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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The avowed aim of the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity is “disseminating research on issues related to physic al activity and aging in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.” Material can be accessed in a variety of ways: the Home page offers up articles arranged as “recent” or “most accessed.” There’s also a basic search available, as well as an “articles” tab that lets you search all volumes or particular volumes by keyword or citation.
The journal’s editorial board is composed of members from across Europe, as well as from Israel, and material is extensively researched, well-written, and thoroughly referenced. A variety of article types are published, including editorials, original research, research articles, review articles, commentaries, short reports, meta-analyses, tutorial reviews, academic literature reviews, introductory reviews, scientific reports, and society news [European Review of Aging and Physical Activity is the official journal of the European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity (EGREPA)]. Among the “most accessed articles” are “Kinect-based choice reaching and stepping reaction time tests for clinical and in-home assessment of fall risk in older people: a prospective study,” “Physical activity and neurocognitive functioning in aging - a condensed updated review,” and “Aerobic training as a means to enhance inhibition: what’s yet to be studied?” Articles are prefaced by extensive Abstracts, and are assigned Keywords that are then searchable throughout the system.
Everything here is impeccably organized and well-presented. The APCs for this journal are, unfortunately, very high, and it’s to be wished access to publication here were more broadly available among researchers, but this title will certainly be of interest to anyone studying the effects of physical activity upon the aging.