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Perceptual and Motor Skills

Perceptual and Motor Skills

eISSN: 1558688X | ISSN: 00315125 | Current volume: 129 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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
Assistant Editor
Jennifer M. Flaherty Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA
Associate Editors
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
Masaharu Kagawa Kagawa Nutrition University, 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 Claretiano- Centro Universitário
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
Editorial Review Board
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. Flink 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
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
Sara Michaliszyn Youngstown State University, USA
Takashi Mizuguchi Shinshu University, Japan
Diego Monteiro Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
Stephanie Nevin Virginia Beach Neuropsychology USA
Sebastian Pannasch Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
Gleber Pereira Universidade Positivo, Brazil
Bruno Ramalho Oliveira Gama Filho University, Brazil
Paula Rodrigues FADE-UP, Porto
Katharine Seagly Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, USA
Ngien Siong Chin Institute of Teacher Education Batu Lintang Campus, Malaysia
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
Founding Editors
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Perceptual and Motor Skills


    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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.





    1. Article types

    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.


    2. Editorial policies


    2.1 Peer review policy

    SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 


    2.2 Authorship

    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.


    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    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


    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    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.


    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    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.


    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    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.


    3.4 Permissions

    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


    4. Preparing your manuscript


    4.1 Word processing formats

    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.


    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    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.


    4.3 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. 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.

    4.4 Journal layout


    Perceptual and Motor Skills conforms to the SAGE house style. View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.


    4.5 Reference style

    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.


    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file [OR] the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file


    4.6 English language editing services

    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.


    5. Submitting your manuscript


    5.1 ORCID

    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.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    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 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.


    5.3 Cover letter, title, keywords and abstracts

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. A statement that all authors have agreed upon the content of the article and the order of authorship.


    5.4 Corresponding author contact details

    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.


    6. On acceptance and publication


    6.1 SAGE Production

    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.


    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.


    6.3 Online First publication

    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


    7. Further information


    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.


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