Figures should be able to be interpreted independently. We suggest that authors consult guides for formatting tables. Examples of guides are:∼pkamat/pdf/graphs.pdf

Supplementary material
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to APA’s guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Reference style
Please use reference management software such as RevMan,Mendely
, or EndNote to manage your references. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). View the APA references guidelines at “” to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Additional Information
Use the international system of units (SI). If other units are mentioned, please give their equivalent in SI.
Math formulae
Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Number consecutively any equations that must be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

Footnotes should be used cautiously. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors can build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Otherwise, please indicate the position of footnotes in the text and list the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.
English language editing services
Journal does not provide assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting. Ensure that your work is written in correct scientific English before submission. Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at
Please be aware that we have no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
Editorial policies
  • Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors.
  • Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status.
  • A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
  • All people who have made a substantive contribution to the manuscript should be listed as authors.
  • The substantive contribution refers to all those who made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,  and approved the version to be published.
  • For further information on authorship guidelines, please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at 

Anyacknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, a department chair who provided only general support. Those individuals who provided instrumental help during the research e.g., providing language help might be acknowledgedat
this section. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
IJMCL requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. If no funding is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Declaration of conflicting interests
International Journal of Motor Control and Learning requires authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any
acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any commercial or financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.
The journal does not accept submissions written by people or companies to demonstrate their commercial products. Other potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding must be declared. The disclosure of potential conflicts of interest is based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals", The form available on the ICJME
web site at is to be used, with a separate form completed and submitted for each author. Please note that all authors should print the form, sign and send it along with their manuscript submission.
Research Ethics
We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Therefore, all papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board and provide the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.
Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE
.If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. Please refer to the Publication Ethic of APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct at or
Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, and photographs unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.
International Journal of Motor Control and Learning always investigates claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
Contributor's publishing agreement
Before publication, International Journal of Motor Control and Learning requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. This Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants International Journal of Motor Control and Learning the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. For more information please visit Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Author Gateway at
Submitting your manuscript
IJMCL is a
web based online submission and peer review system. Visit to login and submit your article online.  Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE has become a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher
and Contributor ID
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one.
Submission checklist
At this stage please carry out a final check of your submission before sending it to the journal for review and ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Further consideration: 
  • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
  • A structured abstract with distinct, labeled sections (Background, objectives, Methods, Results, conclusion, and keywords). Insure that the abstract follows the correct format, word count and represents key findings.
  • Cover letter has been uploaded.
  • Title page with contact details of corresponding author has been provided.
  • Main document without name has been uploaded.
  • All figures (include relevant captions) are attached.
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes) have been submitted.
  • All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa. Check that key foundational references, methods and measure references and salient work are cited.
  • Supplemental files have been provided (where applicable)
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet).
  • A competing interest statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare.
  • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed.
  • Referee suggestions and contact details are provided, based on journal requirements.
On acceptance and publication
We will keep you informed of your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent in PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
Online publication
First online publication allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. 

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