EDITORIAL

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Effective this month, I am the new editor-in-chief (EIC) of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE®). This is not only a great honor and responsibility but also somewhat of a surprise. I remember very well my first independent project as a graduate student in the early 1970s. My study involved the relationship between team success in a national volleyball tournament and measures such as vertical jump and anaerobic power, but the manuscript reporting the findings was rejected by MSSE®. Certainly at that time, I never dreamed that I would someday have the privilege of leading the journal. Today, as I assume this task, I do so with trepidation because of the highly talented and accomplished line of EICs who have preceded me: from Bruno Balke, to Elsworth Buskirk, to Howard Knuttgen, to Charlie Tipton, to Peter Raven, to Kent Pandolf, and finally, my immediate predecessor, Andrew Young. I am reassured by the fact that I will be working with Managing Editor Kenneth Wilson and his excellent staff.
My foremost priority is to largely continue the philosophy and procedures of outgoing EIC Young. Under the guidance of Dr. Young and his excellent editorial team, MSSE® has risen dramatically in terms of impact factor (4.475 for 2012) and currently ranks fourth among journals in the sports science category. Simply put, Dr. Young has done an outstanding job, and he leaves a lustrous imprint on the journal. I will make every attempt to continue those advances (a) by providing timely reviews to accelerate publication of new findings, (b) by minimizing in-press time for accepted manuscripts, and (c) by striving to accept only the best submissions in terms of originality, importance, and quality of results, relative to all submissions in their field. Well-written manuscripts that report only incremental advances will not be competitive for acceptance; acceptable manuscripts must be unique, innovative, and impactful. I encourage scientists with interests across the range of sports medicine to strongly consider MSSE® as a research outlet with the understanding that the standards are necessarily rigorous. The reward for acceptance will be publication in a premier journal.
Although some readers raise occasional criticisms about the wide variety of research topics published in the journal, I believe strongly that MSSE® should not become a specialty journal. As the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, MSSE® is distributed to every regular member and should serve the broad interests of the college membership. As the revered Bruno Balke editorialized in the first ever issue of MSSE® in 1969, “… reports may deal with experimental or clinical studies of medical, physiological, psychological, or sociological interactions between man and various environments of his chosen sport. Sports, in this perspective, are envisioned as encompassing all varieties of physical exercises which people may engage in for the purpose of learning and enjoying physical skills; for the purpose of training and conditioning the efficiency of organic functions and of complex neuromuscular mechanisms; or for the purpose of struggling with obstacles set by nature and the environment.” During my editorship, MSSE® will continue to serve the varied interests of American College of Sports Medicine, and I will strive to ensure the acceptance of only the premier submissions within each interest area to maintain uniform excellence throughout each issue.
My editorial team is in place. A significant number of Dr. Young’s excellent associate editors remain, and I have added additional highly respected scholars who are dedicated to rapid response times and attention to rigorous standards of excellence.
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