Open-access publishing means that readers do not need to pay to read articles. Most peer-reviewed Sport for Development research to date has been published by for-profit publishing companies who restrict access to universities and individuals with paid subscriptions. This approach disadvantages researchers in resource-limited settings and distances many implementers from academic research. Because the Journal of Sport for Development aims to serve as an open hub of evidence, information, and commentary, all JSFD issues and articles will be freely available online to the public.
Why is JSFD Open-Access?
- Increased dissemination – research can reach those who need it most
- Articles can be cited sooner
- Articles may be cited more frequently
- Decreased institutional costs for scholarly publishing