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Herman J. Woltring
05-02-1991, 01:53 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

On 8 Jan 91, I posted a statement on the Proceedings of the XII-th ISB Con-
gress at UCLA in 1989 and on the upcoming XIII-th ISB Congress in Perth. Last
week, I learned that one of the organisers of the UCLA meeting has taken on
a new task; he has taken over the editorship of the International Journal of
Sports Biomechanics from Dick Nelson at Pennsylvania State University. Below
is his maiden `speech' for IJSB, one of the `official journals' of the Inter-
national Society of Biomechanics. Bob, good luck in this challenging task;
may you receive many manuscripts of high quality! And, last but not least:
I'm sure that Dick Nelson is still a long way from leaving the biomechanics
arena!

Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL
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Editor's Comments -- IJBS 7(1991)1, 1-2

It is a pleasure, an honor, and with enthousiasm that I accept the responsi-
bilities of Editor of the International Journal of Sport Biomechanics. Thanks
to the vision and dedication of Dr. Richard C. Nelson, Director of the Biome-
chanics Laboratory at Penn State University, this journal was created to pro-
vide a forum for publishing research in the field of sports biomechanics. It
has flourished over the past 6 years and has been highlighted by issues devo-
ted to research conducted at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Manus-
cripts on results related to a variety of sports activities, including both
experimental and modeling approaches, have appeared in this journal. Additio-
nally, the IJSB has provided a venue for research from east and west alike and
has emerged as one of the premier international journals devoted to biomecha-
nics and sports science.
Dich Nelson is to be commended for a job well done. The need for such a
journal, I'm sure, was apparent to him many years before the IJSB was first
published; now the void has been filled. At a time where new journals are
constantly being developed to meet the needs of the expanding scientific
community, the IJSB has grown to meet the needs of the biomechanics research
community, specifically within the area of sport. Its stature is well recog-
nized. Congratulations, Dick, and thank you for your professional commitment
to excellence in the field of biomechanics.
In assuming the responsibilities of this office, I have set two major
goals during my tenure as Editor. My first objective is to maintain the high
quality forum for the presentation of research in sports biomechanics. This
has been en should continue to be accomplished through the efforts of the
authors and reviewers of manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal.
While an editor can provide direction, the quality of the papers essentially
rests with the authors in submitting their best research and with the review-
ers in maintaining a high standard during the peer review process. The
quality of the journal belongs to the scientific community. The policy of
devoting special issues to research conducted during the Summer and Winter
Olympic Games will continue and, in addition, I will encourage the submission
of papers presented at international scientific congresses, such as the Con-
gress of the International Society of Biomechanics and the IOC World Congress
in Sports Sciences, to this journal with the possibility of devoting a special
issue to these manuscripts.
A second major objective will be to expand the domain of the journal to
include lengthy review papers on selected sport activities. These will be
invited manuscripts, written by authors who have devoted considerable time
to a particular activity. These review papers will be state-of-the-art and
current regarding the literature in their field. Additionally, I would like
to include papers that demonstrate an interface between biomechanics and
related fields of research. The research should include an integrated
approach to the study of human movement using disciplines such as musculo-
skeletal biomechanics, muscle and exercise physiology, motor learning, and
motor control. For example, the study of the biomechanics of muscle and
connective tissue as related to loads imposed on the human body during
normal movement and sport activity, and the response of the tissues to
these loads, is the type of manuscripts we would like to see in the IJSB.
Certainly the world of interdisciplinary research is expanding and it is
significant that this journal serve for the presentation of such research
data. The key to future success will lie in our ability to seek new approach-
es and colleagues in a variety of fields so that we can continue to present
high quality research in the biomechanics of sport and human movement. I look
forward to the continued growth of this journal and to working as its editor.

Robert J. Gregor, PhD
Editor, IJSB
Dept. of Kinesiology
2859, Slichter Hall
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1568
U.S.A

Note: The text was taken litterally from the quoted issue, without prior
authorisation from the author or publisher -- HJW.