The University of Oregon discontinued hosting Kinesiology Publications in May 2007, following its April 2006 issue (vol. 19, no. 1). In October 2007, the University's Office of Technology Transfer licensed the publication to The Eugene Health and Performance Foundation, a non-profit organisation under the directorship of Richard L. Brown, Ph.D., who can be contacted in care of the University's Department of Human Physiology. Under the name of Oregon Microform Publications in Sport and Human Performance, a single issue (October 2006; vol. 19, no. 2) was completed in December 2007. The publication is currently in transition. Copies of Kinesiology Abstracts are still available, at no cost, by clicking on the "Bulletin/KinAbs" icon to the left.

The microform publication of human movement studies began in 1949 at Springfield College, Mass., where professor H. Harrison Clarke encouraged use of a newly-developed wartime technology, the micro-card, to efficiently gather and preserve studies in the applied physiological sciences; no other discipline ever archived whole dissertations in this manner, and silver halide microform remains to this day the archival standard, with a protracted life expectancy of 500 to 1000 years, properly housed. Through subscriptions, the collection, which was always more than self-supporting, helped libraries not only to stay current with research, but to remain in possession of it. In the mid-1950s, when Clarke moved to the University of Oregon, he brought the publication with him, then known as Microcard Publications, hosted by the University's College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, later continuing, reorganised, under the College of Human Development and Performance, until the closing of that College and the passing of Professor Clarke, both occuring in 1995. For a while, the publication was administered under the Office of the Provost, then transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences, where it was attached to the Exercise and Movement Sciences Department, recently renamed the Department of Human Physiology.

In the mid-1980s, the College of Human Development and Performance placed Microform Publications (which Microcard Publications had become in 1965) under the administration of a newly formed International Institute for Sport and Human Performance, established to pursue grant-funded research (one of its first projects, funded through the School of Music, was a study of piano-playing as therapy for the aging hand).

In 2005, Microform Publications became Kinesiology Publications. Ostensibly, the publication remained a sponsored function of the Institute; but for many years the Institute, with little or no independent funding, had been supported by Microform Publications, exceeding its self-sufficiency. As a result, in April 2006, the College of Arts and Sciences gave notice of its intention to withdraw administrative sponsorship for the overdrawn Institute, and consequently left Kinesiology Publications without a university host.

Publication prospects remain in transition. Please disregard any "ompshp" contact links that might remain temporarily at the "Search the Collection" site.


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