Yong Gao is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology within Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences.
What she wasn’t, until May, was a publisher.
But with the backing of the college and supportive colleagues in the Albertsons Library, Gao’s International Journal of Physical Activity and Health has become real, filling a niche for dozens of academics and professionals around the globe who are invested in China’s physical education and health specialty areas.
While she has reviewed and worked on multiple articles for publication, it was not until the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health came calling that she jumped into the world of publishing – from scratch.
Gao has been a member of the society, composed of hundreds of scholars and professionals in multiple countries, for many years and served as president of the organization from 2018-19. As her term ended she was asked to chair a task force charged with studying the feasibility of a new publication dedicated to the work and thinking of society members.
“We saw the need among the international community for scholarly communication and collaboration, and we organized several conferences on related topics,” Gao said. “There is a need. We need this journal,” she said, recalling the discussions among society members and leaders.
Read more about this new journal and the collaboration with Albertsons Library on the Health Sciences webpage.