I have been thinking about how midwives can publish their research. In the front of my mind has been the question: is there a need for an open access international midwifery journal ie a journal that is available online for readers to access without having to pay a subscription charge.
My analysis of open access midwifery journals has shown there is a limited choice for midwives and the market could probably cope with a journal that focuses on open access as a primary aim and managed as such. On the other hand, the Australian College of Midwives journal "Women and Birth" meets my needs - it is open access, has a very credible editorial board and review process led by Professor Kathleen Fahy. The only drawback is that it does not have the same international profile as some of the subscription midwifery journals.
So where does this leave me...and midwives. I do not have the time or energy at the moment to drive the development of an open access journal. And in view of the excellent work that is already happening with "Women and Birth", I am going to recommend that midwives support this journal. If we support it with our work, the journal's profile will increase on the international stage.
What journal would you prefer to publish your research in? If you are a midwife or student who has never published an article before, what support would you like to help you do this?
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