The impact-factor olympics for journals in sport and exercise science and medicine.
This year's gold medalist amongst the sport and exercise
science and medicine journals competing for the highest impact factor
was again Sports Medicine (now on 5.2), but Exercise and Sport Sciences
Reviews (4.5) has now taken the silver ahead of last-year's
runner-up, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (4.4). Other
finalists included British Journal of Sports Medicine (4.1), American
Journal of Sports Medicine (3.8), and Journal of Applied Physiology
(3.7). Semi-finalists were led by Journal of Science and Medicine in
Sport (3.0), Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
(2.9), Exercise and Immunology Reviews (2.8), Journal of Sport and
Exercise Psychology (2.7), International Journal of Sports Medicine
(2.4), European Journal of Applied Physiology (2.2), Applied Physiology
Nutrition and Metabolism (2.1), and International Journal of Sport
Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (2.0). The most noteworthy performers
in the heats were International Journal of Sports Physiology and
Performance (1.8, up by a spectacular 130%) and the little known
Archives of Budo (1.2, up by a similar 140%), while the Journal of
Sports Sciences (1.9) is languishing at this level and may need a new
coach. Several new journals have appeared in the preliminary rounds
(<1.0), including International Journal of History of Sport,
International Journal of Sport Finance, and International Journal of
Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.
KEYWORDS: citation, publication, research.
|Author:||Hopkins, Will G.|
|Publication:||Name: Sportscience Publisher: Internet Society for Sport Science Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Internet Society for Sport Science ISSN: 1174-9210|
|Issue:||Date: Annual, 2012 Source Volume: 16|
|Product:||Product Code: 2721000 Periodicals NAICS Code: 51112 Periodical Publishers SIC Code: 2721 Periodicals|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia|
This article represents my annual summary of the latest impact
factors of journals in the disciplines of sport and exercise science and
medicine. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, a subsidiary of
Thomson Reuters) compiles the impact factors and publishes them as
Journal Citation Reports each year around June-July. You will need an
institutional subscription to access this and other resources at ISI Web
Table 1 lists the factors of our journals in alphabetical order, while the abstract summarizes the most noteworthy performers in the journals specializing in our disciplines. The meaning of the impact factor is summarized in the legend of the table, but for an in-depth explanation and critique of the impact factor, start with an earlier article in this series.
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance needs special mention for its spectacular leap to the level of the heats of the competition. This journal made its entry to ISI's report last year on 0.8, although it had been omitted initially. In the interim I had calculated its impact factor as 1.2, using the citation statistics at ISI's own Web of Science database. I don't think I made a mistake, so I suspect ISI does not follow its own rules when computing the impact factor; for example, it may discount citations in some low-level journals. Regardless, IJSPP's increase is phenomenal, and now "my friends... don't have to worry about committing professional suicide by publishing in [what was previously seen as] a 'weak' journal", to quote a personal communication from Stephen Seiler (University of Agder, Norway).
This year I have no new citation statistics to introduce to you, and there has been little progress with the idea I floated last year for peer review of proposals followed by practically guaranteed publication of studies that conform to their approved proposals. My colleagues can see the merit, but none of us has had the time to fully develop and sell the idea to our journals.
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.
Published July 2012
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.
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