The open access journal covers all aspects of sport and exercise medicine as well as associated areas such as epidemiology, chronic disease prevention through exercise and physical activity, exercise and physical activity physiology, and measurement.
BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine is co-owned by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and is a sister journal to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Based in Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Professor Stamatakis has a background in sports and exercise science and physical activity epidemiology, and is currently a Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Population Health and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.
Professor Stamatakis is also an Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Professor Stamatakis says: "Quality open access journals have a big role to play in today’s fast-changing publishing landscape; I am very excited to take on this role and look forward to working with the rest of the editorial team, BASEM and BMJ to deliver on our mission of publishing timely and good quality review with rapid dissemination and helping practitioners to provide the best care for their patients.”
Responding to the appointment, Mike Stone, Chairman of BASEM, said: “We congratulate Professor Stamatakis on his appointment and welcome him to the team. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine has grown beyond all expectations since its inception in 2015 and we very much look forward to working with Emmanuel and the rest of the team in further developing our open access journal.”
Allison Lang, Publishing Director at BMJ, says: “Professor Stamatakis is a well respected expert on the sport, exercise, and physical activity fields, who shares our passion for supporting healthcare professionals in improving patient outcomes. We look forward to working with Emmanuel to bring high quality and stimulating content to the journal by delivering on BMJ’s commitment to good quality peer review and best author experience.”