Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR), an official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), publishes two types of review papers: brief review articles and Perspectives for Progress. Each type of article has specific criteria:
Brief Review Articles: the most common type of paper, must present a novel hypothesis that is derived from several of the authors’ peer-reviewed publications. These papers are required to provide a rationale for why a particular outcome can be predicted based on the existing literature. In an effort to reach a broad audience, including those who are not experts on the topic, authors are required to develop a succinct hypothesis, provide a declarative title that states the main point of the paper, include a list of 3–5 key points about the paper, present a schematic figure of the hypothesis, and not exceed the limit of 50 citations.
Perspectives for Progress: senior investigators who are still active in research provide a synthesis of the current state in a particular field, identify gaps in knowledge, suggest key questions that need to be addressed, and are limited to 150 citations.
At its annual meeting in 2018, one of the goals set by the ESSR editorial board was to publish at least one Perspectives for Progress paper in each issue of the journal. We met this goal by publishing five of these papers and appear poised to repeat this effort. You can see these and previously published Perspectives for Progress papers in an online collection (http://journals.lww.com/acsm-essr/pages/collectiondetails.aspx?TopicalCollectionId=25).
Another goal set by the editorial board was to raise the impact factor for the journal from 4.431 in 2017 to a value of ≥ 5.0 within the next few years. We were thrilled that the 2018 impact factor, which is released annually in the summer, exceeded that goal with a value of 5.065 for our journal. Although much has been written about the merit of an impact factor, it remains a critical factor in our ability to attract high quality authors to publish their work in our journal.
The online-only features for ESSR continue to expand the reach of the journal. Authors are encouraged to upload audio, video, or data/text files that enhance their paper. Authors should refer to the ESSR Instructions for Authors or contact the Editorial Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific guidelines on these digital features. Additionally, authors of papers that are of special interest may be encouraged to provide online-only features. These digital features make the article content more accessible to key ESSR audiences, including students and the professors who teach them. In addition to the Journal Club discussion questions and video abstracts, ESSR debuted visual abstracts with the 2018 October issue.
Of course, the success of the ESSR hinges on the Associate Editors who recruit authors to write these engaging articles. On behalf of the Journal, I would thank the outgoing editorial board members who contributed to ESSR throughout their terms: Susan V. Brooks, Jane A. Kent, and Inge Zijdewind. We also welcome to the editorial board: Kimberly Huey, Alena Grabowski, and Shigehiko Ogoh.
To read more about ESSR article types and to learn how to submit a proposal, 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.