The 2014 Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) impact factor (released summer 2015) is 4.259. The Journal is ranked fourth in Sport Sciences category. Despite the limitations of the metrics that underlie an impact factor, it remains a significant criterion when recruiting authors to share their knowledge with our readers. To help us maintain a strong impact factor, we ask that you cite relevant ESSR articles in your peer-reviewed publications whenever appropriate.
Each article we publish must establish a rationale for a novel hypothesis that is illustrated in a conceptual figure. To accomplish this goal, authors must synthesize the contemporary literature on a topic, including several of their own peer-reviewed publications, and then extrapolate this knowledge to an emergent idea that represents opportunities for future research. Moreover, articles must be understandable by a broad audience. Our intent is to engage nonexperts in the field, especially those who are early in their careers and have a wide range of interests.
As an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) publication, we strive to include content in ESSR that is of interest to the entire membership of the College. This is accomplished by soliciting reviews on the topics used by ACSM to categorize the presentations at its annual meeting. This means that our topics must extend from Athlete Care and Clinical Medicine through Skeletal Muscle, Bone, and Connective Tissue. In addition, there must be a balance in the level of analysis, which can extend from molecules to populations. In 2015, for example, the levels of analysis in our articles ranged from work on cell responses in osteoarthritic knee joint cartilage through the clinical classification of heart failure patients using cardiac function during exercise. Of course, many articles present a hypothesis that involves the integration of knowledge across multiple levels of analysis. The articles being prepared for publication in 2016 will cover a similar range in the level of analysis. We expect 2016 to be another banner year for the Journal.
On behalf of the Journal, I also thank the outgoing editorial board members who contributed to ESSR throughout their terms: Associate Editor-in-Chief Stephen Roth, Daniel Ferris, Romain Meeusen, Pope Moseley, Ron Plotnikoff, LaDora Thompson, Dianne Ward, Kenneth Wright, and E. Paul Zehr. We also welcome to the editorial board the following individuals whose expertise in the ACSM categories varies in Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement; Cardiovascular, Renal, and Respiratory; Metabolism and Nutrition; Skeletal Muscle, Bone and Connective Tissue – Louise Burke, Paul DeVita, Karyn Esser, Jane A. Kent, Janet Taylor, and Anni Vanhatalo.
To read more about ESSR article types and to learn how to submit your ideas, visit the ESSR Instructions for Authors page: http://edmgr.ovid.com/essr/accounts/ifauth.htm. You can continue to share your ideas, thoughts, and insights by e-mailing us at ESSR@acsm.org.
Roger M. Enoka, Ph.D.