Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. This open access journal provides 'platinum' open access, meaning immediate open access to all of their articles on the publisher's website. 'Platinum' open access for individual articles is funded by Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, who cover all the costs of publishing open access.


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.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright for their article, with content licensed under one of 2 Creative Commons 4.0 licenses.

  • Attribution: CC-BY. This license is available to authors funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), World Health Organization (WFO), and the World Bank and 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-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND. This license allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.

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

Is Porto Biomedical Journal online only?
Yes, Porto Biomedical Journal will only be available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to Porto Biomedical Journal?
Porto Biomedical Journal is an open access journal, so there is no subscription.

Does Porto Biomedical Journal have an impact factor? Is Porto Biomedical Journal indexed in PubMed Central or PubMed?
As a brand-new journal, Porto Biomedical Journal does not yet have an Impact Factor and is not yet included in PubMed Central or PubMed. As soon as the required application criteria are met, the journal will apply for indexing in these databases. When accepted, indexing will occur retroactively. Similarly, when application criteria are met, Porto Biomedical Journal will apply for an Impact Factor.