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00005768-199801000-0000100005768_1998_30_1_raven_editorial_1editorial< 17_0_2_0 >Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise©1998The American College of Sports MedicineVolume 30(1)January 1998p 1Editorial[Editorial]RAVEN, PETER B. PH.D.,EDITOR-IN-CHIEFThirty years and counting1998 marks the 30th anniversary of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. Initially launched in March 1964 as a quarterly journal entitled Medicine and Science in Sports, the Journal grew to a bimonthly issue 1980-1990 and has been issued monthly since 1991. At the recent American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, Eugene Garfield, Chair Emeritus of ISI, provided a citation ranking of sports medicine research from 1981-1996. MSSE ranked first in manuscripts published (N = 4487), first in citations (N = 22,666), and fifth in journal impact (5.05 cites per paper). The first-ranked impact journal based upon cites per paper was Exercise and Sports Science Reviews with 17.5 cites per paper. In 1995 when science journals like ESSR were not indexed, MSSE ranked first in impact factor with 1.483 cites per paper.As I have noted, the acceptance of a journal in providing an avenue of publication for scientific information of interest to the community of scientists can be judged by its longevity, its volume size, and now its impact factor. Because of the sound editorial policies initiated by my predecessors Balke, Buskirk, Knuttgen, and Tipton, the Journal has developed into an accepted benchmark of scientific quality. Bolstered by its high impact factor, its format of peer review, and an acceptance/rejection ratio of 35% to 65%, the Journal has achieved recognition in some of the hallowed halls of promotion and tenure committees, funding agencies, and the scientific community at large.After becoming editor-in-chief in 1988, I initiated the sectional structure of each issue to represent more clearly the interdisciplinary nature of the readership and submitting authors. We receive 48% of submissions from non-U.S. institutions and, surprisingly, 70% of the contributing authors are non-ACSM members. As an additional effort to provide for the readership, we initiated a bi-annual clinical supplement, reports of selected abstracts of published manuscripts from our international colleagues, and published a Spanish translation of selected MSSE articles in the journal Rivista Iberoamericana de Medicina del Deporte of Argentina.With the growth in sophistication of the technology of publishing and reviewing, we have begun to use the Internet for reviewing and then transmitting manuscripts to the publisher with the view to full electronic publishing in the near future. Online publishing will be a reality if the economies remain profitable for both the College and the publisher.As with all new ventures, our initial foray into the electronic process has had its glitches of technology and process and, therefore, its detractors. Hopefully, as our process becomes more complete and incompatibilities of different computer platforms are eliminated, the electronic review process will become accepted as one way to alleviate the time commitment of reviewers and associate editors. I believe this is the next step necessary for the Journal to meet the challenges of the 21st century.As we look to the future I wish to thank all the authors, reviewers, associate editors and Editorial Board Members for their support. They are fundamental to the growth in impact of the Journal. However, challenges remain and as I continue my watch, I ask that our scientists and clinicians submit their best work and that the associate editors and reviewers strive to surpass their previous efforts by being more conscientious in their professional commitment to our colleagues by providing timely and objective reviews. It is only by all our efforts that the Journal can continue to ascend the ladder of scientific eminence.PETER B. RAVEN, PH.D.EDITOR-IN-CHIEFEditorialRAVEN, PETER B. PH.D.,EDITOR-IN-CHIEFEditorial130