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Monday, February 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
(ARCHES) Open Access Publishing in 2017: The Pros and Cons of Disseminating Outcomes of Educational Scholarship Via Open Access Journals

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Abstract Body: Introduction: With the relatively recent introduction of academic tracks for educators, the rapid rise of numerous degree granting programs in medical education, and other trends encouraging faculty to seek academic advancement via the scholarship of integration, application or teaching (Boyer 1990), often referred to as educational scholarship, the number of individuals seeking scholarly publications in medical education is increasing dramatically. Acceptance rates in traditional medical education print-based journals are dropping as the number of submissions grows. Are we creating a “perfect storm” in which faculty expectations for career success as an educational scholar will be dashed on the shoals of failed attempts to publish scholarly investigations? So what’s to be done? Might the increasing availability of open access, on-line journals be a possible solution? Because open access publishing is still relatively new, the pros and cons of this approach are not well understood by many medical educators. According to growing bodies of evidence, both formal and informal (e.g., https://www.tue.nl/en/university/library/education-research-support/scientific-publishing/open-access-coach/basic-concepts-and-background/pros-and-cons-of-open-access/), the pros include: "enhanced visibility and impact of one's own work as open access articles are downloaded and cited more frequently than articles from non-open access journals"; "free access to scientific knowledge, information and data which strengthens the basis for transfer (education), development (research) and valorization of knowledge"; and "faster turnaround time from submission to publication". The cons include: quality because open access journals do not have an established reputation; open access publishing is more costly for the scholars; and "predatory open access journals try to mislead and cheat authors". Objectives: 1) Understand trends leading to increased difficulty in publishing scholarship. 2) Describe pros of open access options. 3) Describe cons of open access options. Methods: In this panel discussion about the pros and cons of open access publishing, we will dedicate the first 30 minutes to set the stage for the discussion by briefly describing current trends increasing the competitiveness in getting published as a medical educator and describing the current landscape of open access, on-line publishing. We will also solicit personal testimonies from participants about their personal experiences publishing or accessing publications from open access sources. We will then use the remaining 60 minutes to facilitate a panel discussion. This discussion will begin with brief statements from panel members, followed by questions and statements from the audience. Outcomes: The last 5 minutes will be reserved for the moderator to make concluding remarks and recommendations. Intended Audience: WGEA members interested in promoting educational scholarship as a path to academic advancement 

Monday February 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm

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