Communications in Kinesiology (CK) is the second official journal of the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology (STORK).

Why do we need yet another journal?

Whilst we agree that journals are a somewhat outdated means of distributing information, we appreciate journal articles are still a form of academic currency. We created this journal to maximise the reach you can create in disseminating your work and limit the time it takes to submit and receive credit for your efforts. Like any academic journal, manuscripts are formally peer-reviewed, assigned a Crossref DOI, and listed on various indexing websites. What is different, however, is how we work. Communications in Kinesiology accepts submissions from SportRχiv and the Open Science Framework (OSF). This means that when submitting to Communications in Kinesiology, authors need only share the URL to their preprint or view-only link to their project page. Further, we only ask that submissions be formatted in accordance to the journal’s guidelines after acceptance. We hope this reduces friction in the submission process and makes your life as an author a little easier. You may, of course, still submit the traditional way should you wish. The platform for traditional submissions will not go live, however, until our full launch in March of 2020.

There are a number of benefits in choosing to follow the preprint submission route. For example, you can start to accrue citations and feedback from the moment your manuscript is uploaded to SportRχiv. Although you are free to publicise the preprint from the point of submission, we ask that you do not influence the review process by stating that the manuscript is under review within Communications in Kinesiology. We also ask that you follow SportRχiv‘s policies around clearly stating the manuscript has yet to undergo formal peer review. In publicising your work, you may also receive feedback from the community. We value this feedback and plan to trial ways of including community reviews into the editor’s decision making process. Once the review is complete, Communications in Kinesiology creates a webpage that contains author information, the abstract, a peer review summary, and links to the preprinted versions hosted on SportRχiv and the final PDF. Via the version control function built into both SportRχiv and OSF, this allows interested parties to openly access various versions of manuscripts throughout each stage of the peer review process and beyond.

What fields are eligible for submission?

The term Kinesiology is meant to be integrative and refers to all research related to movement, physical activity, exercise, and sport sciences. Communications in Kinesiology accepts submissions from across the broad field of Kinesiology, including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Coaching and Sports Pedagogy
  • Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Physical Activity, Health, and Disease
  • Physiology and Nutrition
  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Training, Testing, and Performance Analysis

Communications in Kinesiology equally welcomes investigations with positive and null results to reduce publication bias and the file-drawer problem. Therefore, acceptance decisions will not be made based on the study outcomes. Emphasis is placed on full reporting, transparency, disclosure, and data sharing when applicable. Communications in Kinesiology accepts experimental research, observational research, methodological tutorials, opinions, narrative and critical reviews. Observational and experimental research may be original or a replication.

Article Types

Methodological Tutorials are meant to transfer knowledge of up-to-date methods and software using typical examples, allowing efficient learning.

Opinions are short articles that achieve one or more of the following aims:

1) to discuss important findings recently (3 months) published in a Kinesiology journal,
2) to discuss important issues in academia or at the interface of academia and society,
3) to raise awareness about a topic of general interest to kinesiologists and introduce new hypotheses and conceptual models.

Opinion articles are intended for a wide readership (e.g. students, established scientists, sportspersons, policymakers). Therefore, they should be written in a broadly-accessible style.

Narrative and Critical Reviews offer a synthesis, and a balanced account of a specific field. They provide a guide to the most relevant literature and outline prospects for future research.

Observational and Experimental Research Reports are articles reporting new, confirming, and disconfirming findings and should describe the background, purpose, methods, results, and interpretation of the research.

Authors wishing to submit Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, Scoping Reviews, Original Investigations, or Replications using a Registered Reports format should submit to Registered Reports in Kinesiology.

What is the cost?

We have waived all fees for 2020. There are costs associated with running a journal and we will likely need to charge a fee from 2021. However, STORK will cover the running costs in the first year. If you would like to keep Communications in Kinesiology free for all, please consider joining the society as we are only able to offer products like Communications in Kinesiology due to such support!