SCJ Editorial Excellence Award

The Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) Editorial Excellence Award is presented to an individual in recognition of their exemplary service to the review and editorial process of the SCJ.

Congratulations to the 2021 winner!

Whitney D. Leyva-Camberos, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC

Whitney D. Leyva-Camberos was born and raised in Fresno, California. She moved to beautiful Southern California where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. While at the university, she then pursued her Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning and graduated in 2016. She is one of 5 ladies who established the CSUF weightlifting club. She was also involved conducting physical evaluations with the Anaheim Ducks and other scientific research studies, while at the university. After she graduated, she worked as a lecturer for California State University, Fullerton Kinesiology and Public Health Departments, and was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for CSUF’s 16- time National Dance and Cheer team. Leyva-Camberos began working at Fresno Pacific in the spring of 2020 as a lecturer and assistant strength and conditioning coach for FPU’s swim and dive and water polo teams. But when she is not lecturing about kinesiology and health science, she is logging hours as the Southern California Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, where she helps to host conferences for the region. She has re-viewed multiple strength and conditioning publications and has published two of her own.

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Past Award Recipients Include:

2020 - Paul Salamh, PhD, DPT, PT  
2019 - Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D  Triplett, Comfort, Chandler
2018 - Chris Bishop, MSc  Chandler, Bishop, Haff
2017 - Edward McNeely, MS, CSCS  Chandler, McNeely, Haff
2016 - Melissa Aversa, DPT, OCS, CSCS  Haff, Aversa, Chandler
2015 - Stephanie M. Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS, USAW  Fleck, Svoboda, Chandler
2014 - Patrick Pabian  
2013 - Dr. Scott Cheatham, DPT  
2012 - Daniel Lorenz, DPT, CSCS  
2011 - William J. Hanney IV, DPT, CSCS  
2010 - Kelly Brooks, PhD, CSCS  
2009 - Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, CSCS  
2008 - Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS  
2007 - David J. Szymanski, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2006 - Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D  
2005 - Loren Chiu, CSCS  
2004 - Brian Findley, CSCS,*D  
2003 - Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
2002 - Michael Stone, PhD  
2001 - Allen R. Hedrick  
2000 - John F. Graham  
1999 - Steven S. Plisk, MS, CSCS  

How is the recipient selected?

The Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) Editorial Excellence Award is given to an outstanding reviewer for the SCJ each year. The steps for choosing an award winner are as stated below:  

  1. Each year, SCJ identifies the top reviewers (generally 6 – 10) for the past year using statistics provided by Editorial Manager. These reviewers are selected based on criteria such as the number of agreed reviews, days to completion, and the reviewer rating.
  2. The statistics are provided to the Senior Editors of the SCJ, and they are asked to rank their top 2 – 3 reviewers in order of preference.
  3. The Editor reorders the list based on the rankings of the Senior Editors. If there is a clear leader, that individual is chosen as the award winner. 
  4. In the event of a close decision, the statistical analysis may be assessed from the previous year. If two reviewers remain close, an assessment of the year before that may be necessary, and so until a winner is identified. 
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