In 1999 the Society changed the title of its journal to International Sports Studies to better reflect the continuing development of this field of study. At that time, the editors introduced their newly titled edition as "a journal in which multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and international perspectives are promoted as having a critical role to play in furthering our understanding of complex phenomena in the arenas of physical education and sport." Today's editorial team have thoroughly endorsed this approach such that despite its earlier traditional base in education , the social sciences and humanities, International Sports Studies is today without paradigmatic prejudice and reflects an eclectic approach to the task of understanding physical education and sport in the contemporary world. It asks only that its contributors can add to knowledge about international physical education and sport studies through studies involving comparisons between regional, national and international settings or by providing unique insights into specific national and local phenomena which contribute to an understanding that can be shared across as well as within national borders.
International Sports Studies (ISS) has been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, a new edition of Web of Science™. Content in this index is under consideration by Clarivate Analytics to be accepted in the Science Citation Index Expanded®, the Social Sciences Citation Index®, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index®.
International Sports Studies (ISS) is indexed by Scopus since 2016.