Clinical Sports Medicine International
 The Journal Of All Movement Related Medical Topics In Health & Disease

Instructions for Authors

“Clinical Sports Medicine International” (CMSI) welcomes the submission of original research articles and case reports related to sports medicine from all countries.

The journal does accept submissions by mail. Please visit our impressum for mail address at
Manuscripts must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other publication, before or during the peer-review process. Accepted manuscripts, including tables and figures, become the permanent property of the CSMI and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.
When manuscripts have been received by the editorial office, the corresponding author will be sent an acknowledgment giving an assigned manuscript number, which should be used with all subsequent correspondence or telephone or email contact for anything related to that particular manuscript. Authors will be asked to download the copyright transfer xx forms. Both of these forms need to be signed by all authors and returned to the CSMI office. You may simply fill in these forms online, put in your scanned signature and upload together with the submission site; if you do not, you may mail or FAX those forms to the editorial office. These forms must be in our possession before your paper can or will be published.
When accepted articles have been assigned to an issue, authors will be required to carefully read and correct their manuscripts that have been copy edited by a staff member.
Material published in Clinical Sports Medicine Internatinal is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the copyright holder.

Manuscript Formats
In general, follow the standard IMRAD (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion) format for writing scientific articles. The author is responsible for all statements made in the work, including copy editor changes, which the author will have an opportunity to verify. Any material that is submitted with an article (such as tables and figures) that has been reproduced in another source (that is, that has been copyrighted previously) must conform to the current copyright regulations. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission for reproduction of copyrighted material and for providing the editorial office with that documentation before the material will be reproduced in the Journal. A permission request form is available on the submission site.
Manuscript pages must be typed into a downloadable .doc demo version. It is the policy of Journal that authors have to perform all formatting work according to the demo version ready for the internet or print version of the manuscript.
Authors have to correct the manuscripts according to the comments of the editorial office. Authors have to fit Tables and Figures into the text exactly according to the demo version. This also yields for the format of Figure and Table legends. Only high resolution figures are acceptable. It is imperative that the final upload is ready for publication. Manuscripts are not proceeded to the review process until all editorial work has been completed.
Units of measure following a number are abbreviated (such as kg, cm, ml). Use metric units in measurements (that is, centimeter versus inch, kilogram versus pound). Journal policy is to limit use of abbreviations; abbreviated terms that are not used frequently in an article will be spelled out. Common abbreviations are used without definition (such as ACL, EMG, MRI). When uncommon abbreviations are used, give the full term followed by the abbreviation in parentheses the first time it is mentioned in the text, such as femur-ACL-tibia complex (FATC).

Abstracts should summarize the contents of the article in 250 words or less. The abstract should be structured in the following format:
Background: In one or two sentences, summarize the scientific body of knowledge surrounding your study and how this led to your investigation.
Hypothesis: State the theory (ies) that you are attempting to prove or disprove by your study.
Study Design: Identify the overall design of your study. Select one of the following or designate your own: case report, series of case reports, cross-sectional study, case control study, prospective cohort study, retrospective cohort study, retrospective review of prospectively collected data, metanalysis, prospective randomized clinical trial, prospective nonrandomized clinical trial, uncontrolled retrospective review, controlled laboratory study, descriptive anatomical study.
Methods: Succinctly summarize the overall methods you used in your investigation. Include the study population, type of intervention, method of data collection and length of the study.
Results: Report the most important results of your study. Only include positive results that are statistically significant, or negative results that are supported by adequate power.
Conclusions: State the answer to your original question or hypothesis. Summarize the most important conclusions that can be directly drawn from your study.
Clinical Relevance: If yours was a laboratory study, describe its relevance to clinical sports medicine.

Type acknowledgments on a separate page, following the text. Give credit to sponsors, donors, or grantors; technical assistants; and professional colleagues who contributed to the quality of the paper but are not listed as authors. Please briefly describe the contributions made by persons being acknowledged in this section. Journal policy precludes acknowledgment of the manuscript typist.

References should be typed in alphabetical order and numbered according to the alphabetical listing. If references are not in alphabetical order the uploaded file will be rejected and will have to be resubmitted with the references in the correct form. When author entries are the same, regardless of the number of authors, put the most recently published reference first. In general, use the Index Medicus form for abbreviating journal titles and the AMA Manual of Style for format. Note: references must be retrievable. Do not include in the reference list presentations from meetings that have not been published. Data such as presentations and articles that have been submitted for publication but have not been accepted must be put in the text as unpublished data immediately after mention of the information (for example, "Smith and Jones (unpublished data, 2000) noted in their study . . .").
It is imperative that authors double-check their references and assure that they are correct and complete!

Figures (Illustrations)
Formats accepted are GIF, TIFF, EPS, JPEG. Formats not supported include the following: supported; one slide per file is acceptable. As your images are included within your manuscript file you do not need to upload them separately.
Authors are encouraged to use color figures. Be sure all symbols or arrows are described in the legend. If figure parts are provided, the legend must clearly state what is happening in each part of the figure. Terms used for labels and in the legend must be consistent with those in the text.
Examine all figures carefully to ensure that the data are presented with the greatest possible clarity and that the inclusion of the figure helps the reader better understand the text. Likewise, determine if a figure would communicate the information more effectively than lengthy narrative.
All photographs of patients that disclose their identity must be accompanied by a signed photographic release, granting permission for their likeness to be reproduced in the article. If this is not provided, the patient's eyes must be occluded to prevent recognition.
Please remember that it is the author's responsibility to obtain and submit signed permission to reproduce any copyrighted figures that have been published previously. A permission form can be downloaded from the submission site.

Tables have a title as shown in demo .doc. Please be sure the title is not a "tag," but that it describes the content and purpose of the table. Tables should enhance, not duplicate, information in the text. Simple tables that repeat textual material will be deleted.
Please remember that it is the author's responsibility to obtain and submit signed permission to reproduce any copyrighted tables that have been published previously.