I’d like to draw your attention to SportRχiv (pronounced sport archive), and encourage you to consider submitting any of your work related to sport and/or exercise biomechanics there.

SportRχiv is a dedicated preprint (i.e., ‘pre’ formal publication version print) repository dedicated to sport and exercise related research has been launched this week. Developed with the Center for Open Science, the site aims to create a central place for those working in or interested in sport to access research.
When submitting manuscripts, SportRχiv offers a one-page streamlined submission portal with drag and drop functionality. Manuscripts shared to the repository remain the property of the author and the site offers flexible creative commons attributions. In other words, researchers can easily state what their research can and cannot be used for.

What is more, each manuscript is assigned a digital object identifier (i.e., DOI) which makes it easy to establish precedent, track citations, and ultimately claim credit for your work. In addition, any research shared to the archive is listed within Google Scholar and monitored by Altmetric – a system that tracks the attention that research outputs like scholarly articles and datasets receive online – with each page displaying the associated Altmetric badge and highlighting how much discussion the article has generated online.

The site and further information can be accessed at www.sportrxiv.org

SportRχiv (pronounced sport archive) sets about solving a number of problems that are all too common within scientific publishing. Within our field, researchers would like to share their work with practitioners and practitioners would like to access it. At present, however, there is a rather large paywall shaped obstacle that often gets in the way of this process. The SportRχiv team created a solution to this problem by creating one central, open and accessible location (i.e.,SportRχiv Preprints) where sport and exercise-related publications can be freely shared and accessed. Beyond overcoming the obstacles associated with sharing research outside the academic community, SportRχiv provides researchers with the opportunity to (1) establish precedent – submissions are allocated a DOI number and indexed by Google Scholar, (2) share their data and supplementary materials, (3) speed up the dissemination process, (4) make their work more discoverable, and (5) inform grant review and provide evidence of their outputs to support academic advancement.

Dr Ian Bezodis
Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics
Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.