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Open access: remember the patients

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1545 (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1545

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Should I publish in an open access journal?

Re: Open access: remember the patients

I agree that publishing in an open access journal will improve patient and public access to up-to-date research in medicine. As there are still debate on the pros and cons of publishing in an open access journal (1), all journals should, at the very least, make it a requirement for all research articles to include a lay-person summary that is freely available to the public. If most research articles are required to include an abstract to summarise the study scientifically, it is not too much to ask for them to also include a lay-person summary of similar length and format. Just like an abstract, the lay-person summary should be peer-reviewed, and be made freely available in the public domain or database like Medline that can be searched and access.

Reference:
1. Should I publish in an open access journal? BMJ 2019;365:l1544)

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 April 2019
Chung Sim Lim
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK