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European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS) is the official Medline- and Thomson Reuters-listed journal of the European College of Sport Science. The Journal promotes the highest standards of scientific study and scholarship in respect of the following fields:

Each section has a number of Associate Editors responsible for quality, scientific rigour and submissions to their section. The full editorial team (including Editorial Board) and structure can be found here.

Meet the Team

									Professor Anni Vanhatalo

Professor Anni Vanhatalo

Professor of Human Physiology, University of Exeter, UK

Dr Sharief Hendricks

Dr Sharief Hendricks

Social Media Editor
Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Associate Editors

Associate Editors play a vital role in the success of the journal, supporting the core editorial team in the peer review process, endorsing the journal within their field and part of the world, contributing to the best paper award process each year and attending the annual Associate Editor meeting at the ECSS Annual Congress to collaborate and share experiences with the rest of the team.

Applied Sport Sciences

Marco Cardinale
Aspire, Qatar
Paul Comfort
University of Salford, UK
Kevin Thomas
Northumbria University, UK
Del Wong
Open University of Hong Kong, China

Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities

Daniel Madigan
York St John University, UK
Arne Nieuwenhuys
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Biomechanics and Motor Control

Peter Federolf
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Michael Grey
University of Birmingham, UK
Jonathon Headrick
Griffith University, Australia
Masaki Ishikawa
Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, Japan
Cedric Morio
Decathlon Sports Lab, France

Sports and Exercise Medicine and Health

Silvia Costa
Loughborough University, UK
Lars Donath
German Sport University Cologne, Germany
Nir Eynon
Victoria University, Australia
Laurent Malisoux
Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg
Alberto Soriano-Maldonado
University of Almeria, Spain
Sabrina Skorski
Saarland University, Germany
Craig Williams
University of Exeter, UK
Zoe Saynor
University of Portsmouth, UK

Physiology and Nutrition

Christopher Bell
Colorado State University, USA
Gregory Bogdanis
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Mark Burnley
University of Kent, UK
Jamie Burr
University of Guelph, Canada
Richard Ferguson
Loughborough University, UK
Olivier Girard
University of Western Australia, Australia
Amelia Guadalupe Grau
Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Julien Louis
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Melitta McNarry
Swansea University, UK
Jinlei Nie
Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao
Jesus Gustavo Ponce-Gonzalez
University of Cadiz, Spain
Craig Sale
Nottingham Trent University, UK
Neale Tillin
University of Roehampton, UK

Our vision

Influencing knowledge and practice around the world.

Our missions

Publish high quality, innovative science
Promote excellence in publishing
Empower scientists with the tools and knowledge they need to make an impact with their research
Maintain a stable revenue stream to support the editorial team and activities within the College

Proud sponsor of the YIA


EJSS is the proud sponsor of the ECSS Young Investigators Award. By creating this connection, the College has brought together two of its key missions:

Disseminating high quality, innovative science
Empowering the development of young scientists.

You can read more about the College’s vision here. It has been a long term ambition of the ECSS to fund this prestigious award and highlight the excellence of young scientists from around the world. Given the ongoing success of the Journal and continuous development of its activities, the EJSS is now in the position to do this. EJSS hopes that the partnership with the YIA competition will see even more high quality publications from YIA winners reach the audience of the Journal.

What does this mean?

The College is reinvesting the journal’s success back into the promotion and development of young scientists through the YIA programme. This link will create a platform for young scientists to develop as researchers and become future authors, reviewers, and editors of EJSS and other scientific journals.

Find out more about the YIA


Please refer to the Publisher’s website for subscription information.

ECSS members receive complimentary online access to the journal through their ECSS account.

Read about ECSS membership benefits here

Open access

EJSS is an ‘open select’ journal. This means authors can publish open access content in the journal. EJSS publishes both open access content and content available via subscription. All open access articles can be found on the Publisher’s website here.

For more information on publishing open access, please refer to the Publisher’s author services website here.

Publication details

EJSS publishes 12 issues per year. All issues are available on the Publisher’s website. ECSS members can log into their ECSS account to access the Journal free of charge.

Print ISSN: 1746-1391 Online ISSN: 1536-7290.



EJSS’ impact factor has remained steady over recent years. Its current 2021 impact factor is 3.98. The journal is currently ranked 24th out of 123 journals in the Journal Citation Reports Sport Sciences category.

EJSS Impact Factor 2.576


EJSS was accepted into Medline in 2013. EJSS has a dedicated section for submissions in ‘sport and exercise medicine and health’.

EJSS Best Paper Award

EJSS launched its Best Paper Award in 2017, with the inaugural award ceremony taking place at the 2017 ECSS MetropolisRuhr Congress in Essen, Germany.

Complementing ECSS’s mission to “disseminate high quality, innovative science and its application”, this award showcases the most innovative science published in EJSS. The winning paper and all nominated papers are available free to access for a limited time following first announcement of the winner until one month following the ECSS annual congress.

Eligibility for the award

Journal papers published in the calendar year prior to the congress are eligible for the award. For example, in 2021, papers were considered from Volume 20 (calendar year 2020).


Associate Editors will nominate papers from their section published in the calendar year. An editorial team will review all nominations and select an overall winner.

  • Open to all age groups and career levels
  • Section Editors will nominate papers for consideration according to the following criteria:
    • Originality: The paper is innovative and constructively engages with new or complex problems.
    • Significance: The paper makes an important contribution to the advancement of knowledge in sport science.
    • Methodological rigour: The paper uses robust and appropriate methods to address the research question.
    • Potential impact: The paper has the potential to alter prevailing theory or practice in sport science.
  • Early January, Award Opens: Editor-in-Chief contacts Associate Editors for their nominations.
  • Late February, Nominations: Editor-in-Chief reviews nominations and selects best paper winner.
  • Early March, First Announcement: ECSS Office informs winner and invites winner to attend congress.
Award ceremony

In normal circumstances, the EJSS Best Paper Award is officially announced at the ECSS Annual Congress just before the congress closing ceremony and the winner will be called to the stage. A cheque will be handed over by the Editor-in-Chief and ECSS President.

Prize money
  • €1000 (Euros) in prize money is granted to the winner of the award.
  • Congress registration fees are waived for the first author of the winning paper.

The EJSS Best Paper Award will be announced via all ECSS channels, including websites, newsletters and social media.


Submission guidelines

EJSS’ official submission guidelines can be found here.

Competition to publish in the journal is high. Here are some tips from our Editorial Team:

  • Be novel, be original and seek feedback from colleagues.
  • Think: originality, significance, importance. Do the best science you can.
  • Use an Editor or editing service.
  • Take advantage of the review process.
  • Use the resources available.
  • Read all about the journal you are submitting to, including back copies.
  • Follow the instructions!.
  • Spend plenty of time on abstract and title.
  • The job is not done when it’s accepted. You need to communicate your research through social media avenues. Be creative and use infographics, videos or video abstracts.

Don’t submit:

  • Something of no scholarly interest.
  • Work that is out-of-date.
  • A duplication of existing, published research.
  • Incorrect or unacceptable research.

Peer review statement

All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.

All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.