Healthcare organisations are increasingly providing information and services using digital technologies - online and mobile. But we risk widening health inequalities because the people who most need healthcare are the least likely to be online (in particular older people, people with low incomes, people with lower educational levels, and people in rural areas with poor broadband connectivity).
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Cochrane fully supports the call for making health research from low and middle income countries more accessible... In our philosophy all research should be accessible, no matter by whom it is produced. Therefore, we are working towards the goal of achieving universal open access to new and updated Cochrane Reviews by the end of our current strategic plan, Strategy to 2020. Our plan for reaching this goal includes a process for providing open access immediately upon publication for both new and updated reviews, and later for our substantial archive of published reviews.
Subject: [hifa] How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (14) Medical Council of India (2)
The editors of several Indian journals have taken up this matter. It was discussed by a team of them, when we had the conference of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) in October last year. Some of them got together and wrote this article
Some open access journals charge a fee for this publishing - an article processing charge - but many open access journals are free to publish in as well as being free to read. This is the case for at least 29% (2,601) of the 8,858 journals listed in the Directory of Open Access journals (DOAJ) - a curated list of reputable journals.
I want to share our experience with the Policy BUDDIES project - a collaborative project between researchers in South Africa, Cameroon and the United Kingdom with the aim of increasing policy-makers' demand for research evidence during health policy-making by building the capacity of policy-makers to find and interpret it, but most notably by building formalized linkages with local, objective researchers in the fields of health evidence, evidence-based healthcare, or knowledge translation….
The Brazilian Cochrane Center has been producing high quality systematic reviews for the Brazilian Ministry of Health ever since the late 1990s. These reviews have helped government officials decide what medicines or what devices to buy for the national health system and have helped to save millions of dollars of public money...
many potential authors are not aware of the basic editorial practices and standards and so their articles are often rejected or authors do not even try to publish their research because they think their articles will be rejected. The practical EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators published in >20 languages (http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines) can help a lot.