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How Science 2.0 and Open Access Really Work

Last week, I wrote about publishing my first paper in PhD (Peripheral blood gene expression patterns discriminate among chronic inflammatory diseases and healthy controls and identify novel targets) and I said publishing in an open access journal was a real priority for us because we really wanted to get feedback from the scientific communities. So let’s see where I shared that paper:

  1. and also my Hungarian medical blog (
  2. Twitter and Friendfeed
  3. ResearchGATE

And let’s see what happened after that:

  • The paper now is the most viewed one in the last 30 days in BMC Medical Genomics.
  • It received the “Highly accessed” badge
  • I received many e-mails with relevant questions and I had interesting discussions on Twitter (actually found some collegues who work in the same field)
  • I got invitations for collaboration from several international labs.

Before you’d ask, yes, I think it’s because we chose an open access journal. It costs a lot but is really worth it.

What is your story?

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  1. Berci, I just wanted to say ‘thanks!’ for making Science 2.0 and open access separate ideas.

    Keep up the great work. I guess you know my Science 2.0 story- coined the term almost a decade ago and then built a site to do it, or at least one aspect of it, since it seems to have grown into whatever people want it to mean (much like web 2.0, I guess)…

    May 26, 2010
    • My pleasure, Hank, do you have an entry in which you tell the whole story?

      May 27, 2010
      • No, but I will have a book, so I will let people know a publication date.

        May 27, 2010
  2. The problem I have with this particular platform is the cost of publication. It would be a major barrier to midwives submitting for publication because so many of us do our research on the smell of an oily rag & don’t have research funds to support this. I have at least 6 articles I wish to publish – I can’t afford to pay this sort of money to publish one, let alone 6 , cheers Sarah

    May 27, 2010
    • You’re absolutely right, Sarah, and I see your point. I could do that because the university backed us. But when it comes tp publishing the results of my Internet in Medicine course, I cannot afford to publish it…

      May 27, 2010
  3. So how will you manage that, Bertalan? There are very few open journals that are relevant to my area – I am increasingly coming to the conclusion that if I want to publish in an open midwifery journal, I’ll have to start one up myself.

    May 27, 2010
  4. I don’t have a solution, yet…

    May 27, 2010
  5. There are >5000 OA journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( and most do not charge for publication. Try, for example, Open Medicine ( where colleagues and I published the following article: Authors should choose OA journals that make no charge.

    May 27, 2010
  6. Anonymous #

    All reputable open access publishers will waive fees for those genuinely unable to pay, so that should not be a barrier.

    June 1, 2010

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