Welcome to the December Edition of Athletic Insight, 2005. As the journal prepares for its eighth year, it is worth considering the underpinnings that mark its evolution. Athletic Insight has always emphasized the importance of applied sport psychology research in action. Browsing through the twenty-eight installments of the journal, it becomes evident that applied relevance is at the fore. The journals editorial and review staff promise to continue in their mission to encourage relevant and well-written empirical and conceptual papers from the widest array of international applied sport psychology authors.
Considering 2005 in retrospect, AI continued its development as a peer review academic sport psychology journal. First, many well respected international academics were added to its staff. We sought out a full accompaniment of bright minds from Canada, the United States, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Spain. Athletic Insight’s reviewers reflect the multinational and multicultural mosaic evident within our domain, today. The intent is to encourage strong academic and professional submissions from the best of developing and established authors, worldwide. We do so with the assurance that each submission will be considered in terms of content and standpoint.
With the increase in submissions, manuscripts are now reviewed by two senior staff with doctorates, and one of several junior staff members with at least, a conferred graduate degree. The junior reviewers are provided exposure to high quality sport psychology submissions, and an opportunity to gain the requisite skills for eventual senior staff appointments. In short, AI has developed a graduated reviewing program to ensure a high standard of staff well into its future.
At the editorial level, Athletic Insight has added two assistants to its accompaniment. Their responsibilities are to track the final management of accepted submissions prior to publication, and to proof all final submissions for minor APA oversights. The intent is to ensure that published works are well monitored and representative of the authors’ efforts. Authors, reviewers, and editors commit the occasional oversight. The integration of two editorial staff will add one more necessary step to the management and refinement of accepted peer reviewed manuscripts through to publication.
Reflecting its ongoing evolution, Athletic Insights managerial staff has already considered potential refinements for 2006. One refinement will be the integration of a new section for shorter submission of eight to twelve pages. This new section will be classified as brief submissions. Each brief submission will be reviewed using the same guidelines as full-length submissions. That said, their length will represent innovative empirical submissions comprised of smaller data sets, or shortened conceptual submissions offering promising lines for future inquiry. A second refinement will be the integration of guest reviewers, invited to evaluate papers within their domain, whenever AI requires additional expertise. A third refinement will be the integration of a refined tracking system for submissions from the point of acceptance, onward to publication.
Finally, the special edition of 2006 will continue for its third consecutive year. Rest assured that the September, 2006 special edition will be at least as innovative as its predecessors. The editors are currently hard at work putting together a high-profile installment featuring an international group of expert researchers and practitioners on the selected topic.
Within the present edition there are four contributions. Michelle M. Dionne and Patrizia Albanese from Ryerson University, Canada, begin the installment. Their submission “Bias in the Portrayal of Sex and Race in Photographs from Undergraduate Sport Psychology Texts”, follows on the heels of Athletic Insight’s previous installment, devoted entirely to research and practice with minority and marginalized cultures. Herein, Dionne and Albanese learn of cultural under representation within academic sport psychology learning materials. Following, Tracy L. Heller from Florida State University, United States, Gordon A. Bloom and Graham I. Neil from McGill University, Canada, and John H. Salmela, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, explore “Sources of Stress in NCAA Division I Women Ice Hockey Players”. Their submission provides an in-depth look into the pressures experienced by a select group of female elite university athletes. Nick J. Watson from St John College, England, and Daniel R. Czech from Georgia Southern University, United States, contribute “The Use of Prayer in Sport: Implications for Sport Psychology Consulting”. Their conceptual submission proposes prayer as part of mental skills training. To close, Jackie Frost and Stuart McKelvie from Bishops University in Canada, consider “The Relationship of Self-Esteem and Body Satisfaction to Exercise Activity for Male and Female Elementary School, High School, and University Students”. Their study, supporting one more reason for an active lifestyle, pairs frequent exercise with higher scores in self-esteem than infrequent exercise. Together, the contributions within this installment reaffirm the variety of research considered suitable for Athletic Insight.
In closing, this installment is dedicated to our review staff and editorial assistants. Athletic Insight appreciates your expertise, professionalism, and generosity of spirit. Thank you.
Best wishes to all for 2006.