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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 2019 Winner!

Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

Dr. Paul Comfort is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford. He has extensive applied experience and is currently consulting with numerous professional and semi-professional sports teams. Paul is a founder member and accredited member of the UKSCA, where he is also an editorial board member for Professional Strength and Conditioning. He is a senior associate editor for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles along with numerous book chapters. Paul is also co-editor of the text books, ‘Advanced Strength and Conditioning: an evidence-based approach’ and ‘Performance Assessment for Strength and Conditioning.’

Dr. Paul Comfort

Past Award Recipients Include:

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