Open Access Journals – The way forward for out-of-hospital research publications


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The open access journal is becoming a common place to publish compared to the traditional paper based journal as the work is readily available to the research and general community.  The academic community place a lot of emphasis on the quality and impact factor of journals.  There are numerous problems with this stance especially for academic paramedics and the general out-of-hospital healthcare provider.  Some in the academic community look upon open access journals as not being “proper” or “lacking in quality”. In the majority of instances this is not the case as the open access journals have comparable international editorial boards who oversee the manuscript handling processes.


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O'Brien K, Moore A, Hartley P, Dawson D. Lessons about work readiness from final year paramedic students in an Australian university. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2013;10(4).

Ross L. Facilitating Rapport through Real Patient Encounters in Health Care Professional Education. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2013;10(4).

Hall A, Wootton K, Hutton A. Bystander Experiences at and after a Motor Vehicle Accident: A review of the literature. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2013;10(4).

Smith G, Kenneally J. Development and implementation of Victorian prehospital Clinical Practice Guidelines: The supraventricular tachycardia example. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2013;10(4).

Prosser A, Prosser J, Playford D. Rural Residents’ Perception about the Coverage, Cost and Access of Ambulance Services. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2013;10(4).