Will Hopkins has been doing a pretty neat thing every year after Thomson Reuters releases their citation reports. He takes the time to seek out all of the major sport and exercise journals in our field, and compiles a list of all of their impact factors. This is very useful for those of us who do research, as it gives us some idea of the places we may want to cite, and a small degree of where we may get the best press/notoriety/citations for our research.
You can check out his list from 2014 here: http://sportsci.org/2014/wghif.htm
When I first found this, I thought it was extremely useful. However- it didn’t give me a very good idea about what each journal was aiming for, what their purpose was, and what kind of articles they were look for. I put together a Google spreadsheet to try to keep track of all the journals I could possibly submit to. I emailed it out to everybody in my program, and I’ve gotten some great feedback on it so far.
I’ve made the document open-access, so anybody can view it, or make edits to it. I am hoping that it will serve as a living, changing document, that gets updated as people find out new information, or impact factors change. I haven’t always done the best job of keeping it up to date (I haven’t even finished it!), but it is still really useful. In fact, if you want to make the changes, you certainly can!
I’ve worked on it periodically, but there are still journals to be finished or added on the list. It is definitely not completely done (nor will it ever get finished- things always change!). If you see areas where information is missing, or something is incorrect, please change it! I want this to be a useful resource for authors within sport science, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and exercise science. If we all work on it a little bit, it will become something even better.
So, without further adieu- here is my Sport and Exercise Journals list.