≪Guide for Authors≫
The International Journal of KAATSU Training Research (IJKTR) is the official journal of the Japan Kaatsu Training Society and the IJKTR publishes original research related to all the aspects of Kaatsu training.
The IJKTR is an international journal and welcomes the submission of original papers, clinical case reports and reviews by authors throughout the world. Membership in the Japan Kaatsu Training Society is not a requisite for publication in the Journal, nor does it influence editorial decisions.
When preparing typescripts for submission, authors should follow the style of the journal.
Papers should be submitted as PDF-file attachments to an e-mail sent to the Editorial Office at [email@example.com].
Figures and Tables should be incorporated within the document wherever possible. Comments to the Editor should be included in the text of the accompanying e-mail.
Authors wishing to submit their manuscript in hard copy should contact the Editorial Office for advice at (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org and at (mail address) Mainichi Academic Forum Inc, Floor 9, Palace-side Building, 1-1-1, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0003, JAPAN. All contributions are subject to editorial revision. The Editor's decision will be final.
The research described in papers on human subjects involving procedures, which are not therapeutic and carry a significant risk of harm must include a statement that the experiments were performed with the informed consent of each subject.
With regard to this the editors wish to draw the attention of authors to the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki). A statement of approval by the Official Ethics Committee is required.
Appropriate statistical methods should be used to establish significance. When data deviate from a normal distribution, nonparametric tests should be used or transformation of data should be performed.
When more than two simultaneous comparisons are made, analysis of variance (ANOVA), multiple t-test or similar techniques (not Student’s t-test) should be employed. Authors are encouraged to seek professional advice.
Manuscripts must be written in English. Revision of the language is not the responsibility of the editor, and manuscripts otherwise acceptable but written in incorrect English will be returned for language revision.
Manuscripts must be word-processed, double-spaced throughout on one side of standard A4 paper.
All pages should be correctly numbered at the top right hand corner, beginning with the title page. Original papers should be arranged as follows:
(1) Title page; (2) Abstract; (3) main text sub-divided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion; (4) Acknowledgements; (5) References; (6) Tables; (7) Figure legends; (8) Figures.
Title page: A separate title page must be included containing the paper's title, names of author(s), the name and full address of the institution(s) where the work was done and other authors' addresses where these differ, telephone and fax numbers and an email address of the author to whom proofs and reprints are to be sent should be given on the title page. A short title not exceeding 40 letters and spaces should be included.
Abstract: Limit of 250 words, including numbers, abbreviations, and symbols. The abstract should have four headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. It should describe briefly and concisely the purpose of the investigation, the methods used, the results including quantitative figures and the conclusions drawn. Up to five keywords should be appended to the abstract in alphabetical order.
References: Only essential references should be included. Text citations can be in either of two ways:
(a) with date in parentheses, e.g. as demonstrated by Sato (2005); or (b) with names and dates in parentheses, e.g. according to recent findings (Sato, 2005). If a citation has more than two authors the first author should be given followed by et al., e.g. Ishii et al. (2002). Where lists of references are cited in the text they should be placed first alphabetically and then chronologically e.g. (Ishii, 2004; Ishii and Abe, 2001). If two or more references by the same author(s) published in the same year are cited they should be distinguished from each other by placing a, b, etc. after the year e.g. (McKeever and Kearns, 2000a, McKeever and Kearns, 2000b).
The reference list at the end of the paper should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. All authors should be included and abbreviate Journal titles according to the Index Medicus. References should be set out as follows:
- Journal reference. Takarada Y, Sato Y, Ishii N (2002) Effects of resistance exercise combined with vascular occlusion on muscle function in athletes. Eur J Appl Physiol 86: 308-314.
- Book reference. Ishii N (2002) Factors involved in the resistance exercise stimulus and their relations to muscular hypertrophy. In: Nose H et al. (Eds.) Exercise, Nutrition and Environmental Stress. Cooper, MI, USA, pp. 119-138.
- Proceedings. Abe T, Midorikawa T, Yasuda T, Sato Y, Ishii N, Inoue K (2003) Effects of low-intensity “Kaatsu” resistance training on muscle size (in Japanese). In: Proceedings of the 16th Scientific Congress for Sports and Exercise Training, Hiroshima, Japan, pp. 16-17.
Tables: Each Table should be typed on a separate page, numbered (1, 2 etc) and a brief title given directly above each table. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by 'a b, etc.' and typed at the bottom of the relevant table. Information in tables must not be duplicated in figures and vice versa. The tables should be placed at the end of the main text after the References.
Illustrations: Illustrations, referred to as Figures (Fig. 1 etc), must be of good quality. The Figure's number should be indicated. On a separate page, legends must be provided, giving the appropriate Figure number, explanations for abbreviations, scale etc. where appropriate, and placed at the end of the main text after the References and any Tables.
Units: Units, symbols and abbreviations Units should conform to the International System of Units as defined in Baron D.N. (Ed.), 1994. Units, Symbols, and Abbreviations: A Guide for Biological and Medical Authors, 4th ed. Royal Society of Medicine, London. All other abbreviations should be unambiguous and should be clearly explained where they are first mentioned in the text. Note that litre is abbreviated to 'L', millilitre 'mL' etc.
The corresponding author will be advised by the Editor when the paper has been accepted for publication and it may then be cited as “In Press.” The Publisher will then forward e-proofs in PDF format to the corresponding author to check. The Publisher reserves the right to charge authors for the cost of changes made to the text or the figures at proof stage when such changes are extensive.
The Japan Kaatsu Training Society will do everything possible to get the article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all authors' corrections are returned in one all-inclusive e-mail. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so authors must ensure that their response is complete.
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that, if it is accepted for publication, exclusive copyright in the paper shall be assigned to the Society. In consideration for the assignment of copyright, the Society will supply 25 offprints of each paper. Further offprints may be ordered at extra cost at proof stage. The Society will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author to use the material contained in the paper in other works.