Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RAMA is the only Spanish journal focused on the study of martial arts and combat sports. Although the name of the journal and the popular conceptions about martial arts emphasize that they were originated in Asian countries, RAMA also publishes studies on non-Asian combat arts and other related topics.

According to the multidisciplinary nature of the so-called Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, RAMA assumes a multidisciplinary approach, in the conviction that this will make possible a better understanding of its study object.

RAMA primarily publishes scholarly articles and reviews of events and media related to the martial arts and combat sports. These contributions will be published as soon as they are accepted and edited, either in the current issue of the journal or as “articles in press” until their final edition. Contributions are accepted in English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Section Policies


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Reports & Media Reviews

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Peer Review Process

In order to ensure the quality of manuscripts in terms of scholarship as well as writing, each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two members of the Scientific Committee or by other expert reviewers selected for this purpose. The selection of reviewers is under the criteria of the Editorial Board, which also first will examine the manuscripts.

The peer-review process is double blinded, i.e., the reviewers do not know who the authors of the manuscript are, and vice versa. This procedure tries to ensure an objective and impartial evaluation of the manuscripts.

The reception of a manuscript will be notified to authors by e-mail as soon as possible. Manuscripts will be normally reviewed within approximately four weeks, although this period may be extended during holiday periods. Once reviewed, the authors will receive a notification either of acceptance, revision or rejection of the manuscript, the latter indicating the reasons for such rejection. In the case of acceptance, the authors will be informed as soon as their article is published.


Publication Frequency

RAMA publishes two issues per year. Depending on the number of originals manuscripts accepted, they can be published directly in the current issue or as "articles in press" until their final edition.


Open Access Policy

The Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas promotes open access to the scientific literature and provides researchers free access to all contents from the moment of its publication.

The journal in any case will charge authors for open access publishing. Making research freely available to the public fosters a greater exchange of global knowledge, improves the visibility of authors and works and facilitates earliest citation.

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Review Policy

The review of manuscripts is a key process to ensure the quality of the contents published in any academic journal. Although it is commonly a non recognized work and paid nothing (particularly in non-profit journals such as RAMA), it is a necessary contribution to the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and a compensation to the work that other reviewers may have play on the manuscripts of which are now reviewers.

From this perspective, the reviewers who accept to evaluate a manuscript should be responsible for making a serious and rigorous review. Please do not accept a manuscript if it is not within your scope of expertise, or if you cannot commit yourself to completing the review within four weeks.

Once the review is accepted, the reviewers should remain anonymous, as a guarantee of independence and impartiality throughout all the evaluation process.

It is suggested to perform a preliminary evaluation of the manuscript al first. Although there is a previous filtering of all received manuscripts by the Editorial Board, the manuscript may not need a thorough review if presenting serious deficiencies in its contents (theoretical background, methods, data analysis, etc.), or if the quality of language is not good enough. If you appraise an interesting line of research in the manuscript, you can warn the author, along with some suggestions and/or useful references.

If after the preliminary evaluation the reviewer notes the interest and quality of the manuscript, it is recommended to proceed with further review, assessing at least the following aspects:

• The topic of the manuscript fits to RAMA.

• The manuscript is a good contribution to the knowledge of some aspect of martial arts and/or related topics.

• The writing is clear and precise.

• The manuscript is well structured into sections for easier reading and understanding.

• The title matches with the content of the manuscript.

• The summary properly informs about the different sections of the manuscript.

• There are clear objectives that guide the development of the contents of the manuscript.

• The information and references provided are relevant and, if appropriate, would make feasible the replication of the study.

• Statistical analysis, if any, is accurate.

• The results are clearly presented.

• Tables, illustrations and/or images are necessary and suitable.

• The manuscript convincingly develops the reasoning, theories or theses included within it.

• The conclusions are derived from the evidences outlined in the article.

• References to practical applications or the practical significance of the research are included.

• The bibliographical references are relevant and necessary.

• All authors cited in the text appear in the reference list, and vice versa.

• The reference list is updated.

• References are correctly written.

Based on this analysis, the reviewer will recommend acceptance, acceptance with minor changes, revision of the manuscript for a new evaluation, or rejection of the manuscript.

The final review report will include a section addressed to the Editor, in which the final recommendation is informed, and a section for authors, in which the reviewer evaluates the manuscript. The reviewer's proposal on the acceptance or rejection of the article must not appear in this section; on the contrary, it is recommended to make a general evaluation of the manuscript, focused on its strengths and weaknesses, and a specific evaluation focused on more precise details of content and style.


Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas - RAMA

I.S.S.N. 2174-0747

Attached to the Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of León (Spain)

Edited by the Publications Office, University of León

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