About the Journal

 

Communications Kinesiology (CiK) is is a mission-driven Open Access (OA) journal from the Society of Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology (STORK) that shares not only the research it publishes, but also the value created by the Kinesiology community during the peer-review process. CiK has many sections representing all of Kinesiology, and a highlighted focus area of “Methodological Tutorials". The acceptance criteria for CiK is based on scientific, methodological, and ethical rigor. Editors and reviewers are instructed not to predict a submission’s impact to the field, nor employ any topic bias in accepting articles. Instead, they will check for rigorously and transparently conducted, statistically sound, adequately powered, and fairly analyzed research worthy of inclusion in the scholarly record. This is a focus on more objective acceptance criteria and the bar is set high.

Our journal welcomes investigations with null results and is designed to reduce publication bias and the "file-drawer problem". We aim to highlight the most reproducible and methodologically rigorous research in Kinesiology; as such, novelty, anticipated impact, and surprise of research results will never be criteria for publication.

Article Types

CiK accepts the following manuscript types: 

  • Original Research (experimental or observational)
    • These should present original findings. Null/negative findings, reanalyses of previous studies with new results, and  replication studies.
    • Preregistration and data/methods sharing are highly encouraged and will influence editorial decisions to publish.
    • Research can be quantitative or qualitative in nature
  • Methodological Tutorials
    • Tutorials should provide hands-on, practical guidance for researchers. Any topic that could enhance research or clinical practice or methods might be suitable for a tutorial.
    • CiK highly encourages tutorials that help researchers learn statistical tools, improve statistical practice, better data management, and enhance reliability and reproducibility of their work. Statistics tutorials should cover established statistical techniques and not introduce novel techniques.
  • Opinions
    • These should present a new and thoughtfully-considered viewpoint or opinion on a current problem, concept, innovation, or practice related to Kinesiology. It is highly encouraged, but not required,  to approach the editors with ideas prior to submission.
  • Critical Review
    • A critical review is the summarization  and evaluation of the ideas and information in a area of research or existing publications.
  • Case Study
    • A detailed, anecdotal report that serves as a analysis of a person, groups, events, decisions, periods, policies, institutions, or other systems.

CiK does not accept Registered Reports, meta-analyses, or systematic reviews. All of these article types should be submitted to Registered Reports in Kinesiology (RRiK).

Publication Fees

Article processing charges are minimal, and used for basic operating costs (e.g., domain name registration, hosting, digital object identifiers, plagiarism checks, etc.). The fees associated with publishing in CiK have been waived for 2020. We do encourage those who submit to join STORK, as this fee waiver is only possible due to the generosity of our members. Our goal moving forward is to keep publication costs to minimum, and have heavily reduced fees for STORK members.

Journal Values

Open Access

CiK values open access and the ability to share research widely and freely. Registered Reports in Kinesiology does not want readers with fewer resources to have barriers to reading relevant research.

You can help keep the journal functioning by donating (one-time or ongoing) to STORK. The society is grateful for your contributions.

Mentoring

CiK values mentoring and growth. Early career researchers are invited to apply to be managing editors where they will work with senior scientists on the editorial board.

Transparency

CiK also facilitates the ability for peers and the public to ask questions about and comment on the research published in the journal. Since authors are actively encouraged to post their work on SportRxiv any interested party can post comments via hypothesis . In addition, reviewers and editors at CiK will be asked to write a short (approx. 250 words) review summary, anonymous or signed, of each published article as a supplementary material. Anyone reading the article will be able to see an expert opinion and analysis of the research, and see how possible limitations were addressed in the review process.

In addition, all submitting authors are highly encouraged to have open data and code for any empirical work submitted to CiK. We believe this is a necessary step in ensuring research is reproducible, and this increases the value of every published article by facilitating meta-analysis. If the data and code cannot be provided then authors must provide a justification for why they are unable to do so in their submitted cover letter.

Rigor

CiK values the importance of having rigorous, reproducible, and replicable results. We believe preregistration is an essential part of this process and encourage empirical work submitted at this journal to utilize preregistration. If a study could not be preregistered, then the authors must justify this decision in the cover letter to the editors. At CiK we also encourage the submission of direct and conceptual replication studies.

Indexing and Archiving

CiK issues DOIs through the University of Essex. We also invest in long-term archiving of all submissions through the CLOCKSS archival system. Lastly, indexing is completed via CrossRef and will be searchable on Google Scholar. We will be on PubMed/Europe PMC once established for 2 years, as per their requirements. Should you require us to provide additional indexing, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. Please remember we are a society, non-profit, owned and operated journal! We aim to do much more and need your support to make this possible.

As a journal for STORK, Communications in Kinesiology values transparency and openness. Each year, metadata about the journal will be reported on the society’s website. This metadata will include journal acceptance rates, the total number of submissions, mean and median peer-review duration, acceptance rates by gender, acceptance rates by academic rank, and acceptance rates by location.