Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, today announced that Medicine, one of the most respected and frequently cited journals in general medicine, will transition to an open access publication from a subscription-based model. Medicine will provide authors with a distinctive new service offering continuous publication of original research across a broad spectrum of medical scientific disciplines and sub-specialties.
As an open access title, Medicine will continue to provide authors with an established, trusted platform for the publication of their work. In addition, Medicine will provide author tools for ongoing promotion of published articles and data on article usage. To ensure the ongoing quality of Medicine’s content, the peer-review process will only accept content that is scientifically, technically and ethically sound, and in compliance with standard reporting guidelines. Medicine is indexed in MEDLINE® with an Impact Factor of 4.233 based on the latest Journal Citation Reports® (ranking 18th in General & Internal Medicine specialty).
“Providing our partners, authors, and readers with greater access and distribution options to peer-reviewed content is essential to how medical content is consumed by practitioners today. Open access publishing strategies are part of this channel mix,” said Jayne Marks, Vice President Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health, Medical Research.
Medicine will continue to offer subscribers a complete volume of content for 2014, while accepting submissions under the new open access model. The journal will transition from subscription to a fully open access title in 2015.
Open access articles in Medicine will be freely available to read, download, and share from the time of publication. Articles will be published under the terms of the Creative Commons License 4.0, which enables authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work. Medicine will use article payment charges (APCs), applied to accepted manuscripts only. The APC covers the cost of the publication process, including peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining, and archiving.