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Letters Patients and open access

Open access: remember the limitations of abstracts and the role of professional endorsement

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2252
  1. Erika F J Frey, doctoral candidate
  1. Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Level 4, Building 7, 67 Thomas Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007 (PO Box 123), Australia
  1. erika.f.frey{at}

Further to e-patient Dave’s plea to think of the patients in open access publishing,1 some other important points have been overlooked.

Researchers know that knowledge dissemination is pivotal. As they want their research to have reach and real life impacts, they prioritise publishing fees. Essentially, if it isn’t published and disseminated, it didn’t happen.

In my discipline (e-health literacy), I …

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