Open-Access Medical Journals: New Product for New Customers

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Medical journals, imagined by many to be as dull as telephone directories and twice as obscure, influence the lives of everybody—and not always for the better. Not only do they affect how doctors treat patients and the actions taken by public health authorities, they also influence how we think about birth, death, pain, and sickness. It may therefore make sense - for the thoughtful but not necessarily expert reader—to pay attention to the ways of medical journals, particularly as many of those ways are deficient and need reform. Some societies and some commercial publishers have grown rich from their journals, earning profit margins of 40%. They were ‘must have’ journals,quasi-monopolies. New paper journals ceased to appear in such large numbers a decade or so ago because the traditional business model— of selling subscriptions primarily to institutions—would no longer work.


Hisham Hosny


Graduated at Cairo University 1996. Currently works as an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia & Intensive care at Cairo University. Also a Senior Clinical fellow of anesthesia & Intensive care at Harefield Hospital, UK. Editorial manager of the Egyptian Journal of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. Associate editor on BMC Anaesthiology, UK.

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Noor Publishing


open access, medical journal, Marketing

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MEDICAL / General