Open medicine is born

Submitted by Dean Giustini on April 18, 2007 - 17:42

This is a good day for academic librarians who want to be equal partners in the academic enterprise. Open access (OA) librarians who have followed this story will be pleased to hear that Open Medicine - a peer-reviewed, independent, international medical journal supporting academic freedom - 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.

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”.

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 ).

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What a fantastic idea. I am the founder and administrator of Radiopaedia.org, a creative commons radiology encyclopaedic site, launched a few months ago. The idea of a truly peer reviewed journal is perfect, and leaving copyright in the hands of the author also a key to a new way of practising medicine and disseminating information. It will be especially interesting to see how subspeciality interest is developed, and how soon OM can have OM-Radiology etc...

Looking forward to contributing

Dr Francesco Gaillard - Radiology department - Royal Melbourne Hospital - Australia.

Dear Dr. Gaillard, cc. Open Medicine editorial team

Thank you for your message on our blog, and your well-wishes. I will ensure as a member of the editorial team that I let my colleagues know about:

Radiopaedia - source of radiology information

You may be interested to know that my graduate students at UBC and I have our own UBC Health Library wiki with our own list of medical wikis (and I have added Radiopaedia to it):

Wikis - UBC Health Library wiki

Dean Giustini - OM blogger

Two questions from an interested reader, but cautious contributor;

1.  Will Open Medicine be indexed in NLM (PubMed /Medline)? This is an important question for contributors who want their work seen, and for readers who go to NLM first when researching a new topic.

2.  Why Open Medicine when there are other online medical journals such as BMC and PLoS?  How does Open Medicine differ from say, BMC Medicine? They are open access as well.

Hal Siden, MD, MHSc

Dear Dr Siden,

We are applying to be indexed in NLM (PubMed Central and Medline) and we agree that this is key for our contributors.

We do not charge author fees for accepted articles as do BMC and PLoS and we do not charge institutional fees like BMC. We are using a novel publishing platform for medical journals, namely the Open Journal Systems, which was developed by the Public Knowledge Project. It is a free, open source software system for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals and conferences. The reason for launching Open Medicine is best captured in our lead editorial Why Open Medicine?

Thank you for your interest,

Anita Palepu, MD, MPH

Co-editor, Open Medicine