The mission of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics (JAB) is to disseminate the highest quality peer-reviewed studies that utilize biomechanical strategies to advance the study of human movement. Areas of interest include clinical biomechanics, gait and posture mechanics, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular biomechanics, sport mechanics, biomechanical modeling, and biomechanics education and outreach. Studies of sport performance that explicitly generalize to broader activities, contribute substantially to fundamental understanding of human motion, or are in a sport that enjoys wide participation, are welcome. Also within the scope of JAB are studies using biomechanical strategies to investigate the structure, control, function, and state (health and disease) of animals.
JAB is published bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October, and December), and contains original research articles, technical notes, computational model articles, review articles, target articles, and book reviews. JAB is an official journal of the International Society of Biomechanics, and has a working affiliation with the American Society of Biomechanics. JAB was formerly known as the International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, and has been continuously published since 1985.
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Katherine A. Boyer University of Massachusetts Amherst
Richard C. Nelson (Founding Editor: 1985–1990)
Robert J. Gregor (1991–1996)
Mark D. Grabiner (1997–2002)
Thomas S. Buchanan (2003–2011)
J.J. Trey Crisco (2012–2016)
Michael L. Madigan (2017-2021)
Dennis Anderson Harvard Medical School, USA
Ross Miller University of Maryland, USA
Laura A. Frey Law University of Iowa, USA
Tom Kernozek University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
Erika Nelson-Wong Augustana University, USA
Gait & Posture Mechanics
Tanvi Bhatt University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Jason R. Franz University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Christopher McCrum Maastricht University, Netherlands
Warren Darling University of Iowa, USA
Stephanie Forrester Loughborough University, UK
Mark C. Miller University of Pittsburgh, USA
Kelly J. Cole Appalachian State University, USA
Laura-Anne Furlong University of Limerick, Ireland
Jae Kun Shim University of Maryland, USA
Matthew T.G. Pain Loughborough University, UK
Steve Rowson Virginia Tech, USA
Allison Clouthier, University of Ottawa, Canada
Jocelyn Hafer, University of Delaware, USA
Marius Henriksen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark
Steven Kautz, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Alberto Leardini, Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Italy
Jason Machan, Rhode Island Hospital (Statistician), USA
Richard R. Neptune, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Riann M. Palmieri-Smith, University of Michigan, USA
Xingda Qu, Shenzhen University, China
Michael Rainbow, Queen's University, Canada
Stacie Ringleb, Old Dominion University, USA
Andrew Sawers, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
David John Saxby, Griffith University, Australia
Kota Takahashi, University of Utah, USA
Brian Umberger, University of Michigan, USA
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The Journal of Applied Biomechanics (JAB) disseminates the highest quality peer-reviewed studies that utilize biomechanical strategies to advance the study of human movement.
The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:
a. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
b. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
c. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
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Authors who use artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted technologies (such as Large Language Models [LLMs], chatbots, or image creators) in their work must indicate how they were used in the cover letter and the work itself. These technologies cannot be listed as authors as they are unable to meet all the conditions above, particularly agreeing to be accountable for all aspects of the work.
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(updated March 2022)
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