Roberts Looks Forward to Promising Year for CSMR
William Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM, has served many roles with the College during his 28 years as a member. A past President of the College, Roberts is the current ACSM Foundation President and inherited a new role at the beginning of 2010: editor in chief of ACSM's Current Sports Medicine Reports®. Here, Dr. Roberts shares his plans and goals for his four-year appointment as editor.
1. What improvements or changes do you have in store for CSMR this year?
As I take stock of the foundation of the journal as developed by Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, it seems solid and not in need of any major overhaul. I hope to continue to move the journal ahead by solidifying the review process, increasing our circulation, and increasing the impact of our manuscripts. For a journal to remain healthy and vibrant, the editors and contributors should change over time. I hope to make gradual changes in our section editors and editorial board to maintain the journal's edge. I am hoping to attract new authors for the journal. We will send out a readership survey to check the pulse of our constituents and use the data to shape our future changes.
2. What prompted you to take on this role, given your busy clinical schedule and other ACSM commitments? How will you balance your roles as CSMR editor and president of the ACSM Foundation?
I entered the world of journal editing in 1989 and have found the activity incredibly educational and fun. I took on this role knowing that the staff of CMSR and the ACSM Foundation were of such caliber that my main function is to stay out of their way!
3. Some members might automatically think of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® when they think of ACSM journals. Why is CSMR important for them to read, too?
MSSE® is our flagship, cutting-edge science journal and is of great importance to the organization and the field. The busy clinician will find CSMR fits into the review journal category that utilizes the science to drive better practice models for our patients.
4. What do you envision as the long-term plan for CSMR?
CSMR fills the clinical review niche and rounds out the four ACSM journals. I hope to cultivate letters from readers that advance the clinical content of our articles, to increase subscribers and readers by reaching out to other organizations, and to continue the advancements that have been made during past years.