A radical new adventure in physiotherapy research publication was launched last week.
The OpenPhysio journal is the brainchild of A/Prof Michael Rowe, CPN Exec member and lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Supported by Physio-pedia, the journal is different to any journal you have probably ever seen before.
Research is published immediately, with no delay for administration or peer approval. Peer review is open to everyone and all feedback is collaborative. Responses are published alongside the finished article and represent their own citable intellectual property. There are no page fees and you retain copyright. Articles can include a range of media including text, images, audio, tagging, hyperlinks, and video.
The journal is supported by international scientific and advisory committees (and here I declare my own interest and involvement in the journal), and clear policies on open access and peer review.
OpenPhysio is another manifestation of a rapidly changing world of media, research and healthcare, and promises to be a radical new way for physiotherapists and others to engage in constructive conversations about the ways we think and practice.