Perceptual and Motor Skills has been dedicated, since 1949, to new science in learning, memory, executive functioning, perception, and motor skills, making it one of the earliest and most prolific journals in neuropsychology. In honor of this history and spirit of discovery, the journal’s new publisher, SAGE Publications, has removed author fees for printed pages, and its new Editor J.D. Ball, Ph.D., is re-emphasizing brain-behavior studies. Prospective contributors should continue to address similar perceptual and motor skills content, but should direct new manuscripts toward theory and practice under broad conceptual themes of Development (Biological/Environmental), Clinical Problems (Assessment/Intervention), and Peak Performance (Learning/Sports).
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The purpose of Perceptual and Motor Skills is to encourage scientific originality and creativity in the fields of perception, learning, and motor skills. Experimental or theoretical articles are welcomed. Perceptual and Motor Skills will assign manuscripts into three major sections, each with two subsections: Human Development (Biological/Environmental), Clinical Problems (Assessment/Intervention), and Peak Performance (Sports/Learning).
|J.D. Ball||Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA|
|Jennifer M. Flaherty||Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA|
|Stuart Beattie||Bangor University, UK|
|Ryan D. Burns||University of Utah, USA|
|Stephen A. Butterfield||University of Maine, USA|
|Christopher Dunbar||City University of New York (CUNY), USA|
|Nobuyuki Inui||Naruto University of Education, Japan|
|Marcel Kinsbourne||The New School, USA|
|Terry McMorris||University of Chichester, UK|
|Haris Memisevic||University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Mats Olof Niklasson||Evidens University College, Göteborg, Sweden|
|Robert J. Robertson||University of Pittsburgh, USA|
|Miguel Angel Gómez Ruano||Technical University of Madrid, Spain|
|David E. Sherwood||University of Colorado at Boulder, USA|
|Patricia A. Shewokis||Drexel University, USA|
|Aldo Coelho Silva||Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Robert J. Spencer||University of Michigan, USA|
|Martin Voracek||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Steven P. Woods||University of Houston, USA|
|Nan-Ying Yu||I-Shou University, Taiwan|
|Neala Ambrosi-Randic||Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia|
|Gustavo Aires de Arruda||University of Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Christopher Ballman||Samford University, USA|
|Daniel das Virgens Chagas||Rio de Janeiro State University Brazil|
|Germaine Cornelissen||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Kalpana Dokka||Baylor College of Medicine, USA|
|Tania S. Flick||Gannon University, USA|
|Lucio Follador||Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil|
|Shirley S.M. Fong||University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Henrik Gustafsson||Karstads University, Sweden|
|Tung-Hsien He||National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan|
|Ted Bruce Jaeger||Westminster College, USA|
|Masahau Kagawa||Kagawa Nutrition University, Japan|
|Tanja Kakebeeke||University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland|
|Joshua L. Keller||University of South Alabama, USA|
|Ya Hsien Ko||Oriental Institute of Technology, Taiwan|
|Philip Kolba||Volition Labs, USA|
|Daniel Krause||University of Paderborn, Germany|
|Tomoyuki Matsuo||Osaka University, Japan|
|Sara Michaliszyn||Youngstown State University, USA|
|Diego Monteiro||Polytechnic Institute of Santarem, Portugal|
|Thomas Muehlbauer||University of Potsdam, Germany|
|Stephanie Nevin||Virginia Beach Neuropsychology USA|
|Sebastian Pannasch||Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany|
|Gleber Pereira||Universidade Positivo, Brazil|
|Bruno Ramalho Oliveira||Gama Filho University, Brazil|
|Justy Reed||Chicago State University, USA|
|Paula Rodrigues||FADE-UP, Porto|
|Katharine Seagly||Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, USA|
|Luis Teixeira||University of Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Herbert Ugrinowitsch||Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Robert Vaughan||York St. Johns University, England|
|Eric Vlahov||University of Tampa, USA|
|Michael Weinborn||University of Western Australia, Australia|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Perceptual and Motor Skills
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pms to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Perceptual and Motor Skills will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in Perceptual and Motor Skills and that 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.
Perceptual and Motor Skills accepts experimental and theoretical articles dealing with perception or motor skills, especially as affected by experience, as well as articles on general methodology and special reviews.
Perceptual and Motor Skills utilizes a double-blind review process. All manuscripts submitted to the journal with suitable content, as determined by the editors, will be subject to comment and external review by at least 2 peer reviewers. Critical editing is combined with specific suggestions from multiple referees of each paper to help authors meet standards.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as 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 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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
It is the policy of Perceptual and Motor Skills to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.
3. Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Perceptual and Motor Skills and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised 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.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Perceptual and Motor Skills offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images, etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
Perceptual and Motor Skills conforms to the SAGE house style. View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.
Perceptual and Motor Skills adheres to the APA reference style, 7th Edition. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
5.2 How to submit your manuscript
Perceptual and Motor Skills is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pms to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: 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. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a cover letter, title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
All submitted manuscripts should have an accompanying cover letter that includes, at minimum, the following two criteria:
- Confirmation that this manuscript has been submitted solely to Perceptual and Motor Skills and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere until a final decision has been made.
- A statement that all authors have agreed upon the content of the article and the order of authorship.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Perceptual and Motor Skills editorial office as follows:
J.D. Ball, Ph.D., ABPP
Eastern Virginia Medical School
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.