This report covers the main activities of the College during 2019 and it focuses around our four missions:
- High quality, innovative science
- Empowering young scientists
- Providing high value membership
- Strong relations with key partners
ECSS would like to thank everyone involved in working towards these goals. Without the support of our boards, office, members and partners we would not be able to make this contribution to the field of sport science.
Yours in sport science,
Paavo Komi Memorial
Following the very sad news that our Patron and close friend Paavo Komi passed away at his home in Uurainen, Finland on 10th October 2018, the ECSS organised a special memorial at the 2019 ECSS Congress in Prague.
Paavo was one of the main founders of the ECSS and undoubtedly its ‘spiritual father’, a constant guide and point of reference for the scientific standing of our College. We shall remember him with the greatest respect and gratitude for his scientific contribution and continued commitment to the ECSS. ECSS would not be what it is without the fantastic commitment of Paavo Komi.
The memorial began with a short introduction by ECSS President Joan Duda. Following this, a presentation of some of Paavo’s most memorable ECSS moments was given by Albert Gollhofer and Erich Müller and a book of condolence was handed over to Paavo’s wife, Raija. Paavo’s daughter, Kirsi, ended the memorial by giving a very moving and impressive speech on behalf of the family.
We send the family our deepest sympathy at this time and wish them all best wishes for the future.
Mission 1: High Quality, Innovative Science
The 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science was a great success on many levels. The excellent scientific programme together with the rich social programme allowed participants from all around the world to enjoy the hospitability of Prague Congress Center (PCC) as well as the organising committee from Charles University and all ECSS boards and committees. This tremendous collaboration was also captured by the PCC’s marketing team in this video.
We are also proud to present some further Prague highlights in this video produced by Wechselszene
The Official Journal of the European College of Sport Science
EJSS promotes the highest standards of scientific study and scholarship in respect of the following fields:
- Applied Sport Sciences
- Biomechanics and Motor Control
- Physiology and Nutrition
- Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Sports and Exercise Medicine and Health
EJSS’ impact factor has steadily increased over recent years, with its highest ever impact factor and ranking in 2016. Its current impact factor is 2.376, and the journal is ranked 29th in Thomson’s Sport Sciences ISI category.
This year the social media team has been doing a study on the impact of video abstracts and video animations. Video abstracts are a great way of increasing the visibility of authors and their work. They offer authors the opportunity to introduce and communicate their work to different audiences. They are short (e.g. two minutes) and informative and are promoted through the EJSS Twitter account @EurJSportSci on a regular basis.
Moderate-intensity exercise performed in the evening does not impair sleep in healthy males by @sleeppsyc @sleep_to_elite— Euro J Sport Science (@EurJSportSci) July 22, 2019
European Journal of Sport Science: Vol 0, No 0 https://t.co/mVZk52hLBh#sportscience pic.twitter.com/MQuKBweCxU
The Benefits of Video Abstracts
Check out this short video and see below:
- A video abstract is a short video introducing an article to a reader. It allows an author to tell the story about your work.
- An article with an accompanying video attached, may be accessed up to 10 times more than an article without one.
- Video abstracts are an increasingly popular way of allowing others to engage with published research, increasing the visibility of your work, and are published alongside the text abstract on the publisher’s website.
- They are an effective way of sharing via social media – particularly through Twitter – or email.
- If your article has yet to receive the online attention it deserves, this is a great way to increase visibility.
EJSS Best Paper Award
We celebrated the third ‘EJSS Best Paper Award’ at ECSS Prague 2019. The award supports ECSS’s mission to “disseminate high quality, innovative science and its application”. It creates a stronger link between the journal and congress, in terms of readership, engagement, and high quality science.
The winning paper for the 2018 calendar year is The electrocardiographic manifestations of athlete's heart and their association with exercise exposure by Dr Bessem and colleagues. Following an exhaustive review and nomination process, this paper was selected based on a high level of originality, significance, methodological rigour, and potential impact. The EJSS Editors were impressed by the design of this large-scale study which provides new insight into this important topic and has significant implications for future practice.
The electrocardiographic manifestations of athlete's heart and their association with exercise exposure
Authors: Bram Bessem, Matthijs C. De Bruijn, Wybe Nieuwland, Johannes Zwerver and Maarten Van Den Berg
Published in Volume 18, Issue 4 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1441910