Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Another New Face

Human Kinetics has launched the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, which lists as its mission "to stimulate and disseminate both theoretical and practical research on sport in higher education. This academic journal is supported by start-up funding from the NCAA in an effort to foster cross-disciplinary research on intercollegiate sport and promote the integration of athletics with the educational missions of colleges and universities."

It will be interesting to see how this journal co-exists with the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, which also launched this year. I'm not sure there is necessarily a need for two journals in this area, but that's not the point. The point is that sports scholarship is booming across a wide front and that's good news. The addition of these journals legitimizes sport as an important area of study. Human Kinetics alone has a stable of two dozen journals devoted exclusively to some facet of sports.

It's a great trend for everyone in sports research and JSM wishes the best of luck to all the new journals.


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