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How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (4) The role of Open Access

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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.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
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Virginia Barbour
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Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Executive Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, a position she has held since 2015. In 2004, she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine, finally becoming Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS from 2014 until 2015. She has a part time position split between the Library and as Professor in the Office of Research Ethics & Integrity at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is Chair of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). She has a medical degree from Cambridge University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has been involved in the development of a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She has been and is currently involved with a number of Open Access, publishing, and ethics initiatives. She has an academic title as Professor in the School of Medicine  at Griffith University, Queensland and is also an honorary Professor at the University of Queensland. She is based in Brisbane, Australia. Her ORCID ID is: 0000-0002-2358-2440. v.barbour AT

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