Journal of 
Exercise Physiologyonline

ISSN 1097-9751

An International Electronic
Journal for Exercise Physiologists

Vol 1 No 1 April 1998


Robert Robergs, PhD

Managing Editor
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH

Metabolic Responses to Exercise
The oxygen cost of walking with an artifically immobilized knee with and without a shoe-lift
Larry Birnbaum and Chad Hedlund

Nutrition and Exercise
Creatine supplementation: analysis of ergogenic value, medical safety, and 
Richard B. Kreider

Physical Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing
Impact of healthcare reform on the management of cardiac rehabilitation programs
Charles W. Cortes and Tommy Boone

Systems Physiology: Cardiopulmonary
Central and peripheral circulatory responses during four different recovery positions immediately following submaximal exercise
Diego R. Redondo and Tommy Boone

Metabolic Responses to Exercise
The effect of psychophysiologic self-regulation on running 
Tommy Boone and Jeanne DeWeese

Special Populations
Knowledge and attitudes of university female athletes about the female athlete triad
William F. Simpson, Heather L. Hall, Rebecca C. Coady, Michelle 
Dresen, James D. Ramsay, and Monica Huberty

Robert Robergs, PhD

Welcome to the first issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline. This first issue represents a significant accomplishment for the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) and all exercise physiologists. We now have our own journal that is functional, available free on the Internet, and with no publication costs to authors. Furthermore, the editorial staff of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonlineis committed to making the time delay from manuscript submittal to eventual acceptance and then publication as short as possible, with a realistic average duration being 4 months. As many of you are aware, this is considerably shorter than the 6 to 12 months with traditional paper publications, and should make the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline the publication of choice to find the most current research findings in exercise physiology.


The Journal of Exercise Physiologyonlineis suited to the publication of original research, and as described in the Information for Authors involves a blinded peer review arranged by a topics editor with expertise in the topic of the manuscript. Apart from original research manuscripts, review articles and shortened research manuscripts suited to an expedited review will also be accepted for review. The editors and accepted manuscripts are organized by the following topics:

Body Composition
Environmental Exercise Physiology
Exercise and Health
Fitness and Training
Metabolic Responses to Exercise
Nutrition and Exercise
Physical Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing
Research Design and Statistics
Special Populations
Systems Physiology:
Endocrinology and Immune Function
Neuromuscular and Skeletal

Anticipated Publication Schedule

Currently there are seven additional manuscripts in review, with an expected rate of submittal of 3 manuscripts per month. This rate of submittal is expected to increase dramatically once the journal is recognized on the Internet. Given a 50% anticipated acceptance rate of submitted manuscripts and our relatively short duration of peer review and editorial correspondence, we should be able to initially support a quarterly publication (January, April, July, October) with hope of more frequent issues after the second or third year of existence. The editorial staff would rather present few manuscripts of high quality rather than numerous manuscripts of questionable quality and contribution to exercise physiology.

Special Issues

As Editor-in-Chief, I view one of the important roles that I play is to stimulate submission of manuscripts on topics that are of special importance to exercise physiologists. I plan to do this through the development of special issues of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline that are composed of manuscripts on specific topics, and/or research methods. For example, I perceive the following to be research related topics within exercise physiology that exercise physiologists require more knowledge on, or remain controversial topics suited to further academic inquiry:

Statistics and Research Design
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging
Minimal Training Requirements for Different Populations 
Minimal Exercise/Physical Activity Requirements for Optimal Health 
Is There a Valid Method to Quantify a maximal "Anaerobic Capacity"?
Should Exercise Prescription be Based on Relative Proportions of VO2max or a Ventilation/Metabolic Threshold?
There are obviously additional topics to these. However, of these topics, the first I want to address is statistics and research design. I request that if you are qualified, or feel qualified to write and publish on statistics and research design, and believe that you can contribute to the improvement in how we as exercise physiologists conduct research (design, statistics, and interpretation), please e-mail me with your ideas for future manuscripts. I will also seek a commitment from statisticians who specialize in exercise science disciplines to contribute to this special issue.

To start the process going, I believe that too many of us have conducted and still conduct research (myelf included) with too few subjects and poor statistical power. We conduct research focused on attaining significance, and are not prepared to document the validity of our insignificant findings. In addition, as far as statistics is concerned, many of us complete a course in ANOVA and forever remained convinced that research design and inquiry based on specific mean comparisons is the best approach for our field. It could be aruged quite strongly that ANOVA may not be appropriate for many physiological studies that involve a factor that is a continuous variable (e.g., time, VO2, %VO2max, etc.). Time series analysis is an approach that many of us should experiment with to improve our statistical power at detecting whether groups differ in their response over a continuous variable that we seem to so willingly able to categorize to suit ANOVA. How many of us really know what we are losing or gaining in our statistics and data interpretation when we categorize a continuous variable?

Letters to the Editor-in-Chief

I want to make it known that your response to publish articles in Journal of Exercise Physiologyonlineis needed and invited. I will review each letter for suitability for inclusion in the subsequent issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline.

Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline.

Managing Editor:
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH

April, 1998, marks the launching of the first issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline. Online electronic publishing is a reality for the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). Of course, as is true with all new ventures, there will be problems and challenges. Keeping up with the technology and its use on the Internet is a full time job. However, ASEP is designed as a service to its members and the Internet global readership. It is our desire to provide scholarly, informative manuscripts on a broad range of topics of interest to exercise physiologists. As we hear from you, we shall make every effort to be responsive to your interests.

This journal and this issue is the first of its kind in the history of Exercise Physiology.We are grateful to our associate editors, reviewers, and Editor-in-Chief, 
Dr. Robert Robergs, and to our contributing authors for helping us launch Vol.1 No. 1, April, 1998.

If you would like to submit an article, we would be happy to review it for publication. Articles are accepted from all over the United States and abroad which we believe will provide exercise physiologists a wide range of topics from an international view point.

Please refer to the"Guidelines for Contributors" to prepared your manuscripts for JEPonline. You may also want to click on "Electronic Sources: APA Style of Citation" for the recommended patterns for citing electronic journal articles. In short, the following is an example of how to reference one of the following JEPonlinearticles:

Kreider, R. B. (1998). Creatine supplement: Analysis of ergogenic value, medical safety, and concerns. Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline[Online], Vol. 1(No. 1), 12 pages. [1998, April].

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