Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour

Mission

The Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour (JMPB) publishes high quality research on fundamental measurement problems, and use and application of wearable technology to assess physical activity, sedentary behavior, movement disorders, and sleep. 

Scope

JMPB is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the publication of innovative and impactful research on wearable monitors to assess such behaviors as physical activity, sedentary behavior, movement disorders, and sleep. This topic area is multidisciplinary and includes research from several disciplines such as kinesiology, psychology, computer science, engineering, statistics, public health, and clinical sciences.

Topic areas and types of papers may include novel methods for device calibration and validation, new sensor technology, analytic advances in measurement and interpretation, new outcomes for clinical studies, and applications of wearable monitors for assessing exposure and/or outcomes. Evidence-based papers leading to best practices for how objective monitoring should be used in research and clinical settings are also encouraged. Manuscripts validating self-report tools using objective measures may also be considered if innovative approaches are used for validation.

Submissions may include (but are not limited to) experimental studies, reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal (cohort) studies, brief reports, technical notes, and evidence-based best practices recommendations. Software code for sensor data processing and extraction methods may be published in online appendices that are linked to papers. Detailed methods, where publishing the specific details may not be possible within the body of the paper, may also be published as online appendices linked to papers.

JMPB is a quarterly journal that published its first volume in 2018.

ISMPB Membership

Editor-in-Chief

Patty Freedson
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Associate Editors

Soren Brage
University of Cambridge, UK

Lisa Cadmus-Bertram
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Philippa Dall
Glasgow Caledonia University, UK

Maria Hagstromer
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Stephen Intille
Northeastern University, USA

Dinesh John
Northeastern University, USA

Minsoo Kang
The University of Mississippi, USA

Joanne McVeigh
Curtin University, Australia

John Reilly
University of Strathclyde, Glasow, UK

Alex Rowlands
University of Leicester, UK

John Sirard
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Rebecca Spencer
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Ben Stansfield
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

John Staudenmayer
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Tom Stewart
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Scott Strath
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

Stewart Trost
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Editorial Board

David Bassett, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA

Matt Buman, Arizona State University, USA

Scott Crouter, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA

Alan Donnelly, University of Limerick, Ireland

Malcolm Granat, Salford University, UK

Jorunn Helbostad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Kathleen Janz, University of Iowa, USA

Sarah Keadle, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Kate Lyden, KAL Research|Consulting LLC, USA

Ann Swartz, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA

Rick Troiano, National Cancer Institute, USA

HJG Van den Berg, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Greg Welk, Iowa State University, USA

Human Kinetics Staff
Doug Hoepker, Senior Journals Managing Editor
Christina Johnson, Editorial Assistant

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Authorship Guidelines

The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
b. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
c. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 324, 424–428.

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Manuscript Guidelines

The JMPB is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the publication of innovative and impactful research on wearable monitors to assess such behaviours as physical activity, sedentary behaviour, movement disorders, and sleep. This topic area is multidisciplinary and includes research from several disciplines such as kinesiology, psychology, computer science, engineering, statistics, public health, and clinical sciences. 

Topic Areas and Types of Papers . . . may include, for example: novel methods for device calibration and validation, new sensor technology, analytic advances in measurement and interpretation, new outcomes for clinical studies, and applications of wearable monitors for assessing exposure and/or outcomes. Evidence-based papers leading to best practices for how objective monitoring should be used in research and clinical settings are also encouraged. Manuscripts validating self-report tools using objective measures may also be considered if innovative approaches are used for validation. 

Submissions may include (but are not limited to) experimental studies, reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal (cohort) studies, brief reports, technical notes, and evidence-based best practices recommendations. Software code for sensor data processing and extraction methods may be published in online appendices that are linked to papers. Detailed methods, where publishing the specific details may not be possible within the body of the paper, may also be published as online appendices linked to papers.

Style

In preparing manuscripts for publication in JMPB, authors must closely follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). Writing should be concise and direct. Manuscript length should not exceed 30 double spaced pages (including references). Avoid unnecessary jargon and abbreviations, but use an acronym or abbreviation if the spelled-out version of a term is cumbersome. Avoid abbreviations in the title. Formats of numbers and measurement units, and all other style matters, including capitalization, punctuation, references, and citations, must follow the Publication Manual of the APA.

Cover Letters

Upon submission, authors must upload a separate cover letter that lists (1) the title of the manuscript, (2) the date of submission, and (3) the full names of all the authors, their institutional or corporate affiliations, and their e-mail addresses. In addition to this essential information, the cover letter should be composed as described on pp. 230–231 of the Publication Manual of the APA, including clear statements pertaining to potential fragmented publication, authorship, and other ethical considerations.

Manuscript Format

The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The manuscript should contain no clues as to author identity, such as acknowledgments, institutional information, and mention of a specific city. Thus, information that might identify the author(s) should be omitted or highlighted in black. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript and date of submission. All articles must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the manuscript title.

Figures and Photos

Artwork should be professional in appearance and have clean, crisp lines. Hand drawing and hand lettering are not acceptable. Shades of gray do not reproduce well and should not be used in charts and figures. Instead, stripe patterns, stippling, or solids (black or white) are good choices for shading. Line art should be saved at a resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi). Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of 300 dpi.

Tables

When tabular material is necessary, it should not duplicate the text. Tables must be formatted using Microsoft Word’s table-building functions. (Using spaces or tabs in your table creates problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors). Tables should be single-spaced on separate pages and include brief titles. Explanatory notes are to be presented in footnotes, below the table. The size and complexity of a table should be determined with consideration for its legibility and ability to fit the printed page.

Before Submitting

Please review the APA checklist for manuscript submission before submitting your manuscript.

Review

At least two reviewers are solicited for each manuscript. Manuscripts are evaluated via masked review. There are no page charges to authors. Manuscripts should not be submitted to another journal at the same time. 

Final Revisions

Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide the editor all necessary permissions for reproduced figures, pictures, or other copyrighted work prior to publication. 

Copyright Transfer

Authors also will need to complete and sign a copyright agreement, transferring copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc. This copyright form can be viewed by visiting ScholarOne and selecting "Instructions & Forms" in the upper right corner. You do not need an account to access this information.

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