CrimRxiv’s mission is utilitarian: to promote the greatest happiness of the greatest number.1 Everyone benefits from open access to scholarship.2 It increases authors’ impact and, by extension, that of their institutions, funders, and the field as a whole. Also, it ensures anyone can read and use scholarship. This is social justice.
CrimRxiv provides a place for the free and public sharing—giving and taking—of criminological information, knowledge, and understanding.3 It is the only repository devoted to criminology: the scientific or humanistic study of lawmaking, lawbreaking, and reacting to that.
CrimRxiv is supported by Criminology Open (Ltd). Its director, Scott Jacques, established CrimRxiv’s Board of Directors in June 2019. This group’s expertise is in open science and cyber infrastructure. In July 2020, CrimRxiv was released in “beta mode,” during which “Beta Testers” submitted their work and provided feedback to use in further improving the site.4 In April 2021, CrimRxiv’s “brain trust” will be further expanded by establishing a Board of Ambassadors (i.e., “CrimRxivists”). Shortly thereafter, CrimRxiv will be widely promoted to criminologists around the globe. Indeed, everyone who uses CrimRxiv is who we are. We always want to improve the website, so we welcome emails or tweets with feedback and suggestions.