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AMHP Publishes First OA Articles

November 26, 2019

AMHP Publishes First OA Articles

The Editorial Board of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance (AMHP) had been considering for a few years whether or not to offer an Open Access (OA) option to authors.

   In pursuit of this, Pam Day, the Managing Editor, created and sent out a survey to authors and reviewers to solicit their opinions regarding Open Access. The results were published in January 2018. Many respondents indicated they felt OA articles were easier to find; published faster; were more widely disseminated; and provided more equitable access to those in less developed nations. 
   However, paying to publish was viewed negatively and no overwhelming benefits of OA stood out except perhaps having a wider audience and free access. The traditional model was seen as more rigorous in peer review, and as having a higher impact factor and higher quality submissions. 
   Despite this, many institutions have moved toward an author pay model and away from subscriptions and are requiring OA or depositing of works in a repository. While the journal has always allowed the final accepted version to be freely deposited, some authors desire to have the final published version available. Therefore, this year AMHP made an OA option available along with the traditional publication option; there is no obligation for authors to choose OA. The first three OA articles are published in the December issue [AMHP 2019; 90(12)]. These articles are denoted by an unlocked symbol [] next to the title. For more information on OA and AMHP’s hybrid option, please read Dr. Bonato’s October editorial.