My third full year as Editor-in-Chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise ® (MSSE ®) has been completed with many significant accomplishments but with a few remaining challenges. Significant changes have again been made involving the Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board during this past year. Associate Editors Lynis Dohm, Ph.D., FACSM (Carbohydrate, Lipid, Protein Metabolism), Michael Feltner, Ph.D., FACSM (Biomechanics), and Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., FACSM (Epidemiology), who each served 2- or 3-year terms for me, have moved onto other professional endeavors. After considering the overall needs of the journal in terms of research area coverage, L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM, Steven McCaw, Ph.D., FACSM, and I-Min Lee, M.D., Sc.D., FACSM, have agreed to serve as new Associate Editors. In addition, several new members have again been added to the Editorial Board based on their extensive service as reviewers for the journal during the previous year.
The ISI® Science Citation Index has released its impact factors and journal rankings for calendar year 2002 involving 69 journals in the Sports Sciences category. MSSE ® was ranked second among these 69 journals. From 1996 through 2002, MSSE ® has been ranked higher than its chief competition during the majority of these years
One of my goals each year is to improve upon the review process from a time-management standpoint. We continue to achieve this goal as both the average submission-to-acceptance and average submission-to-rejection rates have been reduced from 2002 to 2003. Ideal acceptance rates for scientific journals are in the 30–35% range. The acceptance rate for calendar year 2002 was approximately 36%. Ideal production (in-press) time should be in the 120- to 180-day range. From the figure, it can be seen that this journal’s production (in-press) time has been less than 150 days from July 2002 through December 2003. Thus, MSSE ® is close to achieving an ideal acceptance rate and has achieved an ideal in-press time. As Editor-in-Chief of MSSE ®, I intend to improve upon the current acceptance rate and maintain our in-press time during the remainder of my term. Mr. Kenneth O. Wilson, our Managing Editor, Mrs. Lori A. Tish and Ms. Terry Rice, our Editorial Assistants, and my Associate Editors are the main reasons why the journal currently operates so efficiently.
The journal cover has changed for 2004 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the College with a gold 50th Anniversary logo appearing on the cover. For calendar year 2003, MSSE ® published three Symposia Proceedings from the 48th or 49th Annual Meetings of the College. In addition, MSSE ® published an update of the Special Report entitled, “The Human Gene Map for Performance and Health-Related Fitness Phenotypes: The 2002 Update.” Starting in the June 2003 issue, a series of Historical Perspectives commemorating ACSM’s 50th Anniversary appeared and will continue through the May 2004 issue. Twelve topical categories have been selected for personal historical perspectives, which are representative of the content historically published in MSSE ® and that historically presented at our Annual Meeting. During 2004, three Symposia Proceedings from the 50th Annual Meeting should appear in addition to both the Wolfe and Dill Lectures commemorating both the 50th Annual Meeting and the 50th Anniversary of the College.
I expect to preview Symposia at the 51st Annual Meeting of the College in Indianapolis and subsequently invite up to six Symposia Chairpersons from this meeting to submit their Symposiums Proceedings for publication consideration. If you would like me to preview your Symposium for journal publication consideration at the upcoming ACSM Annual Meeting, please contact me.
Hopefully, the MSSE ® readership has noted some of the achievements mentioned in this Editorial. If you have any constructive suggestions to further improve MSSE ®, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.