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Elsevier Launches New Journal: Performance Enhancement & Health

SYDNEY, August 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services,  is proud to announce the launch of Performance Enhancement & Health - a new international, peer-reviewed journal that critically explores the health implications of performance enhancement on the human being, from steroid doping in elite athletes, right through to amphetamine use amongst truck drivers.

Performance Enhancement & Health boasts a wide-ranging appeal that extends from social scientists through to healthcare workers and, of course, those working in physical or sporting fields. As a multidisciplinary journal it provides fascinating food for thought. With the 2012 Olympic Games only just ended, the debate continues over performance enhancement in sport.

Performance enhancement is not only unique to athletes however. Performance enhancement can be pharmacological, genetic, psychological or technological and may be linked to identity, social capital or pleasure, as well as productivity. Health is envisaged broadly as absence of disease, optimal functioning, and (personal or community) well-being. Performance Enhancement & Health therefore examines the implications of performance enhancement on the human condition - both in the sporting arena and beyond

The journal's co-editors, Dr Jason Mazanov of the University of New South Wales and Associate Professor Frances Quirk of James Cook University, identified the need for a specific forum for scholars to discuss the role and impact of performance enhancement in society.

Mazanov and Quirk's aims in producing Performance Enhancement & Health include exploring how the effort to enhance our human condition has influenced health, and developing a more worldly understanding of the performance enhancement-health nexus.

The first two issues of Performance Enhancement & Health (published in the remainder of 2012) are freely available. In 2013, the journal, consisting of 4 issues, can be ordered online at

For more information or to submit and article, go to: Performance Enhancement & Health.

The first articles to be published in the journal are now available on ScienceDirect.

About the Co-Editors-in-Chief

Dr Jason Mazanov

Dr Jason Mazanov is a senior lecturer and registered psychologist. He works at the University of New South Wales' ADFA campus in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Dr Mazanov's fields of research include sport and exercise psychology, sport and leisure management and sports medicine, with his primary research involving understanding the management of drugs in sport.

Associate Professor Frances Quirk

Frances Quirk is the head of discipline and associate professor in mental health within the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University in Townsville, QLD, Australia. She is also the deputy chair of the academic board. Her research interests include the 'potential of integrating physical and mental health indicators for this holistic approach and response to a broad range of disorders.'

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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Elsevier Australia

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