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  1. Open access journals • At submission, often not really aware which journals are open access • Different searches • BMC n=7 • PMC n=16 (including 5 of BMC + BMJ, CMAJ) • Pubmed flagged as free full text AND free in PMC n=14 (including all 7 of BMC + 7 from PHC search) • Pubmed flagged as free full text n=33 (additions from JAMA, Pediatrics, HTA, Archives Disease in Childhood, CMAJ, BMJ, IJE, Annals Internal Med) • Confusing (at least to me as author!)

  2. Concentrate on BMC publications 2003-06 • 5 research papers • Trials • 2006 (x2) • BMC Medical Research Methodology • 2003, 2004, 2005 • 2 protocols for trials • BMC Health services research • 2006 • Nutrition Journal • 2006

  3. Reasons for choice (1) How do I usually choose a journal? • Relevant to subject area • Appropriate audience • High repute • Types of paper published • High impact factor • Likely to be accepted • Reasonable turnaround • Length restrictions • Previous good experiences Don’t usually consider whether open access

  4. Reasons for choice (2) • Earlier, not many BMC journals in existence for long enough to have • High repute or impact factor • Experience about turnaround or likelihood of acceptance • My choices initially therefore based on • Relevant subject area and audience • Often papers potentially hard to place in other journals, especially trials methodology • Lack of major length restrictions • More to do with electronic medium than open access per se

  5. Was visibility of articles noticeably improved? • In terms of more/different people reading • Don’t know • In terms of more transparent processes • Yes: open publication of submission history including referees’ reports and authors’ responses • Implications for editorial openness too

  6. Was the quality of articles affected in any way by decision to publish in open access? • No • Except perhaps allowed more opportunity to ensure lack of clarity not a function of lack of space • More to do with electronic medium than open access per se

  7. Reasons for deciding to publish in open access journals again • In earlier years, not first choice • Now, more likely to be a first choice • Previous good experiences • Higher repute • Especially for methodology and study protocols

  8. Concluding comments • Personal experience only • In general, positive experiences from my chosen journals • Perceived benefits for my work may be more to do with types of papers encouraged and factors related to electronic publication than open access per se • For clinical audiences, still more likely to aim first at general clinical journals (eg Lancet) and then specialist clinical journal (eg Pediatrics) • This may change