Open Access


Welcome to the Open Access Resource Center

Authors may be interested in publishing their research Open Access or may be required by a funding agency to publish Open Access any research resulting from those funds. This resource center outlines the process for requesting Open Access publication, as well as the rights associated with varying Open Access licenses.

Editorial acceptance of manuscripts is not impacted by choosing Open Access. Open Access articles are treated in the same way as any other article. Manuscripts go through the journal's standard peer review process and are accepted or rejected based on their own merit. The Open Access option is offered only to authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication to ensure that the Open Access option has no influence on the peer review and acceptance process. Accepted articles that will be made Open Access are prepared just as other articles and are posted online with the full range of features associated with the journal in which they are published. All articles are archived and are registered at relevant abstracting and indexing services.

Commentaries and Editorials

Please note that commentaries and editorials are published open access free of charge. You do not need to purchase an open access license if your article is a commentary or editorial.

Open Access Licenses

Authors choosing to publish Open Access may either assign copyright to Human Kinetics or use a Creative Commons license.

The CC BY license is required by certain funding organizations. No other warranties are given under Creative Commons licensing. Other rights, such as publicity, privacy, and moral rights, limit how the material may be used. For more information about Creative Commons licensing, please visit


Copyright in any Open Access article published under a Creative Commons license is retained by the author(s). In this case, authors grant Human Kinetics a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely, within the parameters of the particular license.

Where content in the article is identified as belonging to a third party, it is the obligation of the user to ensure that any reuse complies with the copyright policies of the owner of that content. 

Except for uses allowed under a particular Creative Commons license, use of Human Kinetics' Open Access articles (in whole or in part) for commercial, noncommercial, promotional, or marketing purposes requires further, explicit permission from Human Kinetics. That permission should be requested through the Copyright Clearance Center (

If an article content is copied, downloaded, or otherwise reused for commercial or noncommercial purposes, an appropriate bibliographic citation and a link to the definitive published version, via the article’s DOI, should be maintained. Copyright notices and disclaimers must not be deleted. Any translations not covered by a prior agreement with Human Kinetics must prominently display the statement: "This is an unofficial translation of an article that appeared in a Human Kinetics publication. The publisher has not endorsed this translation." 

Above information updated June 30, 2019.

Making OA Request and Payment

Payment must be received in full for an article to be published Open Access. To request Open Access, authors must complete and return the Request for Open Access form; this form also lists fees for Open Access.

Depositing to PubMed Central 

Some funding agencies may not require that an article is published Open Access, but may require that the article is deposited to PubMed Central (PMC). Human Kinetics does not have an agreement with PMC, meaning that Human Kinetics cannot deposit articles to PMC on behalf of authors. However, authors can ensure compliance with their funding agencies by self-archiving to PMC, where required (see

Human Kinetics does not currently impose an embargo period for self-archiving to PMC.