Editorial Policy


Acta Taekwondo et Martialis Artium (ATMA) publishes articles of high quality on a biannual basis. ATMA aims to promote the sport and art of Taekwondo and provide related information that improves physical, mental and emotional well-being, enhances social relationships and sportsmanship, promotes advances in treatment and prevention of injuries, and improves results in competition at all levels.



The ATMA editorial policy adheres to the multidisciplinary goals of the International Association for Taekwondo Research (IATR), which is to promote scientific investigation and scholarship within the following sub-disciplines of Taekwondo, combat sports, and martial arts research: (a) Biochemistry, (b) Biomechanics and Motor Control, (c) Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, (d) Marketing, (e) Pedagogy, (f) Philosophy, (g) Physiology and Nutrition, (h) Psychology, and (i) Sociology. Manuscripts related to other marital arts such as Kung Fu, Jujitsu, and Karate will also be considered. The Journal invites submission of original research articles, review articles of Taekwondo literature, and book reviews related to the sub-disciplines listed above.



ATMA is an online, open-access, multidisciplinary academic journal. Its articles are free to download from this website. The IATR does not charge subscriptions or pay-per-view fees.


Publishing Schedule

ATMA is published biannually in June and December. Submissions must be received three months prior to the publication date to be considered for the next issue.


Peer Review Statement

All manuscript submissions will undergo an initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief or an Associate Editor. If found to be within the scope of the Journal, an additional review will be conducted by two independent, anonymous (double blind) reviewers. Authors and reviewers will be anonymous with each other.


Reviewers access the article’s originality, value to its field of research, research quality, and adherence to ethics and procedural standards by completing the ATMA Reviewer Form, which will be provided by the IATR. Reviewers provide a written summary, interpret the results, and state the relevance of the manuscript. Their evaluations are concluded with one of the four following decisions:

  • Publish (no edits required)

  • Publish after minor editing

  • Publish after major editing

  • Resubmit de novo (Resubmit as a new manuscript)


Ethical Standards

The IATR and ATMA editors will take all reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. The Journal and its editors will identify, discourage, and prevent all unethical misconduct from occurring at each stage of manuscript publication. The IATR and its editors will deal with all allegations of misconduct, ethical or otherwise, promptly, appropriately, and within the standards outlined within the International Association for Taekwondo Research Constitution and its bylaws.


Corrections, Retractions, Apologies, and Clarifications

The Editor-in-Chief will publish all corrections, apologies, clarifications, and retractions in the next possible issue of ATMA. The Editor-in-Chief will contact an article’s authors by letter or email in the event that erroneous information is provided; a legitimate complaint is filed; and/or an alteration, change, or amendment is identified and deemed necessary. If a correction is required, authors will address the correction by updating the article in a manner that clearly identifies the alternations made, and the corrected article will be republished with a note of the correction. In the event of a retraction, the Editor-in-Chief will notify the authors, remove the article from the website, and make a statement of retraction in the next issue of the Journal.



All authors will acknowledge that submission of their manuscript is original, has not been published previously, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere by signing a copyright agreement and transfer to the IATR at the time of submission (ATMA Copyright Form). Authors are expected to obtain permission from any copyright holder(s) to include in their manuscripts any evidence (including text passages, figures, data, and images) and all other copyrighted material from the individuals or parties which hold those rights. Authors will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the abovementioned requirements. 


ATMA assumes that all materials submitted without copyright documentation represent the authors’ original ideas. ATMA additionally reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the abovementioned requirements. If a manuscript is declined for publication for any reason, the Editor-in-Chief will provide prompt notice of its decision to the corresponding author, which will terminate this contract, and neither the author nor ATMA will be under any further liability or obligation.


By signing the ATMA Copyright Form, authors certify that they possess no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. All funding sources supporting the article and all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors will be acknowledged in the manuscript. Authors will also certify that their institution has approved the protocol for any investigation involving humans or animals and that all experimentation was conducted in conformity with ethical and humane principles of research. 


ATMA Copyright Form


Archival Process

Back issues of ATMA are preserved by Korean Studies Information Service System and other international online indexes.



ATMA is owned and operated by the International Association for Taekwondo Research (IATR), which is headquartered at Kyung Hee University in Yongin, Korea. The IATR is an academic organization dedicated to Taekwondo, combat sports, and martial arts research. The current IATR President is Dr. Jong-Kook Song. The Journal’s editorial procedures were established by the Editor-in-Chief and IATR President to adhere the highest academic standards possible. The standards are maintained by the Editor-in-Chief, associate editors, and copy editor throughout the editorial process.

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