10 years experience with open access publishing and the development of open access software tools

Gunther Eysenbach

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The Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org) is a pioneering and leading open access journal covering "medicine and health in the Internet age". Created in 1999, well before Biomed Central and PLoS Medicine entered the market, it was one of the first open access journals in medicine, only the second electronic-only journal indexed in Medline, and one of the first fully independent journal not owned by by a major publisher, but created by scientists for scientists. Fully indexed in over 20 bibliographic databases and deposited in PubMed Central and various other full-text repositories, it has published almost 400 articles over the past 10 years, and achieved an impact factor of 3.0. JMIR is top ranked as the #6 journal in the health sciences category (out of 57 leading journals) and #2 in the health informatics category (out of 20 journals).

Hosted at the Open Access & ePublishing Research Unit, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, the journal has also served and continues to serve as a unique publishing laboratory to experiment with new business models and to develop open source software to create and sustain "lean" open access journals.

In this talk we will give an overview over the innovations and research & development streams at the Open Access & ePublishing Research Unit.

These include the following

- a new OJS plugin ("Virtual Copyeditor") that - fully integrated in OJS - handles the copyediting and typesetting workflow, handling the entire production process from Word files into Pubmed Central (NLM-DTD) compliant XML files at the click of a button, cleaning up the manuscript and checking references in the process.

- experiences with various innovative business models, including a hybrid open access / membership business model, article processing fees, submission fees, fast-track fees, advertising, protocol/grant proposal review services, print-on-demand sales, subscription / library sales, and offering hosting and typesetting services for other journals  - what worked and what didn't?

- publishing innovations such as the development and use of WebCite® (http://www.webcitation.org), an archiving system for cited webreferences including online webpages, PDF reports and other "grey" literature, and original data (Exel files etc). This system is now used by almost 200 other journals, including BioMed Central journals.

- research on the Impact of Open Access on Knowledge Translation

- experiences with open peer-review and Web 2.0 approaches to peer-review: following our "triple-O" strategy (open source, open access, open peer-review), we will also present some of our preliminary experiences with various open peer-review experiments launched in 2008, with largely discouraging results.


open accesss, electronic publishing, medicine, OJS