CrimRxiv is like no other repository for sharing criminological papers and other materials. Prominent alternatives include OSF Preprints, SocArXiv (which is part of OSF), Zenodo, and institutional repositories. All are great places to provide and find works via search (e.g., by Google Scholar). However, they are not good places for people to browse criminology. They are too general in scope, or define criminology too narrowly, to peruse papers in the field. For that, you need a field-specific repository.
The dream is that one day, criminologists make a daily habit of browsing recent deposits in CrimRxiv. By scrolling through titles, we will learn what everyone is working on, which will spur ideas, projects, collaborations, news stories, public and classroom discussion. We will enable everyone to engage in criminology, irrespective of what they can afford. And, by depositing our works, we will increase our impact, amassing more views, downloads, cites, and altmetrics.1
More is possible on CrimRxiv because it allows, unlike the alternatives, to embed anything in Pubs.2 In a preprint, for example, you can include videos, audio clips, images, datasets, code files, and interactive graphics. This is revolutionary in academic publishing. It will change how we disseminate, consume, and do criminological research.
CrimRxiv is the only repository to offer authors an Individual Open Access License. This solves a problem: Some publishers limit when and where you can make a postprint open access. By signing the license, you preempt this restraint and thereby make it legal to immediately share your postprints on CrimRxiv.