Open Access: Perceptions and misconceptions

11 July, 2019

The HIFA working group on Access to Health Research is delighted to announce our upcoming sponsored HIFA thematic discussion:


The discussion starts on 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.

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.

Join HIFA today to take part!

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.)

HIFA Project on Access to Health Research