Open Journal of Medicine: The really free and open biomedical journal

Open Journal of Medicine  (ISSN: 2174-680X) is a journal published by iMedPub for Internet Medical Society. It has been created as a challenge to provide authors with a system for publishing articles open access for free with high quality of publishing standards.
We offer an innovative publishing system where all manuscripts received meeting the standards are accepted directly in the version provided by authors. This system is called self-publishing.

Open access
OJM provides unrestricted access to all its articles. OJM applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish (read the human-readable summary or the full license legal code). Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy article, so long as the original authors and source are cited. Learn more on the benefits of publishing open access in our blog.

Articles published in OJM receive a DOI and are indexed in GoogleScholar, SHERPA/ROMEO, SWETS, DeepDive, ProQuest, EBSCO, HINARI and Scientific Commons.

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. We also archive all articles in Medbrary, the online medical library, and Scribd. In addition we support self archiving: make your research visible and accessible to your peers by uploading a full-text version of this publication to your institution's archive or anywhere else.
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iMedPub launches Open Journal of Medicine: the really open and free medical journal

Open Journal of Medicine (ISSN: 2174-680X) is a journal published byiMedPub for Internet Medical Society. It has been created as a challenge to provide authors with a system for publishing articles open access for free with high quality of publishing standards. We offer an innovative publishing system where all manuscripts received meeting the standards are accepted directly in the version provided by authors. This system is called self-publishing.

Traditionally, authors submit their manuscripts to scientific journals where manuscripts were subjected to rounds of peer-review until the manuscript was finally accepted or rejected. This process well may take months or even years with authors always at the expenses of editors’ decisions. Self-publishing allows authors to publish their works directly. As articles are published in the submitted version, authors do not incur in article processing charges or submission charges so publishing is completely free. 

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President Obama: Make Publicly Funded Research Freely Available!

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Open-access scientific publishing is gaining ground

At the beginning of April, Research Councils UK, a conduit through which the government transmits taxpayers’ money to academic researchers, changed the rules on how the results of studies it pays for are made public. From now on they will have to be published in journals that make them available free—preferably immediately, but certainly within a year.
In February the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy told federal agencies to make similar plans. A week before that, a bill which would require free access to government-financed research after six months had begun to wend its way through Congress. The European Union is moving in the same direction. So are charities. And SCOAP3, a consortium of particle-physics laboratories, libraries and funding agencies, is pressing all 12 of the field’s leading journals to make the 7,000 articles they publish each year free to read. For scientific publishers, it seems, the party may soon be over.
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Open access explained

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The Downside of Open-Access Publishing

Over the past couple of years, many people involved in scientific research and publishing have received increasing numbers of emails with invitations to submit papers to newly established journals, join their editorial boards, or even apply to serve as their editors-in-chief. Personally, I have been alternately amused and annoyed by these messages. A glance at the journal's name or the associated website has told me that these simply are not serious publications. But the establishment of new journals and publishers at a rapidly increasing pace should be taken seriously, since it affects the scientific record as a whole.
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Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access

The Internet has inspired multiple movements toward greater openness — most prominently, open access, open data, open science, and open educational resources. None of these is based on the belief that there should be such a thing as a free lunch, but each recognizes that the Internet changes the economics of publication and digital-resource sharing so that changes can feasibly be made to traditional practices that are in some ways “closed,” requiring payment for access to information or prohibiting myriad reuses of accessible information. The quality of “openness” applies to both the terms of access and the terms of use. Advocates in each movement — and I am one, serving on the boards of directors of two organizations promoting open access, Creative Commons and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) — share an understanding that an open resource is freely accessible over the Internet. Opinions vary about the terms of use necessary for a resource to be open.

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For the Sake of Inquiry and Knowledge — The Inevitability of Open Access

It's difficult to have a measured conversation about open access — the term widely used to refer to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals. People who believe that free and unrestricted access to peer-reviewed journal articles will undermine the viability of scholarly journal publishing disagree sharply with those who believe that only open access can expedite research advances and ensure the availability of that same scholarly literature. Arguments for and against open access tend to focus on implementation details, ignoring the powerful motivations underlying the phenomenon.

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Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world

We have analysed 51 mandatory funder polices listed in the ROARMAP registry ( according to which routes to OA the policy specifies. The results at 10 February 2013 are shown below.
Green (repository-based) OA required
Gold (journals) required where available
Either Green or Gold routes satisfy policy requirements

Funders permitting Gold OA article processing fees to be paid from research grant, or by a request to the funder = 20

Green (repository-based) Open Access required: 36 funders
ArgentinaMinisterio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva
AustraliaAustralian Research Council
AustraliaNational Health and Medical Research Council
BelgiumFWO (Flanders Research Office)
CanadaCanadian Institutes of Health Research
CanadaNational Research Council
CanadaInternational Development Research Centre
ChinaNational Science Library Chinese Academy of Sciences
DenmarkCouncil for Independent Research, the Danish National Research Foundation, the Danish Council for Strategic Research, the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, and the Council for Technology and Innovation (joint policy)
European UnionEuropean Research Council
EU Member StatesEUR-OCEANS Consortium on Ocean Ecosystem Analysis
FranceAgence Nationale de la Recherche
IrelandScience Foundation Ireland
IrelandHealth Research Board
IrelandIrish Research Council
NorwayNorwegian Research Council
SpainGovernment of the Principality of Asturias
SpainMadrid Autonomous Community
SpainGeneral State Administration
UkraineParliament of Ukraine
UKArthritis Research UK
UKBritish Heart Foundation
UKCancer Research UK
UKChief Scientist Office Scotland
UKDepartment of Health
UKDunhill Medical Trust
UKMultiple Sclerosis Society
UKWellcome Trust
USANational Institutes of Health
USAHoward Hughes Medical Institute
USAAutism Speaks
USAInstitute of Education Sciences

Gold (journal-based) Open Access required: 1 funder
UKResearch Councils UK

Either Green or Gold routes satisfy policy requirements: 14 funders
AustriaFWF (Fonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung)
CanadaOntario Institute of Cancer Research
CanadaFonds de recherche du Québec
CanadaCanadian Health Services Research Foundation
CanadaHeart and Stroke Foundation
European UnionEuropean Commission
EU Member StatesCERN
HungaryAcademy of Sciences
HungaryHungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)
IndiaCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research
SwedenSwedish research Council Formas
SwedenSwedish Research Council Vetenskapradet
SwitzerlandSwiss National Science Foundation

The list will be updated as new policies are implemented.  Further analysis of policy requirements is also to be undertaken. Examples of future analyses include policy effectiveness and the kind of deposit requirements specified by Green policies.

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Policy on Open Access in Biomedical Research in Europe

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