You are currently reading the first issue of our second year as Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology. Welcome! As we enter our second year of publication we hope to continue to provide high quality information to a broad spectrum of people on a variety of topics that are related to the field of sport and exercise psychology.
In the last two months, we have accomplished a great deal. Our subscription service has been a success and we have developed an extensive mailing list that will only be used to inform subscribers of the publication of a new issue. Also, you will notice that a great deal of the advertising has been changed. This has been necessary due to the termination of the Microsoft Click Trade program. AI has now affiliated itself with Commission Junction which appears to be much more stable. While some of the sponsors have remained the same, we ask that you visit as many of our sponsors as possible sine it will generate revenue for our site and help keep AI a FREE web site. Another source of revenue is commission from books that are purchased from Amazon.com. Several new books have been added to our Recommended Books section. Please purchase all your sport psychology books through AI as these commissions will also help to keep this site FREE.
The look of AI has also been changing since the publication of the last issue. The reasons for this are twofold. First, AI strives to provide cutting edge information in the area of sport and exercise psychology. However, it is our belief that this information is of little value if it is not quickly disseminated. As a result, we have redesigned some of our images in order to speed access times. AI also strives to present information in a professional manner, thus the second reason for the change in the appearance of our web site. The images have been cleaned up in order to give our publication a more professional image. Over the course of the next couple of months, you will continue to see changes in the appearance of AI for the above stated reasons. We hope that these changes enhance your enjoyment of our journal.
Since the release of the last issue, we have gotten feedback from our readers stating how mush they appreciate the three new sections of the journal: commentary, classifieds, and a call for papers and staff. As you will see, there is a rather extensive commentary that was written in reference to the Cycling in the Zone article that was published in our last issue. We hope that this will encourage further scholarly debate on the subjects that are published on our site. There has been an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on the classifieds section and we will continue to post any position openings that we become aware of in this section as a service to our readers who are in the field. Finally, the call for papers and staff has resulted in the addition of two new readers to our editorial staff which should facilitate our switch to a refereed journal. Also, if you are interested in seeing what future issues of Athletic Insight will focus on, we encourage you to take a look at it.
The current issue focuses on children and sports. Two articles are presented. Robin McConnell's article, entitled "Considerations for Coaching the Child Athlete," is filled with practical information for parents and coaches who work with children. Panagiotis Zahariadis and Stuart Biddle examine factors affecting the participation in athletics by English school children in their empirical article entitled "Goal Orientations and Participation Motives in Physical Education and Sport: Their Relationships in English School Children." This second article marks a milestone in the history of Athletic Insight since it is the first blind peer reviewed article that is presented in our journal. We continue to make progress toward our goal of making AI a peer reviewed journal and hope to have all of the information presented in the next issue (May, 2000) peer reviewed. If you are interested in being a reviewer, look at the editorial mission section on our home page to examine the duties of a reviewer and send us an e-mail stating your interest. A final article that is of note in the current issue is Keith Wilson's "Dissociation and the Zone" in the commentary section. This piece offers critical analysis of Sam Marye Lewis' article "Cycling in the Zone" which was part of our November 1999 issue. At AI we strive to present opposing points of view and critical analysis of the information that we present.
Thank you for your continued patronage to Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology. We hope that you continue to visit our site and spread the word.