Accelerating access to biomedical evidence

Turkey’s expanding participation in the biomedical open access literature movement

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You can search the journal database maintained by the online Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for countries where open access journals are published, which will provide a comparative statistical barometer of open access activity.  As of today, here is an interesting comparison of locally published open access:

June 13th 2011 DOAJ Search Result

Country # of OA Journals # of Biomedical OA Journals added in 2010
France 133 3 out of 36 added in 2010
Italy 174 15 out of 47 added in 2010
Columbia 131 6 out of 19 added in 2010
Turkey 163 15 out of 36 added in 2010

I think the unexpected result that we should take notice of is the growing representation of Turkish open access biomedical journals.  What were the Turkish open access biomedical journals launched in 2010?

The publishers range from  institutional sponsorship (e.g. Cumhuriyet Medical Journal (CMJ) is the official publication of Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine in Sivas) to scientific society sponsorship (e.g. Türk Nöroloji Dergisi, the Turkish Journal of Neurology, published by the Turkish Society of Neurology). My inspection of these new biomedical journal titles in 2010 found none with any sort of processing charge and most to have an explicit peer review protocol.


Turkey (source: WHO)

Turkey (source: WHO)

There are more than 36 accredited schools of medicine in Turkey, and many of the biomedical open access journals from Turkey adopt an institutional identity. A World Bank-OECD 2008 review (PDF) of Turkey’s health system cites recent positive health reform aspects such as

“public specialist services of a reasonable underlying quality in many parts of Turkey, a vibrant private sector, upward momentum in levels of health status in the population and a government and a Ministry of Health committed to providing access to quality services to the entire population, but especially to the poor and other underserved groups…The steps taken to implement the HTP (Health Transformation Programme) appear to have made significant improvements to the performance of the system.” (pp 107-108) 

The substantial grow of open biomedical literature can be viewed as a companion outcome of recent improvements in organized, government-funded health care.

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