To our readers:

In the April 2014 issue of International Journal of Exercise Science (Vol. 7 Iss. 2), we published a manuscript entitled "Unrestricted Paleolithic Diet is Associated with Unfavorable Changes to Blood Lipids in Healthy Subjects" (Smith et al.). The article and its authors, as well as the journal and its editors, have been roundly criticized in public forums recently by proponents of the Paleolithic diet, and particularly by those who engage in common forms of high intensity interval training. They have alleged misconduct by the authors, fraud by the Editors, and they have requested a retraction of the article. We have informed them that the article was subject to peer-review, as are all submitted manuscripts, and we also followed up with the authors to investigate their claims of misconduct. The authors were forthright in their answers to us, and indeed stated, appropriately, the limitations to the research in the Discussion section of the paper. Upon suggesting that any further pursuit of alleging research misconduct should be directed towards the Institutional Review Board that approved the research, the critics chose rather to continue espousing their vitriol towards the authors, and towards us as well. To be clear, we will not be bullied by those who know nothing about research design, data collection, inherent limitations in research, peer reviewing, publication, or other components of the general research process, and we will not retract the article. We have worked very hard for nearly eight years to build an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes quality research. While some articles and their findings may not align with a group’s chosen dogma, that does not give them the right to attempt to discredit the work of dedicated professionals. We at the International Journal of Exercise Science are a community of scholars dedicated to scientific integrity, and in this case, that means supporting our fellow professionals and standing our ground against the unfounded opinions of our critics. As always, thank you for your support of the International Journal of Exercise Science.

T. Scott Lyons, Ph.D.
James W. Navalta, Ph.D.

The primary aim of the International Journal of Exercise Science is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activity as authors and reviewers as they develop into professionals. In accordance with this aim, on manuscript submissions it is mandatory that at least one author be a student that has played a prominent role in the overall study (see Policies).

Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2 (2015)

Original Research


Activity Profile Differences Between Sub-Elite Futsal Teams
Sera Dogramaci, Mark Watsford, and Aron Murphy


A Comparison of Aquatic- vs. Land-Based Plyometrics on Various Performance Variables
Mallory S. Kobak, Michael J. Rebold, Renee DeSalvo, and Ronald Otterstetter


Implementing a 4 Week Balance Protocol to Impact Quality of Life in Cancer Patients
Alyssa Bender, Lauren Braun, Kayla Franklin, Megan Kidd, and Nicole Rendler


Health-Related Fitness and Energy Expenditure in Recreational Youth Rock Climbers 8-16 Years of Age
Shannon R. Siegel, Jacob M. Robinson, Sean A. Johnston, Martin R. Lindley, and Karin A. Pfeiffer

Review Article