Active Voice: Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine Launches

By Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, is regents’ professor and associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. He also is the executive director of After-School All-Stars Atlanta. He currently is serving on the ACSM Board of Trustees as an elected vice president, is chair of the ACSM Publications Committee and is the incoming President-elect of ACSM.

This commentary presents Dr. Thompson’s thoughts on ACSM’s new translational journal as it launches.

When I authored an Active Voice almost 18 months ago on the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, I reminded us of ACSM’s mission statement: “The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.”

As we observe this tremendously historic milestone, I’m struck again with how absolutely “spot on” the journal is relative to ACSM’s mission. This new journal will provide ACSM members with the best benefits and content to further professional and academic goals in an area that is becoming increasingly more critical. As the journal’s inaugural Editor-in-Chief Joseph Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, remarked “TJACSM will place ACSM in the forefront for translational and policy science related to exercise.”

The journal is cutting edge in numerous ways. It was created as a digital-only journal to take advantage of being able to deliver content more frequently (every two weeks) and will also provide enhanced digital content, such as video with every paper.

It’s only fitting that we launch our pioneering journal with a tremendously inventive first paper: “Crowdsourcing Innovative Physical Activity Programs: Active Schools Acceleration Project Case Study” by researchers at ChildObesity180 at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. This paper proposes a framework for crowdsourcing public health intervention models, using as a case example a national effort to select, disseminate and scale up school-based physical activity programs.

I invite you to read the first paper and join the conversation on the journal’s Facebook and Twitter pages!

A few important notes for members about the journal:
  1. Initially, content will be freely available to all in an effort to raise awareness of the new journal. We ask and encourage you to share the content with your colleagues. The journal website is
  2. Starting in mid-May 2016, you will receive a series of email communications from ACSM’s publisher Wolters Kluwer that will contain detailed information on how you will be able to access your exclusive members-only content once the free content preview period is over later in the year by going directly to the journal page at
  3. All professional/premium and clinician members are eligible for this benefit.
  4. To access the journal, you can log into your ACSM member account on the ACSM website. From there, click on the “Access My Journals” link in the upper right hand red Welcome box. This will take you to the Member Journals page where you can locate the cover and click the link Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. You can also go directly to the journal website.
The editors are continuing to accept submissions of new research and other translational papers relevant to sports medicine, exercise physiology and health behavior change. To learn more about the types of papers sought and to submit to the TJACSM, please visit the Wolters Kluwer manuscript management website Editorial Manager for the journal.