Isokinetics and Exercise Science
Isokinetics and Exercise Science (IES) is an international journal devoted to the study of theoretical and applied aspects of human muscle performance. Since isokinetic dynamometry constitutes the major tool in this area, the journal takes a particular interest in exploring the considerable potential of this technology.
Isokinetics and Exercise Science publishes studies associated with the methodology of muscle performance especially with respect to the issues of reproducibility and validity of testing, description of normal and pathological mechanical parameters which are derivable from muscle testing, applications in basic research topics such as motor learning paradigms and electromyography. The journal also publishes studies on applications in clinical settings and technical aspects of the various measurement systems employed in human muscle performance research.
Isokinetics and Exercise Science welcomes submissions in the form of research papers, reviews, case studies and technical reports from professionals in the fields of sports medicine, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation and exercise physiology.
Vassilius Baltzopoulos, PhD
Sigal Ben-Zaken, PhD
Richard Bohannon, EdD
Lee E. Brown, EdD
Sven Bruhn, PhD
Jan Cabri, PhD
John Caruso, PhD
Joaquim Chaler, MD PhD
Nicholas C. Clark, PhD
Prof. Ann Cools, PT, PhD
Jean-Louis Croisier, PhD
Francis Degache, PhD
Prof. Franca Deriu, MD, PhD
Nick Draper, PhD
Pascal Edouard, MD PhD
Michael Fish, PhD
François Fourchet, PhD
Simon M. Fryer, PhD
Weijie Fu, PhD
Matt Greig, MD
Vedran Hadjic, MD
H.-C. Heitkamp, MD
Glyn Howatson, PhD
Jennifer Keating, PhD
Ayse Kin Isler, PhD
Prof. Eleftherios Kellis, PhD
Feza Korkusuz, MD
Jan Lexell, MD PhD
Dario Lieberman, PhD
Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD
Noriaki Maeda, PhD
Nicola A. Maffiuletti, PhD
Andrea Manca, PhD
Frank Mayer, MD
Alison McGregor, PhD
Prof. Vladimir Medved, PhDEE
Steffen Müller, PhD
Jaeseop Oh, PhD, PT
Jesus Olmo, MD
Evangelos Pappas, PhD
David Perrin, PhD
Pierre Portero, PhD
Blanca Roman Viñas, MD PhD
Arie Rotstein, PhD
Andreas Schlumberger, PhD
Sandra Schultz, PhD
Timothy C. Sell, PhD
Marc De Ste Croix, PhD
Justin Sullivan, PhD
Brock Symons, PhD
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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are recommended to seek the advice of a native English speaker, if possible, before submitting their manuscripts.
Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Author Contributions
- Ethical Considerations
- Conflict of Interest
- Figure captions
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.
Numbers should appear with decimal point, not comma: 12.3, not 12,3
SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
The main outcome measure in angular isokinetic dynamometry is the Moment (not torque) from which the peak moment, expressed in Nm, is derived. Likewise, the main outcome measure in linear or quasi-linear isokinetic dynamometry is the Force, from which the peak force, expressed in N, is derived.
When referring to 'time' please use e.g. 5-s, not 5 seconds, 3-min, not 3 minutes, 1-h, not 1 hour and 2-d, not 2 days. Weight should be quoted in kgf, while mass, in kg.
- While the journal welcomes papers dealing with the reproducibility of measurements derived from novel devices or test protocols, the number of participants should not be less than 30. Several reproducibility parameters such as the SEM, the SRD and CV% should be used in order to provide as comprehensive a picture as possible.
- Where relevant, Effect Size should be quoted
- In muscle performance studies, especially where strength is the main outcome factor, pooling of genders is strictly unacceptable. When strength ratios are quoted, pooling may be allowed as long as it is physiologically and statistically valid
The title page should provide the following information:
- Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
- Name(s) of author(s) without abbreviation; please indicate who is the corresponding author
- Full affiliation(s)
- Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
- Complete address of corresponding author, including telephone number, fax number and e-mail address
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
Materials and Methods
When human subjects are used, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject, and that the study conforms with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki), printed in the British Medical Journal (18 July 1964).
The approval number of the Ethics Committee or the IRB and its affiliation together with the date of approval, or alternative identifiers, MUST be added as part of the statement.
When experimental animals are used, the Materials and methods section must briefly but explicitly state measures which were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, e.g. type and dose of anaesthetic used. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) or with the Guidelines laid down by the NIH in the US, available from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, RKLI, Suite 360, MSC 7982, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982, or online regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures.
All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section identifying the review and approval committee for each study. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been used.
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent.
Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable should be shown the manuscript before it is published.
When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the Methods section.
Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text.
Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.
Color figures can be included in the print version, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. The online version has no extra charges for color figures.
For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
- line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
- grayscales (including photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
- do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
- do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
- do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
- for figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF
Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.
Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.
If there are none, do still include this section and insert "The authors have no acknowledgments".
For every author, his or her contribution to the manuscript needs to be provided using the following categories:
PERFORMANCE OF WORK:
INTERPRETATION OR ANALYSIS OF DATA:
PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT:
REVISION FOR IMPORTANT INTELLECTUAL CONTENT:
Please inform in this section the Institutional Review Board approval number and date to your research. In case informed consent was obtained please also inform it in this section. Studies exempt from Institutional Review Board approval should inform the reason for exemption, e.g. “This study, as a literature review, is exempt from Institutional Review Board approval”.
Conflict of Interest
Statement of all financial and material support for this research and any potential conflicts should also be clearly identified.
If there is no Conflict of interest then still state that “The authors have no conflicts of interest to report”.
Specify sources of funding.
If there are none, do still include this section and insert "The authors report no funding".
Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style.
Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.
References must be listed in Vancouver style:
 Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.
 Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
 Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
 Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
 Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.
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Isokinetics and Exercise Science Peer Review Policy
Isokinetics and Exercise Science is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.
All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.
Papers deemed suitable to the journal will be forwarded to two reviewers. Reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s). The Editor in Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.
Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:
- Significance to Field
- Relevance to Journal
- Data Analysis
- Literature Review
- Writing Style/Clarity
Based on the received reviews the Editor in Chief will write a decision letter:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
- Revise and Resubmit
They mean the following:
- The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor in Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
- The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
Authors are notified by the Editor in Chief, whose decision is final.