Unfortunately, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic go far beyond the somatic dimension of health. Some members of the Editorial Board are gone forever. On March 31, 2020 passed away in Kiev Professor Vladimir Hryhorowycz Tkachuk, an outstanding Ukrainian scientist, academic teacher in the field of human physiology, biocybernetics, physical education and sports. On April 16, 2021 passed away in Moscow Serhiy Petrovych Novikov, an Olympic champion in judo, a creative researcher of a new subdiscipline the science of martial arts. Moreover, elementary editorial procedures were disrupted by the health problems of important members of the Editorial Boards of Archives of Budo and Archives of Budo Science of Martial Arts and Extreme Sports. The specificity of highly niche journals requires unique competences from editors, and the slogan "there are no irreplaceable people" is not true in this case.
However, during the pandemic and since the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, not an extended waiting time for reviews and editorial work of the manuscript, but the calculation of the profitability of publishing in a journal that is not distinguished by the Impact Factor is, in our opinion, the main reason for resignation from publishing papers in the Archives of Budo Science of Martial Arts and Extreme Sports. Such a problem does not appear in the major journal Archives of Budo. On the contrary, the extended time of waiting for publication (which is accepted by the most of the authors) results on the one hand from the large number of submissions, and on the other hand – is a consequence of respecting by the Editorial Board the high methodological standards concerning submitted papers. Therefore, in order to meet the expectations of ambitious, creative scientists, whose views and proposed solutions are often not accepted by some Editorial Boards of scientific journals, we include a new section "Innovations in research methodology". The editors are of the opinion that going beyond certain paradigms concerning not only science, but also sport practice, based on the doctrine of maximizing results thereby maximizing training efforts, often ignoring elementary safety, is the duty of a scientist.
We do not combine the social mission of science with benefiting from dissemination the latest, well-founded knowledge in accordance with the open access formula, but with the care that such a knowledge serves development in the strictest sense of this word – viz a human being en bloc, taking into account all dimensions of health and optimally strengthening the ability to survive while respecting human dignity and caring for the natural environment. Such a clearly articulated perspective (mission) is necessary in a situation where the two key words in the title of the journals "martial arts" are used in the global media space to promote neo-gladiatorship. This phenomenon is the extreme opposite of the values emphasized by the new sub-discipline of science of martial arts, recognized in the global scientific space precisely because of the specificity and quality of published articles in the Archives of Budo and Archives of Budo Science of Martial Arts and Extreme Sports. We trust that making up the publishing delays of 2021 and 2022 caused by the pandemic and the effects of the war in Europe will breathe an innovative impulse to pose new, even unpopular issues. The editors will make every effort not to ignore the opinions of authors who have the courage to criticize the paradigms of science, education and sport. Authors must meet only two criteria – respect methodological and ethical standards of conducting research and sharing knowledge based on the results of this research.
Roman Maciej Kalina