Wednesday, April 18, 2007

An Open Window Heralds Open Medicine

This is a good day for academic librarians who want to be equal partners in the academic enterprise. Those open access (OA) librarians who have been following the story will be pleased to learn that Open Medicine, a peer-reviewed, independent, international medical journal supporting academic freedom and open access, was launched today.

Open Medicine is open to all, doctors and the general public, and there are no strings attached - no political interference, no pharmaceutical patronage, no conflicts of interests and no exorbitant subscription costs or pay-per-article restrictions. Direct access to real content - openly-accessible.

The editorial team of consists of a group of academics and scientists, including co-editors Stephen Choi and Anita Palepu, associate editors Dean Giustini (OA librarian), John Hoey, Anne Marie Todkill, Claire Kendall and others, as well as our volunteer publisher John Willinsky ( author of The access principle: The case for open access to research and scholarship and founder of the Public Knowledge Project ). We are committed to “the equitable global dissemination of high-quality health research; to promote international dialogue and collaboration on health issues; to improve clinical practice; and to expand and deepen the understanding of health and health care”.


Richard said...

This is great to see.
I liked it so much I created a MARC record for Open Medicine in our catalog. It should be available when our upload to Agent happens or yoyu can Z39.50 to us to get it.

Richard said...

Ah, "our catalog" is Camosun College.

click on Catalog/Guest login.

Dean Giustini said...

Many thanks.......Here's the record (small typo on medicine). Can you send me your MARC record? e-mail:

Electronic Resource: Website
ISSN: 1911-2092
Title: Open medicine [electronic resource]
Publication info: Vancouver : Open Medcine, c2007-
General Note: Title from title screen (viewed on April 18, 2007).
Type of file/data: Electronic documents in HTML and PDF format.
Technical details: Mode of access: Internet.
Subject term: Medicine--Periodicals.

Location: ONLINE--
Library has: v.1 no.1- . 2007- .