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Where’s the BMJ research? Depends where you look…

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After doing a slow burn about a significant library science teaching article  from the BMJ-owned Postgraduate Medical Journal and probably never getting it in PubMedCentral,  I found my way back to the main page of BMJ and saw, I thought, something to credit as accellerating open access:

“The BMJ (Impact Factor 13.66) provides open access to peer reviewed research as part of its commitment to readers and authors. We make all BMJ research articles freely available online, with no word limit, and send them directly to PubMed Central (the National Library of Medicine’s full text archive).”

Having just left PubMedCentral  with no satisfaction, I decided to go back and check out this promise.  Arriving at the BMJ page in PubMedCentral,  it did not appear that there were any articles beyond 2008.

Then I returned to the BMJ Research page and tried to guess where all the 2009-2010 research article had gone.  I looked at a featured current article on laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and it was there and free, as promised.  Good.  I also found it in PubMed, with a link back to BMJ.  

So here is an idea of what should be found on the BMJ web site or with a link-back in PubMed, courtesy of the current issue:

So  I have to question whether BMJ’s current articles are going into PubMed Central, if I cannot find anyting since 2008 in PubMed Central.   I welcome a BMJ explanation of what’s going on….


Wed, September 1 2010 » Uncategorized

2 Responses

  1. Pam Hastings September 2 2010 @ 16:09

    If you look at the PMC page, just above the article list, it explains this. It stinks, but there you go.

  2. Jim Till September 5 2010 @ 11:08

    When I searched PubMed using the search term “BMJ[Journal]“, and limited the search to the subset “PubMed Central”, the results (obtained on September 5) did include links to “Free text” available via PubMed Central. The most recent of these links was to an article published in BMJ on August 24, 2010.

    So, recent research articles published in BMJ are indeed being archived in the PubMed Central repository. Apparently, it’s the “Archive of BMJ” page in PubMed Central that’s incomplete. It includes nothing from issues of BMJ published after July 19, 2008.

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