BMJ - Head To Head: Should I publish in an open access journal? (7)

20 April, 2019

Dear Chris

As usual, excellent contribution and evidence based. It seems to me as I listen to many scientists and researchers from our part of the world especially those in charge of academic promotion who believe that many OA journals lack the quality control and management mechanisms. This means very quick and unrealistic “peer-review” in addition to other minimum standards of publishing. It would be good to look at the quality of publishing of OA journals, apart from the APC (cost of publishing). The “predatory” journals need to be clearly identified and fought against to ensure that the “high quality” OA journals thrive and get more recognition by the academia.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,

e-Marefa Advisor

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HIFA Profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.

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