The Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (JSEP) specializes in providing the foremost coverage of research on sport and exercise psychology. Whereas many journals in the subdiscipline focus on applied issues, the JSEP mission gives prominence to theory and theory-grounded research. This highly esteemed journal presents innovative research in all areas of sport and exercise psychology from the leading scholars in the field. Areas of interest include research in social, clinical, developmental, and experimental psychology as well as psychobiology and personality. In addition to original research, each issue of JSEP provides a digest of articles from other recent sport and exercise journals. Once a year, a supplemental issue is devoted to the proceedings of the NASPSPA conference.
JSEP is widely regarded as the premier journal in the subdiscipline, featuring a thorough and efficient review process. This allows JSEP to publish the most important articles in the field as quickly as possible upon reviewing them—thus ensuring that the most progressive research is disseminated while it is still on the cutting edge.
Important issues addressed in the past year in JSEP include those focused on benefits to cognitive function and health-related well-being resulting from physical activity, motivation and instruction in physical activity settings, and coach well- and ill-being. Future issues of JSEP will cover how habit can predict physical activity when exercise intentions are weak, and self-conscious emotions and their impact on physical activity behavior.
JSEP is also published in digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content of the print edition but with additional advantages, such as the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to back issues. The online version provides readers with the ability to perform rapid searches of current and back issues. The content of the online version of JSEP is available weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and subscribers can receive each issue’s table of contents by e-mail when a new issue is published.
Robert C. Eklund, PhD, is professor and chair of physical activity and health in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling, UK. He earned his doctorate in exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991. His accomplishments as a scholar in sport psychology since that time have resulted in fellow status in both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology. His interest in sport psychology stemmed from competing in international and collegiate freestyle wrestling and coaching athletes in youth sport, intercollegiate competition, and major international sporting events. Eklund has authored or coauthored numerous refereed sport and exercise psychology research publications, book chapters, and articles in professional and applied practice. He has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences. His reports have addressed positive (e.g., flow) and negative (e.g., burnout) psychological experiences associated with sport performance and self-presentational and self-relevant cognition in exercise participation. He is coeditor of Handbook of Sport Psychology, Third Edition; Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology; and Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has secured extramural funding to support his sport and exercise psychology research as well as corporate funding to support multidisciplinary research on heat stress, dehydration, and fatigue among underground and surface miners in remote locations in Western Australia. Eklund has served as a peer reviewer for more than 20 research journals and as editor for JSEP, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Under his leadership since 2003, JSEP has progressed from quarterly to bimonthly publication, nearly tripled its citation rate, and achieved an impact factor ranking in the top 10% of all ISI-listed journals in the sport sciences category.