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Top 10 Impact Factor Integrative & Complementary Medicine also has glimmers of gold open access

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I forgot to mention in my last post that the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) subscription now provides access to 12 years of data (1999-2010). I really had not noticed this generosity.

Journal Citation ReportsLet’s look at another subject discipline to assess whether the top 10  2010 impact factor rankings offer substantial immediate open access options. Integrative & Complementary Medicine cries out for openness, given the public fascination with alternative health.  Unfortunately, some publishers, recognizing the scarcity of evidence-based experimentation, rely on subscription revenue and individual article sales,  fueled by marketing and media curiosity. Here is a summary of those top 10 journals with an open access option:

2010 JCR Impact Factor Integrative/Complementary Journals

European Journal of Integrative Medicine Update No --
Alternative Medicine Review No --
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Yes Access for Authors $1500
Phytomedicine Yes $3000
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Yes $3000
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Yes £1175 €1300 US$1880
Integrative Cancer Therapies No --
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Yes $3,000
Complementary Therapies in Medicine No --
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics No --

Interestingly, 50% of the 2010 top-10 impact factor journals in integrative & complementary medicine offer a gold open access option, an identical rate to my last post exploring the top 10 in obstetrics/gynecology.


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