OA (1) Open Access: Perceptions and misconceptions

20 July, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On behalf of the HIFA working group on Access to Health Research I am delighted to announce our new sponsored HIFA thematic discussion:


The discussion starts here on HIFA this Monday 22 July and will last for 4 weeks. The main discussion will be on HIFA (English) and we shall also hold parallel discussions on CHIFA (child health and rights), HIFA-Portuguese, HIFA-French, HIFA-Spanish and HIFA-Zambia (see below on how to join our sister forums).

Here are some of the questions and myths we'll be exploring:

What is open access? What is the difference between open access and free access? What are the different types of open access?

Myth 1: Open access journals have a less rigorous approach to quality control and peer review than subscription journals

Myth 2: Open access journals discriminate against authors who cannot afford article processing charges

Myth 3: Open access will not make any difference to health policy and practice.

The key findings from our discussion will be collated and presented at the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors Convention in Xi'an City, China, 3-4 September 2019.

Please forward this message to your contacts and invite them to join us! Please point them to our landing page here: http://www.hifa.org/news/open-access-perceptions-and-misconceptions

We are grateful to The Lancet and Elsevier for providing sponsorship for this thematic discussion. (Note: HIFA invites all organisations, and especially our 300+ official supporting organisations, to consider sponsorship of a future thematic discussion of your choice - sponsorship of discussions enables HIFA to thrive and brings collective focus to priority global health issues. Contact the HIFA Coordinator for details of sponsorship opportunities.)

Special thanks to HIFA intern Catriona Grant who has helped with the preparation of this discussion, including a comprehensive background paper which is available here:


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Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org