AbstractThe 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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