Supporting the ECSS’s mission to “disseminate high quality, innovative science and its application”, the newly established EJSS Best Paper Award aims to create a stronger link between the journal and congress, in terms of readership, engagement, and high quality science.

EJSS Section Editors have been busily working through the articles published in their sections in Volume 16, 2016, and have nominated their selections based on:

  • originality
  • significance
  • methodological rigour
  • potential impact

EJSS statistics

  • EJSS publishes content across 5 sections: Sports and Exercise Medicine and Health; Applied Sport Sciences; Physiology and Nutrition; Biomechanics and Motor Control; and Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • In 2015 and 2016 combined, EJSS received a total of 1,725 submissions.
  • EJSS had an 85% rejection rate during this period.
  • The top 10 published author countries in 2016 include: 1. UK, 2. Spain, 3. USA, 4. Australia, 5. France, 6. Brazil, 7. Canada, 8. Germany, 9. Japan, and 10. Denmark.

The results

The results are now in and we can confirm the below papers have been ranked in the Volume 16 EJSS Best Paper Award!

Click each paper’s title for free access.


Author: Lennart Raudsepp
Title: Bidirectional association between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1174312

Runner up

Authors: Stine D. Søndergård, Flemming Dela, Jørn W. Helge, Steen Larsen
Title: Actovegin, a non-prohibited drug increases oxidative capacity in human skeletal muscle
Published in Volume 16, Issue 7 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1130750

Third place

Authors: Andreas M. Kasper, Scott Cocking, Molly Cockayne, Marcus Barnard, Jake Tench, Liam Parker, John McAndrew, Carl Langan-Evans, Graeme L. Close, James P. Morton
Title: Carbohydrate mouth rinse and caffeine improves high-intensity interval running capacity when carbohydrate restricted
Published in Volume 16, Issue 5 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1041063

Equally placed

Authors: Dace Reihmane, Martin Gram, Andreas Vigelsø, Jørn W. Helge, Flemming Dela
Title: Exercise promotes IL-6 release from legs in older men with minor response to unilateral immobilization
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1111939

Authors: Victor Wennemar Wiltmann, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Pasi Pelttari, Jussi Mikkola, Keijo Häkkinen, Olli Ohtonen, Vesa Linnamo
Title: Biomechanical analysis of different starting strategies utilized during cross-country skiing starts
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1177605
Authors: Adam S. Gale-Watts, Alan M. Nevill
Title: From endurance to power athletes: The changing shape of successful male professional tennis players
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1192690
Authors: Andrew M. Lane, Tracey J. Devonport, Andrew P. Friesen, Christopher J. Beedie, Christopher L. Fullerton, Damian M. Stanley
Title: How should I regulate my emotions if I want to run faster?
Published in Volume 16, Issue 4 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1080305

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the ‘EJSS Best Paper’ award for the 2016 calendar year is Bidirectional association between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls by Dr Lennart Raudsepp. Following an exhaustive review and nomination process, this paper was selected based on a high level of originality, significance, methodological rigour, and potential impact. The EJSS Editors were impressed by the design of this large-scale, longitudinal study which provides new insight into this important topic and has significant implications for future practice.
– Professor Andrew Jones

What happens next?

  • The ECSS Office will be in touch with all first authors by email.
  • The award ceremony will take place at the closing ceremony of the 2017 ECSS Congress in Essen, Germany. The award will be announced and the winner will be called to the stage by the congress Chair. A cheque will be presented to the winner by Editor-in-Chief, Professor Andrew Jones and ECSS President, Professor Tim Cable.
  • Please note: Prize money (€1000 cheque) is only granted if collected in person at the congress.


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