From the Editor

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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 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 article, include a list of 3–5 key points about the paper, and are limited to 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.
Although there have been too few Perspectives for Progress papers in recent years, the ESSR Editorial Board set a goal to publish at least three of these comprehensive reviews in 2017. I am pleased to say that we met this goal with three excellent papers on mitochondria and sarcopenia, exercise medicine, and physical activity and muscle pain. You can see these and previously published Perspectives for Progress papers in an online collection ( In addition, the ESSR Editorial Board accepted 24 brief review articles.
The online-only features for ESSR continue to give a broader reach to the journal. Authors are encouraged to upload audio, video, or data/text files that enhance their article. Authors should refer to the ESSR Instructions for Authors or contact the editorial office ( for specific guidelines on these digital features.
The journal impact factor came in at 4.431 for 2016. Despite the acknowledged limitations of this metric, the impact factor does influence the willingness of some authors to contribute papers to our journal, and we want to make an invited opportunity as enticing as possible. ACSM’s journal publishing partner, Wolters Kluwer, has provided an alternative measure of article reach by measuring online attention and activity (Figure).
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 thank the outgoing editorial board members who contributed to ESSR throughout their terms: Donald R. Dengel and Edward L. Melanson. Additionally, we would like to announce that long-time Associate Editor Steve Alway has agreed to serve as the Associate Editor-in-Chief for ESSR. He will oversee new proposals within the following categories: Immunology, Genetics, and Endocrinology; Metabolism and Nutrition; and Skeletal Muscle, Bone, and Connective Tissue.
To read more about ESSR article types and to learn how to submit a proposal, visit the ESSR Instructions for Authors page: You can continue to share your ideas, thoughts, and insights by e-mailing us at
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