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Medicine Open Access FAQ

​​​​​​​What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access journals provide 'gold' open access, meaning immediate open access to all of their articles on the publisher's website. ‘Gold’ open access for individual articles is funded by authors (or their author's institution or funders) who pay an open access publishing fee (APC).

What costs does the APC cover?
As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors will be asked to pay an article-processing charge (APC) in order for their article to be published open access. By paying the APC, authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a web site, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

What type of articles will Medicine® publish?
  • Clinical Trial/Experimental Studies (CONSORT Compliant)
  • Observational Studies (STROBE Compliant)
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA Compliant)
  • Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (STARD Compliant)
  • Economic Evaluation Studies (CHEERS Compliant)
  • Clinical Case Reports (CARE Compliant)
  • Study Protocols (PRISMA-P Compliant)
  • Study Protocols (SPIRIT Compliant)

How will readers know articles are open access?
All open access articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open Access' on the full-text and PDF formats of the published work, and information on the type of creative commons license will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

When do authors pay the article-processing charge (APC)?
Authors must complete a payment form on acceptance, a link to which is provided in the acceptance letter, as well as a relevant Creative Commons license form. Authors must return both forms before their manuscript can be processed for publication. 

The APC for Medicine® is $1650 (USD) for the Creative Commons CCBY -NC license and $1950 for the Creative Commons CCBY license.

All Case Reports and Study Protocol articles will be published under the CCBY license and the APC is $1950. 

Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright for their article, with content licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses. Authors can choose to opt for:
  • Attribution: CC-BY. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

If I publish in Medicine®, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
Medicine’s services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

Is Medicine® online only?
Yes, Medicine® will only be available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to Medicine®?
Medicine® is an open access journal, so there is no subscription.

Does Medicine® have an impact factor?
Yes. Medicine’s current impact factor is 1.552 (2019 Journal Citation Reports).


Study Protocol FAQ

​​​Why publish study protocols?
Study protocols provide a detailed blueprint for upcoming clinical trials and Medicine® believes publishing registered trials will help improve the standard of medical research. Study protocols enable more information to be available on current studies, while promoting collaboration and helping to prevent unnecessary duplication of work.

What are the criteria for publishing a study protocol?
Medicine® will consider study protocols for proposed or ongoing research (dates must be included in the manuscript). Articles that report work previously completed will not be considered.

Study protocols must have ethics and approval (if applicable). ​

Registration is mandatory for any clinical trial. Approved registries for clinical trials need to meet all of the ICMJE Clinical Trial Registration guidelines. Trial Registration numbers will need to be included in the abstract.

​Does Medicine® consider unfunded study protocols for publication?
No. At this time Medicine® will not consider the publication of an unfunded study protocol.

Are study protocols fully-citable?
Yes. Study Protocols are fully-citable and will be available freely online.

What article type should I select when submitting a study protocol?
You will need to select Clinical Trial Protocol (SPIRIT Compliant) or Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Study Protocol (PRISMA-P Complaiant) article types when submitting. All considerations must adhere to the SPIRIT or PRISMA-P EQUATOR guidelines and checklists. The checklists can be found under 'Files and Resources' on the Medicine® submission site.

Additional information regarding the EQUATOR guidelines can be found in the following sources:

What is the publication fee for study protocols?
Medicine® will charge an article publishing fee (APC) of $1950 to publish a Study Protocol under the CCBY license. Please be sure to select the proper license on the License to Publish form.​