"Technology has moved forward exponentially in the past 50 years.
New techniques and equipment have made the exploration of the body
move forward by many orders of magnitude in our lifetimes. One new
method leads to dozens of papers that then leads to new techniques
leading to dozens of more papers. An unfortunate problem in todayâs
science is the slow speed of publication. This results in a dissemination
of knowledge that is far slower than the generation of new ideas.
Research, if unknown to investigators, is needlessly duplicated and/or
research directions are followed that may lead to poor results, wasting
time and valuable and hard to find research funding. For this reason,
open access journals provide a timely model for publication in a rapidly
With open access, both the public and people in research gain fast
access and free access to research articles. Many journals, not carried
by local libraries, charge substantial amounts of money to view full text
articles; only abstracts are given free access. In large institutions with
well-endowed libraries, the journals are carried by the institution. But
for many researchers in small countries and poorer universities, access
to these journals is blocked. Further, in hard copy journals, articles can
be in the review and the publication process for well over a year, holding
critical results back from the scientific community.
Thus Anatomy and Physiology, offers fast access to articles about
the anatomy and function of the body, available rapidly and with open
use for both research and teaching. Teaching in particular has been
hampered by the need to seek permission for the use of figures and
material from scholarly publications. For those teaching anatomy
and physiology and writing texts on the subjects, this new journal
format gives immediate world wide access for teaching to state of the
art research. Anatomy and Physiology is a welcome addition to the
scholarly body of knowledge in science.
(Jerrold Scott Petrofsky- Open Access Journals- The New Front Line of Science)
Last date updated on June, 2014