International journal Perspectives on Medical Education (PME) has moved publisher, transferring from large, traditional publisher Springer Nature to the fully open access and open-source publisher ]u[ Ubiquity Press.
Since its initial launch 40 years ago, PME has sought to adapt itself to its ever-changing environment, including switching from Dutch-language to English and becoming open access in 2012. It has fast become a top journal in its field, receiving 941 submissions in 2021 alone, with a 2022 impact factor of 4.113 and a five year impact factor of 4.086.
Dr. Erik Driessen and Lauren Maggio, editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief of PME, explain : “our editorial team decided in 2022 that moving the journal to a fully open access publisher was necessary in order to ensure the journal remained aligned with our core beliefs and values, including transparency and openness. Moving to ]u[ Ubiquity Press has not only ensured this, but has allowed PME to make space for more publications.”
Both Erik and Lauren further mention how they have been impressed with the ]u[ Ubiquity team’s expertise, responsiveness and agility, which ensured a smooth transfer process from Springer and Editorial Manager, to ]u[ Ubiquity Press and its open source OJS submission system, along with all the migration of the journal’s back-content. They are excited about PME’s future at ]u[ Ubiquity Press, and about a future that is more closely aligned with the journal’s values.
Brian Hole, CEO at ]u[ Ubiquity, says: “]u[ Ubiquity Press is very pleased to partner with the Netherlands Association of Medical Education (NVMO), the society behind the journal, in publishing Perspectives on Medical Education. Like the NVMO, we strongly believe that research in this field is of great importance to both medicine and society, and its benefits are greatly magnified through open access. Our goal is to enable researchers to make their work open easily and affordably, and to help them achieve the widest possible audience and impact. ]u[ Ubiquity has now supported over 800 journals, from all disciplines, to become successfully established in open access. We look forward to helping PME grow and achieve even more success and impact as a leading OA journal in its field.”