Sunday, November 23, 2008

Journal of Palliative Medicine Online Open Access

The Journal of Palliative Medicine is open access for the month of November and December 2008 in celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hooray! All 11 volumes in their full text pdf glory.
I love open access. It is very good for blogging and hot linking to the articles. I wish all journals were built on an open access model to spread the information. But my rant about the lack of open access in medical journals will be saved for another day when I can make more cogent arguments.

It would be great if some of our readers want to comb through some of the early journal articles and see if they can find any gems from the peri-2000 era. In 1998, the Journal of Palliative Medicine was a quarterly publication. I did not know that!

Other facts about JPM I learned from looking at the first issue:

  • Paul Rousseau has been reviewing 'Recent Literature' since the journal began. (Drew did his column inspire Pallimed at all?)
  • Starting a new journal can be tough, but it doesn't hurt to have some of the following people writing the first articles: Tulsky, Billings, Arnold, Christakis, Fine, Ferrell, Von Gunten and of course the editor Weissman. I have always wondered what they were up to now...has anyone heard from these characters?
  • Defining Palliative Care has been an issue for our field from the very beginning.

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