About the journal


The JOMAR | Journal of Martial Arts Research is an interdisciplinary forum for academic and practice-oriented discussion of martial arts and combat sports with a broad conceptual focus. With theoretical, methodological, empirical, and practical contributions, it represents the current state of academic debate, not only from the perspective of the sub-disciplines of sports science, but also from the perspective of related academic disciplines.

The Open Access Journal JOMAR was published by members of the committee "Kampfkunst und Kampfsport der Deutschen Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft e. V.". In addition to original articles and review articles or meta-analyses as well as theory-based practical contributions (with double-blind peer review), conference contributions, conference reports and book reviews (without peer review) will be published. The JOMAR benefits from an international advisory board of renowned researchers. Manuscripts are published in German or English. As an Open Access journal published under the Creative Commons license CC BY, JOMAR is free for authors and readers alike. Initially, two issues per year are planned.

Sections and Formats

Submitted articles will be published in the following sections, each with different requirements.

Main contributions deal with central and overarching questions on martial arts and combat sports. They can be conceived as an overview by summarizing and assessing the state of research, develop theoretical approaches and methodological designs, document and classify empirical research projects, or they show practical examples. Topics of the main contributions should not be too narrow and too specialized, but rather offer opportunities for further research and discussion. These papers are reviewed in a 'double blind'-peer review.

Research reports or impulse papers present questions, theoretical foundations, methodological considerations and empirical results from concrete research projects. Projects that have not yet been completed can also be published here with interim results already available and initial ideas can be formulated in the form of approaches to such projects. Representations that were presented at the same time at an annual conference of the Commission Martial Arts and Martial Arts of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft e.V. are assigned to the category Conference papers, with which the authors document their presented papers. The orientation should be less general than that of the main contributions. These papers are reviewed within the editoral board.

In addition, book reviews as well as reports or position papers can be submitted after consultation with the editor. The way of presentation and linguistic structure should be based on what is common practice for the respective contribution format.

The editorial team itself initiates und publishes debatesinterviews, and reprints.

Peer Review

The main articles submitted to JOMAR undergo a rigorous 'double blind' review to ensure that the published contributions meet scientific standards. If the submitted manuscripts meet the general criteria for entries they are sent anonymously to two reviewers for review — all correspondence is sent by e-mail or via this platform. Although this accelerates the entire process, traditional and high quality peer review standards are applied to all manuscripts. In this "double blind" procedure, the reviewers are not informed who is the author of the submission and vice versa. The reviewers are asked to comment on a number of questions that are relevant to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, such as the originality, theoretical foundation, methodological appropriateness or topicality of the problem. This information is passed on to the authors together with the relevant reasons and comments on the text. In principle, the expert opinions should be prepared within a period of 4 weeks. The peer reviewers make one of the following four overall recommendations for their review:

  1. accept submission
  2. revision required
  3. resubmission required
  4. reject submission

The editor makes a final decision on the acceptance of the submitted contribution with reference to the returned expert opinions. In justified cases, he may also deviate from their recommendation. The reviewers and the editors pursue two possible goals in applying for a revision: On the one hand, the authors should sharpen their arguments and representations on the basis of existing data or identify those areas in which more factual representations and references are required. A formal revision may also be necessary if the language or style does not meet the standard. In order to enable a quick publication, the authors are granted a maximum of two months for revision. After two months, revised manuscripts will be considered as new submissions.


After editorial processing and confirmation of a final proof by the editor and the authors, the article is published directly and is thus accessible online. Depending on the category, the contributions are assigned yearly and rolling by publication date either to volume 1, which contains all main contributions with peer review and impulse contributions and reviews without peer review but with editorial processing, or to volume 2, to which the conference contributions of the Martial Arts and Martial Arts Commission are assigned. The following applies to all articles
  • Articles are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, i.e. the authors retain full copyright, whereby JOMAR is granted the first publication rights.

  • A DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) is assigned, which makes the contributions immediately searchable and citable. Access is given via this website as well as via international search engines.

  • A long-term archive backup is guaranteed.

  • The authors should also carry out self-archiving and dissemination with the respective reference to the first publication in this journal.

Creative Commons License The works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). in short, the copyright for articles published in this journal lies exclusively with the authors, whereby the right to first publication and simple use was granted to the journal. Upon publication in this Open Access Journal, the articles are free to use, provided that the authorship and copyright are appropriately named.

Protection of personal data

Names and e-mail addresses entered on the journal's web pages are used exclusively for the stated purposes and are not passed on to third parties.