The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports has been increasing its rank up to 8th among 81 Sport Science journals. The journal will go fully online from 2015 onwards. The number of yearly issues will increase from 6 to 12 in the beginning of 2016.

Five national societies from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are the owners of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (SJMSS). The first volume under the current name was published 24 years ago with late prof. Bengt Saltin as the first editor-in-chief. The general idea to establish a Scandinavian Journal in the area of Sport Science was originally presented by prof. Martti J. Karvonen in late 1970’s. Shortly after in 1979 the first volume of the Scandinavian Journal of Sport Sciences was published with prof. Karvonen himself being the first editor-in-chief. After the first successful decade the name of the Journal was changed into its current form and the editorial office was removed from Helsinki to Copenhagen with Blackwell Muncksgaard as the publisher. At the moment the publisher is John Wiley & Sons Inc. and the editorial office is based in London.   

Professor Stephen Harridge, currently the editor-in-chief of the SJMSS, reported to the Scandinavian Foundation in October 2014 that the status of the journal have been increasing during the latest years. Between the years 1996 and 2001 the IF was 0.624 – 0.899 but increased up to 1.117 in 2002. Since then the IF was duplicated to 2.335 in 2009 and went up to 3.214 in 2013. Now the journal has been ranked 8th which means that the SJMSS is now among the best of 81 Sport Science journals with IF 3.174. The original idea of prof. Karvonen has granted us all with an excellent harvest.   

Prof. Harridge further reported that the acceptance rate is a little up, most likely due to an increased number of published articles. One of the challenges facing the journal is still the backlog of accepted articles awaiting publication. But this is a general challenge for each journal globally. Alike its competitors the SJMSS is releasing accepted articles accessible online fairly early. The journal is available at  which is an excellent service to experts and researchers in the area. Prof. Harridge was also satisfied that there is an improvement in the turnaround times to first and final decisions. The section for Humanistic – Social Sciences remains the slowest. In addition to regular articles also supplementary issues will be published.

Dr. Thomas Trier-Mork of Wiley, presented the publisher’s satisfaction about the development in IF, journal rating, article production, manuscript types, self-citation rates in comparison with major competitors, citation distribution and the process of going fully online. He was also pleased about cooperation with Altmetric which will give the readers a completely new dimension regarding the Journal and its visibility in social media. 

Dr. Trier-Mork presented the Publisher’s suggestion that the SJMSS will cease to appear in printed form and instead the online journal will increase the annual number of issues from 6 to 12. The duplication of the number of issues per year will reduce publication times. Wiley will also develop a journal application especially for the national members to use. This will make access to the journal a lot easier and convenient than without. The Online journal will start from 2015 onwards and all papers which were submitted after April 1st, 2014 will appear online only. From 2016 onwards there will be 12 issues per year.

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