Chinese medicine (CM) has a history of thousands of years. It is formed by summarizing the precious experience of understanding life, maintaining health, and fighting diseases accumulated in daily life, production and medical practice. It not only has systematic theories, but also has abundant preventative and therapeutic methods for disease. It may be trivially true that CM has a long history, but it is hard to ignore that the placement of this statement at the beginning of a scientific article implies an argument from antiquity that CM should be taken seriously because of this long history. Open access to the scientific literature means the removal of barriers (including price barriers) from accessing scholarly work.
There are two parallel roads towards open access: Open Access articles and self-archiving. Open Access articles are immediately, freely available on their Web site, a model mostly funded by charges paid by the author (usually through a research grant). The alternative for a researcher is self-archiving (i.e., to publish in a traditional journal, where only subscribers have immediate access, but to make the article available on their personal and/or institutional Web sites (including so-called repositories or archives)), which is a practice allowed by many scholarly journals
Last date updated on July, 2014