Open Medicine

At long last, welcome to the first issue of Open Medicine, launched April 18, 2007. This new open access journal represents a milestone in the independence and academic freedom of medical research publishing. 
From the April 18 2007 edition of The Globe & Mail:

A new open-access general medical journal, published in Canada, is about to be born.
Editors of Open Medicine, a journal that won’t charge subscription fees and won’t run advertisements for medical devices or drugs, say they will go live online with the new publication on Wednesday.
The idea for the journal was conceived last year in the wake of the firing of the editor and deputy editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Dr. John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill were fired by the CMAJ’s publisher in what is believed to have been a conflict over editorial independence between the journal and its owner, the Canadian Medical Association.  full story

Selected articles from the first issue:
Why Open Medicine? ;  Factors related to use of prostate cancer screening: The Alberta Tomorrow Project;  Rural medical students at urban medical schools: Too few and far between?;  Accuracy of administrative databases in identifying patients with hypertension;  A systematic review of studies comparing health outcomes in Canada and the United StatesDirect-to-consumer advertising and expenditure on prescription drugs: A comparison of experiences in the United States and CanadaThe joys and challenges of being an open access medical journal;  The media–medicine mix: quality concerns in medical reporting;  Decision-making in primary care: Does screening for peripheral arterial disease improve risk stratification for patients at intermediate coronary risk?;  Pharmaceutical ethics? [book review of Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry by] Jerome P Kassirer more

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