Announcing a new HIFA Thematic Discussion: Open Access - Perceptions and Misconceptions

11 July, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On behalf of the HIFA working group on Access to Health Research I am delighted to announce our next sponsored HIFA thematic discussion:


See our news item on the HIFA website:

The discussion will start on 22 July and will last for 4 weeks.

We shall explore what OA is (and isn't), different types of OA, the difference beteen OA and free access, the impact of OA on authors and users of research (especially those in low- and middle-income countries, the link (if any) between OA and quality of content (excluding predatory journals - we aim to address this 'cancer' in publishing in a future discussion) - and more!

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.

Please forward this message to your contacts and invite them to join us today in readiness for the discussion here on HIFA:

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 me for details: )

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research

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