European Journal of Sport Science: Publishing Excellence - MR 09.12.2014
In order of appearance
Kate Nuttall (KN) @k8nuttall
Professor Tim Cable (TC)
Dr Sharief Hendricks (SH) @Sharief_H
Professor Asker Jeukendrup (AsJ) @Jeukendrup
Rachel Drew (RD)
Professor Marco Narici (MN)
Professor Andrew Jones (AJ) @andybeetroot
Dr Lee Romer (LR)
Dr Philip Friere Skiba (FSK)
Professor Kevin Thompson (KT) @KevinT_UCRISE
Dr Mark Wilson (MW) @markwilson_psy
Professor Jan Cabri (JC)
SH: The future looks bright.
KN: Hi, I’m here at the 2014 ECSS Congress in Amsterdam to give you an inside perspective on the European Journal of Sport Science.
Music interlude and opening credits
Part 1: Past to Present
MN: The College was started in 1996, with the congress in Nice.
TC: Five years in to the Conference we founded the European Journal of Sport Science and that Journal has grown from strength to strength and is now building a really significant impact factor in the world of sport and exercise sciences.
RD: It’s reaching an increasingly wide readership, so, usage of the Journal (full text downloads), is going up significantly year on year.
AsJ: It was very exciting to see the Journal develop in just a few years from a very tiny, little, small Journal, to a very well respected Journal nowadays.
AJ: I think we’re really well positioned now for the future, we’ve got MEDLINE™ listing for the first time ever, our Impact Factor has gone up, we published a supplement just this last year to really bring down the backlog of articles that we had and I think that the time of acceptance of an original or a review article to print publication is down to about five or six months now.
Part 2: EJSS is Unique
TC: The European Journal of Sport Science is different from other journals because it allows our scientists to publish the work that they do in a really applied setting.
AsJ: The Journal is really diverse, it has topics that go from like one side of the spectrum would be history of sport science for example, to, very molecular type papers and everything in between.
AJ: It’s a relatively young Journal and I think we’re able to sort of move with the times. We’ve got a newly appointed Social Media Editor, for example, so we’re interested not just in citations in academic terms for the articles that are published in the Journal, but also getting maximum impact and exposure for the work that’s published there too.
SH: Communication is really important. Social Media gives us a way to reach our audience in a real time, very quickly, and also a very wide and broad audience.
Part 3: EJSS Benefits
AJ: Number one: MEDLINE™ listing, so if your paper is accepted then it will be very visible to the world. Number two: short time lag from acceptance to both online and print publication and number three: it’s just a cool and snappy, snazzy place to publish in at the moment.
MN: It offers Open Access, so we are keeping up with the current trend.
AsJ: The audience is a range of people from very basic Scientists to very applied Scientists.
LR: The work is becoming more cited year on year and overall I think the quality is rising and consequently that it’s a great avenue for showing your work a much broader audience.
PFS: EJSS is one of the premier journals in Europe at this point, in terms of sport science. But there is really a synergy forming between sport science and sport medicine, because sport medicine is a relatively young field in Europe. By publishing in the Journal at this point you have a real opportunity to develop your name in the field.
KT: The Section Editors, they are all people that have been involved in sport at a high level, maybe in sport science support as well as being academics as well, so they understand where you’re coming from and I think they’ll give your article a good chance.
Part 4: Expert Advice
KT: It’s very competitive these days to get published in any journal and this one is no different. So to get it very, very close to perfect is a good thing before you send it.
TC: Have a really sexy title that has meaning for the membership, or people that are going to read the article in the Journal, that sets your work apart from other articles.
AJ: If you think about it, it’s the Editor and the Readers and the Reviewers, the first thing that they’ll see after the Title will be the Abstract and so those 250 words are really important. So, I would certainly recommend that authors spend as much time as is possible really perfecting that Abstract, making it as good as it possibly could be.
PFS: Three of four other Physicians perhaps that you only peripherally know. You don’t want your best friends telling you: “ah yeah, this is great you should submit it!” What you really want are people who are going to be really critical of your work and say: “actually, I would put this down after the first page”.
LR: Make sure that you’re following the guidelines, put your best foot forward and go for it. And best of luck!
MC: At the end of the day, you must tell a nice story. You must tell a nice story to attract the reader, presenting innovative data.
Part 5: Visibility
RD: We’re increasingly promoting it [the Journal] through Twitter for example. We send out Table of Content alerts to alert people to new content that has come out, and we also do article collections which are quite exciting. So we gather content from articles online in a virtual collection and it can be journal specific or across a range of journals and then we promote that by making it free to access and promoting it through all of our e-marketing channels.
SH: The primary purpose is to give exposure for the European Journal of Sport Science. The strategy for that is to tweet our ‘ahead of print’ papers, our ‘current edition’ papers, and also for example, come up with ways to tweet our ‘most cited’ and ‘most read’ papers.
Part 6: Editor’s Final Message
AJ: It has a lot to offer, it has a number of sections and I’d be very surprised if the work that you do doesn’t fit somewhere within our sections. We’ll be able to find a Section Editor that is able to handle your manuscript. It has PubMed listing/MEDLINE™ listing now, such that when the paper is published, assuming that it is – and I’m not saying it’s easy to be published, because only around 25% of the papers that are submitted to us are eventually published – but if it is, it will be found by your Colleagues around the world, who are interested in that same area, and if it’s accepted it will be published online immediately and actually in print publication within five to six months which is extremely rapid in our field. So, lots of advantages to publishing in EJSS and I hope people will consider it.
Part 7: Coming Up…
MW: Some of the topics I’d like to see published is again maybe a bit more on Psychophysiology, some of the things that I’m personally interested in, but also it fits with the multidisciplinary nature of the Journal. So the fact that these link between areas, so it’s not just Psychology, it’s not just Physiology, it’s Psychophysiology!
JC: I would like to even more promote the Biomechanics and the Neuromuscular Control area.
KT: There’s been a big increase in Team Sport, e.g. basketball, football or soccer.
AJ: In fact, many of our most cited articles are in sports nutrition, so we’re quite excited about this special issue which focuses specifically on that. And I think in the future we hope to do more in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Health also, certainly a hot topic at the moment is Concussion and we’re currently planning a special issue on that subject.
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