Impact factors of journals in sport and exercise science and medicine for 2010.
Abstract: The biggest gain this year in the impact factor (mean cites per article per year) for journals specializing in exercise or sport science or medicine was that of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, now on 1.5 (up by 88% from last year's 0.8). Other journals with gains of at least 30% include Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (3.0), Journal of Athletic Training (2.5), Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (2.5), Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2.2), Pediatric Exercise Science (1.6), Journal of Sport and Social Issues (1.0), and International Journal of Sport Psychology (1.0). Journals gaining by 10-30% include Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (3.2), British Journal of Sports Medicine (2.5), Human Movement Science (2.1), Applied Physiology Nutrition & Metabolism (2.0), Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (1.3), and Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review (1.2). The following journals showed little change: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (3.7), Sports Medicine (3.1), Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports (2.3), Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2.2), International Journal of Sports Medicine (1.6), American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1.6), Journal of Sports Sciences (1.6), Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (1.5), Clinics in Sports Medicine (1.3), and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1.1). Journals dropping by more than 10% were Exercise Immunology Review (2.4), Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (1.6), Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (1.5), and International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (1.2). There are five newcomers: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (0.6), Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (0.5), Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness (0.6), Journal of Human Kinetics (0.4), and Journal of Sport Economics (0.6). A site devoted to a democratic publication process was launched this year. KEYWORDS: citation, publication, research.
Subject: Periodicals (Rankings)
Periodicals (Influence)
Periodicals (Evaluation)
Author: Hopkins, Will G.
Pub Date: 01/01/2010
Publication: Name: Sportscience Publisher: Internet Society for Sport Science Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Internet Society for Sport Science ISSN: 1174-9210
Issue: Date: Annual, 2010 Source Volume: 14
Product: Product Code: 2721000 Periodicals NAICS Code: 51112 Periodical Publishers SIC Code: 2721 Periodicals
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia; New Zealand Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia; 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 297427052
Full Text: Update Dec 2010. Added International Journal of Coaching Science and International Journal of Computer Science in Sport to the list.

Updates Sept 2010. I had omitted two newcomers: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (0.6), and Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (0.5). Also, I asked WebMedCentral for information on the identity and credentials of the editorial team, but I got no reply.

This article is my annual update of the impact factor (mean cites per article per year) of journals in the disciplines of exercise and sport science and medicine, cribbed from the latest edition of Journal Citation Reports at the Thompson Reuters/ISI Web of Knowledge site.

Access to impact factors and other citation statistics for these and other journals requires an institutional subscription to Web of Science. Last year's update provides more information about the impact factor, its limitations, and related statistics. Table 1 shows the values of the impact factors, and the abstract above is a summary focusing on changes since last year.

In previous updates I have elaborated on the impact factor and other citation statistics. This year my increasing disenchantment with the peer-review and editorial process for some journals has prompted me to acquaint you with something different. One colleague (Carl Paton) recently brought my attention to WebMedCentral, a new publication site that is attempting to disseminate research findings in a more open and democratic manner than that of the traditional journals, dominated as they are by the autocracies of their disciplines. The idea behind the site is that practically everything gets published, but so do any non-anonymous reviews of the articles and the authors' responses. The articles themselves can also be updated. It's easy to think of ways this process won't work, and the publication format needs improving, but let's hope it will evolve in a self-correcting manner into something to challenge the usual journals. As yet there are no papers devoted to sport science at the site, and there is no information about the identity or credentials of the editorial team. I won't be submitting my research there yet.

Published Aug 2010. Updated Sept 2010. [c]2010

Will G Hopkins

Sport and Recreation, AUT University, Auckland 0627, New Zealand. Email. Reviewer: David Pyne, Department of

Physiology,

Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia.
Table 1: Impact factors (cites per article per year) for sport and
exercise science journals based on papers published in 2007 and
2008 that were cited in 2009. Some impact factors are shown as
inequalities, to comply with terms of use set by Thomson Reuters.
"<1.0" implies a value between 0.1 and 1.0. ??? indicates absence
from the database of a journal that was previously listed. A
journal without an impact factor is not in Thomson Reuter's
science or social sciences databases, either because the journal
is too new or the factor is too low. Color indicates direction and
magnitude of change in impact factor since last year, as follows:

<1.0 ****    ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal
2.8 ***      Acta Physiologica (Scandinavica)
0.9 ***      Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
             American Journal of Medicine and Sports
1.6 ****     American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
4.4 ***      American Journal of Physiology - Endo & Metab
3.7 ****     American Journal of Physiology - Heart & Circ
3.6 ****     American Journal of Sports Medicine
1.1 *****    Applied Ergonomics
2.0 ***      Applied Physiology Nutrition & Metabolism
<1.0 ***     Applied Psychological Measurement
1.8 **       Applied Psychology-International Review
2.2 ****     Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
<1.0 ****    Athletic Therapy Today
1.0 ***      Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine
2.9 *        Behavior Research Methods
<1.0 ****    Biology of Sport
2.5 ***      British Journal of Sports Medicine
1.8 ****     Clinical Biomechanics
1.5 ****     Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
1.3 ****     Clinics in Sports Medicine
             Current Sports Medicine Reports
???          Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Sportmedizin
             Electromyography and Motor Control
1.4 *****    Ergonomics
2.0 ****     European Journal of Applied Physiology
0.7 ****     European Journal of Sport Science
0.6 *        European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
             European Sports History Review
2.4 *****    Exercise Immunology Review
3.2 ***      Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
2.6 ****     Gait and Posture
1.6 ****     High Altitude Medicine and Biology
2.1 ***      Human Movement Science
             International Journal of Coaching Science
             International Journal of Computer Science in Sport
5.3 ****     International Journal of Epidemiology
             International Journal of History of Sport
             International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
1.2 *****    International J of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism
1.0 **       International Journal of Sport Psychology
1.6 ****     International Journal of Sports Medicine
             International J of Sports Physiology & Performance
             International Review for the Sociology of Sport
<1.0 **      International Sportmed Journal
             International Sports Journal
<1.0 ****    Isokinetics and Exercise Science
<1.0 ****    Japanese Journal of Physical Fitness and Sport
1.5 *****    Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
1.5 *        Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
             Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
<1.0 *****   Journal of Applied Biomechanics
3.7 ****     Journal of Applied Physiology
3.8 ****     Journal of Applied Psychology
1.3 ***      Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
2.5 **       Journal of Athletic Training
2.7 ****     Journal of Biomechanics
1.5 ****     Journal of Clinical Psychology
             Journal of Comparative Physical Education & Sport
2.0 ****     Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
3.0 ****     Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
             Journal of Exercise Physiology Online
0.6 *        Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness
0.4 *        Journal of Human Kinetics
???          Journal of Human Movement Studies
             Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments
0.5 *        Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
<1.0 ***     Journal of Leisure Research
1.6 **       Journal of Motor Behavior
1.9 ****     Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
2.5 **       Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
<1.0 ****    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
             Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance
4.8 ****     Journal of Physiology
1.6 *****    Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
1.1 *****    Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
3.0 **       Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
1.1 *        Journal of Sport and Social Issues
             Journal of Sport Behavior
0.6 *        Journal of Sport Economics
             Journal of Sport History
<1.0 *****   Journal of Sport Management
<1.0 ***     Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
             Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation
0.8 ***      Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
0.8 **       Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
1.6 ****     Journal of Sports Sciences
             Journal of Sports Traumatology
1.5 *        Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
             Journal of Swimming Research
<1.0 ****    Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
1.0 ***      Leisure Sciences
             Leisure Studies
             Measurement in Physical Education & Exercise Science
<1.0 ****    Medicina dello Sport
3.7 ****     Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
             Medicine and Sport Science
1.5 ****     Motor Control
1.6 **       Pediatric Exercise Science
             Pediatric Physical Therapy
<1.0 **      Perceptual and Motor Skills
             Physical Educator
2.1 ****     Physical Therapy
<1.0 ***     Physical Therapy in Sport
???          Physician and Sportsmedicine
2.2 **       Psychology of Sport and Exercise
<1.0 *****   Quest
             Research in Sports Med (was Sports Med Train Rehab)
1.1 ****     Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
2.3 ****     Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
<1.0 **      Science and Sports
<1.0 ***     Sociology of Sport Journal
             Sport History Review
<1.0 ***     Sport, Education, and Society
1.3 **       (The) Sport Psychologist
0.8 **       Sports Biomechanics
             Sports Exercise and Injury
3.1 ****     Sports Medicine
1.2 ***      Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review
<1.0 **      Sportverletzung-Sportschaden
             Strength and Conditioning
???          Strength and Conditioning Journal
             Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal

Thomson Reuters is the publisher and copyright owner of the Journal
Citation Reports[R]. Impact Factors listed in this article are used
with the express permission of Thomson Reuters.

[LEGENDS]

* [up arrow] 70-88% | ** [up arrow] 30-69% | *** [up arrow] 10-29% |
**** [up arrow] [down arrow] 0-9% | ***** [down arrow] 10-33%
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