For 30 years, I have been honored to be at the helm of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) and watching us chase the dream of “bridging the gap” between the scientist and the practitioner. What started as a pullout of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Journal in 1987 has grown exponentially. When I signed on for one more 5-year term as your Editor-In-Chief in 2012, my goal was to take the JSCR, which was being published each month, to a sustainable level of performance. Over the past 5 years, we have published over 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles each year, indicating we have achieved that goal. Thus, I felt that it was time for me to close this service aspect of my career. Furthermore, we all should be proud because the metrics of the JSCR have grown and played a major role historically in the world of exercise and sport science allowing one to better understand and develop strength and conditioning programs (1).
Although sport science is still in its embryonic period for many sports, I want to thank the members of the NSCA who have made this organization more than a pure coaching organization by investing in the use of science and evidence-based practices to better design and understand conditioning programs. Importantly, I thank all the scientists around the world and their laboratory groups for their JSCR submissions of high-quality science. I want to thank all our past presidents and Boards of Directors who are from different composite backgrounds, goals, and ideas but have supported and have seen the value of such a journal enterprise for the organization and stood by it each year. I also want to thank visionary Executive Directors, Mr. Ken Kontor, Ms. Maelu Fleck, the late Mr. Robert Jursnick, and our current Executive Director, Mr. Michael Massik, for their fervent support of the JSCR's growth and development.
In addition, the NSCA Headquarters have been outstanding in their support including our publication liaisons from Dr. Andrew Fry (later to be a doctoral fellow of mine at Penn State) in the late 80s to our current publication liaison, Mr. Keith Cinea, for their day-to-day and week-to-week support of our operation. To Ms. Joan Kraemer, our managing editor, who works so hard each day to keep the information flow going in what is essentially a 3-ring circus in the editorial world of the journal since 1991, we all owe her a debt of gratitude for being the face of the journal to so many authors and editorial members. We are also indebted to our publication partners from Human Kinetics to Allen Press to our current publisher Wolters Kluwer-Lippincott Williams & Wilkins each who have played a significant role in our evolution as a journal over the past 30 years.
Finally, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the multitude of hardworking past and present Senior Associate Editors and Associate Editor Board members along with the countless number of reviewers around the world for their dedication to the editorial mission and process. It has been exciting to watch the growth of the scientific core of the NSCA from the first journal to its present form.
With Dr. Nicholas A. Ratamess taking the helm of the journal as our new Editor-In-Chief along with an outstanding group of Senior Associate Editors and Editorial Board members, this journal will continue to serve the organization as a key pillar of its educational mission. In 1978, as a new member and coach at the time, it was apparent to me that the NSCA had so many service opportunities that allowed people to grow and develop in their careers. Helping others is what it is all about in our field of education, teaching, coaching, and research. I have had the opportunity to serve the NSCA in so many different capacities over the years and as JSCR Editor for 30 years. I thank you all for your support and look forward to helping as a member as the NSCA continues to provide the educational and research base for strength and conditioning.
1. Kraemer WJ, Ratamess NA, Flanagan SD, Shurley JP, Todd JS, Todd TC. Understanding the science of resistance training: An evolutionary perspective. Sports Med 47: 2415–2435, 2017.