10 Open-source Publications for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare researchers, scientists, and practitioners have a lot to gain when it comes to open access publications. A worldwide corpus of new and revolutionary works expands on a daily basis. From pharmacology to internal medicine to neurology, we find cutting-edge research from open access sources that span all healthcare disciplines.

In this article, we’ll show you 10 interesting open access healthcare journals. This should give you a taste for what’s out there. And we hope it will inspire you to do some digging and find more free knowledge that you can use in your own work. Most of these publications (and so many more!) can be found on the Directory of Open Access Journals, PubMed, and/or OMICS Online – trusted sources of open access journals.

We invite you to explore these resources and we wouldn’t be surprised if you end up amazed by just how much knowledge is being shared – completely free to you. Now, let’s dive into 10 open-source publications for healthcare professionals from around the world.

1. The European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine

The official journal of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), which represents 35 national societies from 33 European countries, promotes best practices and innovation in general and internal medicine. This is a forum where doctors and researchers can post reports of unusual or complex cases in order to help each other learn and gain new insights. For an overview of what you can find in the journal, check out their editors’ choice page.

2. The International Clinical Neuroscience Journal

This open access journal focuses on the rapid publication of original research that is of interest to the international neuroscientific community. They seek to increase knowledge and stimulate research across the neurology spectrum, including topics like molecular, cellular, developmental, behavioural and cognitive, and systems. This quarterly journal is peer-reviewed. All their articles are easily accessible in online PDFs and they also provide full transparency about their policies and ethics.

3. Medical Journal of Babylon

This official publication from the College of Medicine, Babylon University, is peer-reviewed and fully open access. They offer articles on recent developments in clinical medicine and basic biomedical sciences such as general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, immunology, and more. Readers can find a list of their most popular articles and view the full text from a workstation or even a mobile device. So far, their most viewed article is about the histopathological effect of energy drinks.

4. Transplant Research and Risk Management

Published by Dovepress, this peer-reviewed, open access, international journal covers all aspects of transplantation and how to manage risk for optimal outcomes. They publish original research, clinical studies, basic science, reviews, guidelines, and more. They have been a subscribing member of the Committee on Publication Ethics since 2011. Their most-viewed article is a review of the ethics, progress, and future targets of facial transplantation.

5. Medicina Moderna: The Journal of Bucharest College of Physicians and the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

Since 2014, Medicina Moderna has published original articles and case reports across the spectrum of basic, clinical, and experimental areas of healthcare. They edit the journal in English, and they provide abstracts and keywords in both English and Romanian. This open access journal is released on a quarterly basis. Instructions for authors and their peer-review protocol are also available for review on their website.

6. Iraq Medical Journal

Published by Nab’a Al-Hayat Foundation for Medical Sciences and Healthcare in Iraq, the Iraq Medical Journal (IMJ) is an international, open-access journal that disseminates both original clinical articles and research experiences on prevalent diseases in the gulf region. This quarterly, peer-reviewed publication provides a platform for Iraqi scientists and doctors both within the country and abroad. All their articles are available within the guidelines of the Attribution-NonCommerical 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) standard.

7. Research Involvement and Engagement

One of the most unique features of this journal is that all submissions are peer-reviewed by both patients and academics. It is an interdisciplinary, health and social care publication that focuses on patients and wider involvement in all stages of research. By co-producing this open access journal, Research Involvement and Engagement provides a voice to stakeholders that are usually left out of the discussion. More details about how they include patients can be found here.

8. Advances in Cancer Prevention

This journal is one of over 700 open access publications that fall under the OMICS International umbrella. It addresses all types of cancer, explores how cancer forms in the body, and provides studies in cancer prevention. This includes research about cancer vaccines, chemotherapy, scintimammography and more. They use an Editorial Manager System to ensure quality in the submission, review, and editing processes.

9. Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy

OMICS International publishes open access journals across almost every conceivable aspect of healthcare, including the traditional and herbalist way of preventing and treating disease. This provides a platform for clinical research and modern methodology to be applied to centuries-old remedies. Topics include acupuncture, herbal medicines, holistic health, and other traditional medicines. It takes a scientific approach to side effects, toxicology, efficaciousness, and more.

10. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences

This peer-reviewed journal covers topics in clinical pharmacy alongside clinical and experimental pharmacotherapy. It is produced by the Japanese Society of Pharmaceutical Health Care Sciences. The journal offers flexible, speedy, and high visibility to researchers involved in drug informatics, pharmacoepidemiology, and other similar topics. They adhere to BioMed Central’s editorial policies.