2010, Volume 6, Issue 1

Prestige and impact Archives of Budo for scientific research of the martial arts

Roman Maciej Kalina1, Bartłomiej Jan Barczyński2

1Academy of Physical Education, Poland
2Index Copernicus International S.A., Poland

Author for correspondence: Bartłomiej Jan Barczyński; Index Copernicus International S.A., Poland; email: barczynski[at]wp.pl

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Archives of Budo after nearly five years since the first article appeared (2005) has been included for coverage in the Thomson Reuters – Science Citation Index Expanded focus on: Sports Science & Medicine. The unique value Archives of Budo (mainly depends on the fact that annually the journal accumulates at the most scientific articles of martial arts) proves that despite the large number of downloads of individual articles, there are few citations of these papers recorded by the Journal Citation Report. The fact that in any other journal of Sports Science & Medicine evaluated by Thomson Reuters in which appears annually as many publications on the martial arts as at Archives of Budo is proof that only a few scientists engaged in this issue. The term “budo” in the title of the journal is used in a broad sense, because it is addressed to “the global reader”. We mean well-educated people from different parts of the world who read scientific publications. Probably many, if not most, associate “budo” with the specific martial arts regardless of the origin (i.e. with the Japanese judo, Chinese kunk fu, Korean taekwondo, Brazilian capoeira, the Israeli kravmaga etc). Anyone who deals with budō in the strict meaning (combined with tradition and culture of Japan) we encourage to study book Budō: The Martial Ways of Japan.