Isokinetics and Exercise Science

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Isokinetics and Exercise Science (IES) is an international journal devoted to the study of theoretical and applied aspects of human muscle performance. Since isokinetic dynamometry constitutes the major tool in this area, the journal takes a particular interest in exploring the considerable potential of this technology.

IES publishes studies associated with the methodology of muscle performance especially with respect to the issues of reproducibility and validity of testing, description of normal and pathological mechanical parameters which are derivable from muscle testing, applications in basic research topics such as motor learning paradigms and electromyography. The journal also publishes studies on applications in clinical settings and technical aspects of the various measurement systems employed in human muscle performance research.

The journal welcomes submissions in the form of research papers, reviews, case studies and technical reports from professionals in the fields of sports medicine, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation and exercise physiology.

Prof. Zeevi Dvir
Department of Physical Therapy
Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040, Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Tel.: +972 3 640 9019
Fax:+972 3 640 9223

Editorial Board
Vassilius Baltzopoulos, PhD
School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom

Sigal Ben-Zaken, PhD
The Zinmann College, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel

Rodrigo Bini, PhD, AES (ESSA)
College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

Richard Bohannon, EdD
Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

Lee E. Brown, EdD
Dept. of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA

Sven Bruhn, PhD
Institute for Sports Science, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Jan Cabri, PhD

Dept. of Physical Performance, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

John Caruso, PhD
Athletic Training Program, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA

Joaquim Chaler, MD PhD
PM&R Department, Mutua Terrassa Rehabilitation Hospital, Terrassa, Spain

Nicholas C. Clark, PhD
St. Mary’s University, London, United Kingdom

Prof. Ann Cools, PT, PhD
Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Jean-Louis Croisier, PhD
Dept. of Human Movement Sciences, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

Francis Degache, PhD
ISSUL Institute of Sport Sciences, Dept. of Physiology, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Franca Deriu, MD, PhD
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy

Nick Draper, PhD
School of Sport Performance, University of Derby-Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Pascal Edouard, MD PhD
Dept. of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, University Hospital of St. Etienne, St. Etienne, France

Tilman Engel, PhD
Center of Sports Medicine, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Michael Fish, PhD
Division of Health and Wellbeing, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, United Kingdom

François Fourchet, PhD
Hôpital La Tour, Geneva, Switzerland

Simon M. Fryer, PhD
University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Weijie Fu, PhD
Sports Biomechanics Research Center, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China

Matt Greig, MD
Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom

Vedran Hadjic, MD
Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

H.-C. Heitkamp, MD
Institute of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Science, University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany

Glyn Howatson, PhD
Dept. Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Jennifer Keating, PhD
Dept. of Physical Therapy, Monash University, Bundoora, Australia

Ayse Kin Isler, PhD
Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Eleftherios Kellis, PhD
Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Serres, Greece

Feza Korkusuz, MD
Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Jan Lexell, MD PhD
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Dario Lieberman, PhD
Dept. of Physical Therapy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD
Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Noriaki Maeda, PhD
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Nicola A. Maffiuletti, PhD

Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, Schulthess Clinic, Zurich, Switzerland

Andrea Manca, PhD
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy

Frank Mayer, MD
Human Movement Science Faculty, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Alison McGregor, PhD
Dept. of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

Prof. Vladimir Medved, PhDEE
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Steffen Müller, PhD
Hochschule Trier, Trier, Germany

Jaeseop Oh, PhD, PT
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, INJE University, Gimhae, South Korea

Jesus Olmo, MD
Medical Division, Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Evangelos Pappas, PhD
Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

David Perrin, PhD
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA

Pierre Portero, PhD
Dept. of Sport Sciences, University of Paris VIII and Hôpital Rothschild, Paris, France

Blanca Roman Viñas, MD PhD
Nutrition Research Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

Arie Rotstein, PhD
The Zinmann College, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel

Andreas Schlumberger, PhD
Rehabilitation and Fitness Division, Dortmund FC, Dortmund, Germany

Sandra Schultz, PhD
Dept. of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA

Timothy C. Sell, PhD
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, OH, USA

Justin Sullivan, PhD
University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Brock Symons, PhD
Dept. of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA

Gökhan Umutlu, PhD
School of Physical Education and Sports, Final International University, Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus

Franceska Zampeli, PhD
Attikon University, General Hospital, Athens, Greece


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The main outcome measure in angular isokinetic dynamometry is the Moment (not torque) from which the peak moment, expressed in Nm, is derived. Likewise, the main outcome measure in linear or quasi-linear isokinetic dynamometry is the Force, from which the peak force, expressed in N, is derived.

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Isokinetics and Exercise Science is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to the journal will be forwarded to two reviewers. Reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s). The Editor in Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Significance to Field
  • Relevance to Journal
  • Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Literature Review
  • Writing Style/Clarity

Based on the received reviews the Editor in Chief will write a decision letter:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Revise and Resubmit
  5. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor in Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor in Chief, whose decision is final.