As the Editor-in-Chief of Strength and Conditioning Journal, I would like to welcome you to the new publication year of 2014. Issue 1 is a special topic issue on Coaching Education in the strength and conditioning profession, a very important topic. At times overlooked, preparing young strength and conditioning practitioners to work in our field is perhaps one of most important tasks an experienced coach can take on. While the topics in this issue may seem a little different from the typical topics covered in Strength and Conditioning Journal, the importance of this topic area cannot be understated.
Special topic issues, in particular, require a great deal of work and a special effort on the behalf of the Guest Editor, Dr. Brian Gearity. I would like to thank Dr. Gearity for his hard work, diligence, and perseverance in bringing this topic to publication. Dr. Gearity’s expertise in the area of preparing and training coaches has added an important component to our knowledge base in the field. This undertaking would also not be possible without the hard work of the reviewers and authors who contributed to this important issue.
As you look through the Table of Contents of this issue, I am sure you will note, as I did, a number of interesting topics that will make an important contribution to our field.
With the variety of topics presented in this issue, I trust that you will find practical information you can use either as a young growing practitioner in the field, or as an experienced coach with information to share with the next generation of strength coaches.
As we start a new publication year, please review the 2014 Instructions for Authors. A well-prepared manuscript that follows these instructions is one of the best ways to make a positive impression on the editors and reviewers when you submit a paper to the journal for review.
SCJ publishes "video abstracts" for inclusion in the electronic version available online. Video abstracts should be submitted on or before the "Minor Revisions” stage and the “Accepted for Publication” stage. Authors can prepare a Video Abstract and submit this digital file along with the manuscript. Guidelines for preparation of the Video Abstract, along with links to sample Video Abstracts, can be found here:
The video abstracts that have been submitted to date add a new dimension to the information provided in the article. The video abstract will provide the author an opportunity to highlight important aspects of the manuscript.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
I encourage you to consider submitting an article to Strength and Conditioning Journal. Go to the Editorial Manager website, http://www.editorialmanager.com/scj/default.asp, and submit your manuscript according to the instructions provided. Please notice the updated Instructions for Authors for 2014.
Topics of Interest:
- Tactical Strength and Conditioning
- Personal Training
- Special Populations
If you need assistance to get started, please contact SCJManagingEditor@gmail.com.
T. Jeff Chandler, EdD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA, Editor in Chief