What is Open Access?

Peter Suber's A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access is a good starting point for investigating open access and open access publishing. For the sake of this blog, open access refers to the freely available full text content of scholarly ophthalmology, dermatology and cancer-related research articles found in open access journals, archives and databases. The gold road category of open access refers to non-embargoed content, or content which is immediately freely available at the time of publication (current journal issues). Embargoed content is usually freely available after a time delay of 1-12 months.


Use the topics / labels on the right-hand column to collocate resources with similar characteristics.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Ophthalmology Management

The AMD Update Newsletter and New Ophthalmologist issues are also available on this site.

New Ophthalmologist equips ophthalmology residents with the dynamic business and practice management skills they'll need to develop successful, state-of-the-art practices in a variety of settings — skills they can only get from today's leading practitioners, the very doctors our editorial staff collaborates with every day.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Retinal Physician

March 2007 and onward issues including Supplements are available full text and in color at this time in the searchable Archive, though back issues are being indexed into the system actively.

The AMD Update Newsletter Archive is also available.

2008 Retinal Physician Symposium May 28, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Retinal Physician is proud to host the 4th annual Retinal Physician Symposium in May of 2008.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dermatology Times

"Modern Medicine is an innovative new online resource designed to meet the evolving needs of the physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals we serve. This intuitive and clinically practical website will bring together elements from 17 of Advanstar's trusted healthcare delivery publications along with powerful tools, resources, decision support and advisory functions that address your daily needs.

Rest assured that you will still have access to all of your trusted journal articles. However, as you move through our site you may be asked to register with ModernMedicine.com in order to access certain content.

Registration is free and easy, so please take a few moments to sign up and see all that ModernMedicine.com has to offer."

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Scitalks: Smart people on cool topics

Scitalks is a new database of video lectures for the scientific community, searchable by keyword and by genre such as "medicine" and "biochemistry."

Ranging from videos of Dr. William Blackstock and Robert Weinberg speaking on issues in cancer research and treatment, to a clip of the actor Michael J. Fox--who has Parkinson's--discussing stem cell research, this resource is varied and may be interesting to a broad range of scientific specialists as well as to members of the larger community.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Journal Info

A new resource for authors looking to publish. Find comprehensive information on the journals you are looking at publishing in before you've signed your article away.

--Thanks to Peter Suber, Open Access News.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Discussion : Publishing in Open Access

Please add to the discussion:

Comment on your experiences with--and knowledge of--publishing and writing in open access here.

Though the idea of publishing in open access journals is relatively new to the scholarly community at large, just as it is in the fields of ophthalmology and dermatology, many start-up open access journals such as BMC Dermatology and BMC Ophthalmology--published by BioMed Central--have arisen in order to fulfill the growing demand for such venues of open access publishing opportunities in these areas.

Other journals like the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, published by Medknow, which were once solely subscription- and fee-based have chosen to evolve into an open access format. The Community Eye Health Journal is freely available online with an optional paid print subscription provided free of charge for those in developing countries.

Almost every single online open access journal contains web pages for authors on how to publish and how to become a peer reviewer. Often these informational pages include instructions on preferred article formats for submission as well as online document submission functions.

Keep in mind that all journals publish uniquely, and each journal operates according to its own version of open access publishing. Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research allows authors to retain copyright of their work. Medknow does not charge any article processing fees for its journals.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), made accessible online by HighWire Press, does not charge any per page submission fees to authors. However, a recent firing of the editorial staff of this journal--surrounded by rumour and suspicion--was the pre-cursor to Open Medicine. See the Why Open Medicine? link at the end of this page. To learn about the story, read the CBC news online article: New open-access medical journal, offshoot of CMAJ firing fight, is launched.

On SHERPA/RoMEO you can look up publisher and journal copyright and publishing policies through the search function or check out the entire list on the Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving page. SHERPA recently announced that RoMEO has doubled its entries this past year, amassing a grand total of 300 self-archiving publisher policies.

Authors may use arXiv.org pre-prints to pre-peer review.

The physics giant, CERN, has been an instigator and supporter of the open access movement in physics--as well as to a wider audience--and is a wonderful resource for any scholarly group or individual wanting to learn more about publishing and writing in open access. Check out the CERN Action on Open Access page for details.

Many start-up open access journals are using open source, open access software specifically for this purpose such as OJS: Open Journal Software. This software is tailored towards open access publishing. OJS is already being used for translation as a language platform, which hints of an ambitious future--open access which is accessible to any person regardless of language.

Additional Resources:

ALPSP : Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
: Shaping the Future of Learned and Professional Publishing

Science Commons'
Subject Resources for
Open Access and Scholarly Communication Scholar’s Copyright Project

Resources for Authors

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.'s
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Discussion : State of OA in Eye & Skin Research

Please comment here regarding the state of open access publishing and research in ophthalmology and dermatology.

Of all the scholarly, peer-reviewed journals published worldwide, approximately 10% are said to be open access—-having current, immediate and freely available content. This statistic is definitely reflected in the fields of dermatology and ophthalmology. There does appear to be more open access journals in the cosmetic and plastic surgery areas of the field of dermatology than in the rest of the field. This may be due to the current public popularity of this topic in the world of clinical practice.

Open access refers to free online access to peer-reviewed scholarly literature
, which has traditionally been given away by authors without remuneration. "True"--or gold--open access refers to content available immediately upon being published. There is no embargo period on this content.

Some ophthalmology and dermatology publishers, such as the Oxford Journals from Oxford University Press allow delayed open access archives online to the general public. Most journal embargo periods generally range from about 3-12 months.

Some publishers such as Elsevier allow self-archiving. Self-archiving occurs when the author submits an article (pre- or post-print) to an open access subject or institutional archive/repository--making the content freely available. Elsevier allows institutional archiving, though not subject archiving.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is one of the top publishers in the medical field, publishing PLoS Medicine and PLoS One which focus on advancements of--and correlations between--all disciplines. Many OA journals are only published online, yet PLoS provides print issues on demand and accessible article content summaries for laypersons. It is a not-for-profit organization and they do not charge author article fees. BioMed Central, on the other hand, a for profit enterprise, charges an author fee to the tune of one to two thousand dollars.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

EyeNet Magazine

"EyeNet Magazine is an award-winning monthly news magazine published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for its members. Our mission is to inform ophthalmologists about the clinical, socioeconomic and political trends that affect their practice" (From: http://www.aao.org/aao/publications/eyenet/aboutus.cfm).

Submit a Manuscript or Letter to EyeNet.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology

Housed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, "The mission of the DJO is to serve as a resource for ophthalmologists, vision scientists and ophthalmic patients throughout the world" (From: http://www.djo.harvard.edu/site.php?url=/home/about).

The "Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
is a specialty hospital providing outstanding patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Founded in 1824, MEEI is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School" (From http://www.meei.harvard.edu/).

Physician Links

Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

ISSN: 0376-7892 (Print)

First appearing in 1974 as the Spanish Journal of Plastic Surgery (ISSN 0034-9364), this is the official journal of the Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética (SECPRE), or the Spanish Society of Plastic Surgery, and the Ibero Latinamerican Federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP).

Original research is published these areas of surgery: plastic, reconstructive, aesthetic, hand, microsurgery, maxilofacial and burns. Only abstracts are in English at this point. Full text and PDFs are in Spanish.


Who's Using DSpace?

"DSpace is an open-source digital archiving system designed by MIT Libraries and Hewlett Packard to capture, manage and share research in digital formats."

"Over 200 academic institutions and cultural organizations worldwide have adopted DSpace -- as an institutional repository, for learning materials, for records management and more."

"DSpace is freely available so you can customize and extend it to suit your needs. We invite you to join the DSpace Community."

(From: http://www.dspace.org/).

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine

ISSN: 0972-2823 (Print) ; 0022-3859 (CD)

"Journal of Postgraduate Medicine ( a multidisciplinary quarterly biomedical journal, is one of the oldest medical journals from India. The journal is official publication of the Staff Society of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Mumbai, India. The journal is published, managed and funded by Medknow Publications, Mumbai, India."

(From: http://www.jpgmonline.com/aboutus.asp).

Nigerian Journal of Surgical Research

ISSN: 1595-1103

From the Surgical Sciences Research Society, Zaria and Association of Surgeons of Nigeria.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Journal of Vision

ISSN: 1534-7362 (Electronic)

Publisher: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

"The Journal of Vision, an official journal of ARVO, is a scientific periodical devoted to all aspects of visual function in humans and other organisms. The journal is published exclusively in digital form: full-text articles may be accessed for free via the internet. The journal encourages the effective use of color, multimedia, hyperlinks, program code, and other digital enhancements" (From: http://www.journalofvision.org/info/about_the_journal.aspx).

See the Special Issues and "Call for Papers" page.

MEEI Public Affairs Department: E-news Feature Stories

Newsletter of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, associated with Harvard University.

Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society

ISSN: 0065-9533 (Print) ; 1545-6110 (Electronic)

Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society include frontmatter, papers, poster abstracts and theses.

Discussion : Suggestions for blog additions/improvements

Please leave any comments for suggestions to improve this blog here.

This includes additional resources and design elements. All submissions will be considered.

Community Eye Health Journal

ISSN: 0953-6833 (Print)

Begun in 1988 and published by the International Centre for Eye Health, Community Eye Health Journal is free online and for those in developing countries. Articles are reviewed by an editorial board and sometimes sent to peer review specialists. It includes an Indian Edition Supplement. Web site and articles full text in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.

Community Eye Health Journal: About Us

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Discussion : JRP Forum : Yahoo! Groups

"Welcome to the online forum associated with the Journal of Research Practice (JRP). The forum consists of research-inclined individuals and research students from around the world, associated with multiple specialist domains, who are interested in developing and promoting the journal. The journal focuses on innovations in research practice and research education. The journal is free-to-readers and it is hosted at http://jrp.icaap.org/"

Open Medicine Blogs

Peter Suber's Open Access News

This blog was created for Heather Morrison's Open Access Course taught through the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) program at the University of British Columbia. Check out the SLAIS Open Access Course Blog for more information.