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Open Access Research in the Irish Health Services

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An example of a practical adoption of Open Access and support networks as part of the NECOBELAC Project and Information Dissemination in Public Health. Dublin, Ireland May 2012

An example of a practical adoption of Open Access and support networks as part of the NECOBELAC Project and Information Dissemination in Public Health. Dublin, Ireland May 2012

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  • Impact Factor of Immunology journals has high average: over 3
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    • 1. Open Access research in the Irish health services Aoife Lawton Systems Librarian, Health Service Executive NECOBELAC in association with Irish Institute of Public Health Dublin, 9th May 2012
    • 2. Who are the researchers? 1. Medical/Dental profession 2. Nursing & Midwifery 3. Health & Social Care Professionals (50+) 4. ManagementSource: HSEs Health Service Personnel Census at 31st December 2011, Stats for 2011 correct as of Sept 2011
    • 3. Challenges to health professionalsChallenges to conducting Challenges to OA research: publishing:• Service pressures – no • Cost (€1320-€1510 per article) protected time • 10 OA Irish journals, only 1 is health related• Not part of core work, • Highest impact factor journals patients first are not OA• Infrastructure• Methodological support• Career pathway for research staff• Research skills – training• Research “value” culture• Lack of awareness of OA
    • 4. Top 10 journals by impact factorTop Medical Top Health Services
    • 5. Top 10 journals by impact factorTop Psychiatry Top Nursing
    • 6. Comparable OA journalsTitle Impact Title Impact Factor FactorBMC F Pract 1.47 BMC Public 2.36 HBMC Health Serv 1.72 BMC Infect 2.83Res DPop H Metric 1.46 Annals of 1.53 Gen PsyImplemt Sci 2.51 BMC Psyc 2.89Arthritis R&T 4.36 BMC 1.40 SurgeryBiology D 3.74 BMC Cancer 3.15
    • 7. Metrics – impact, “twimpact”, article metricsNon OAarticles OA articles Future: abstract metrics?
    • 8. Governance• 50 RECs• Section 7 of the Health Act 2004 gives statutory responsibility to the HSE in terms of research. In response to the Fottrell and Buttimer Reports HSE established Medical Education, Training and Research (METR)
    • 9. Organisational Barriers & ProgressBarriers Progress• Leadership: no director of • Medical Education, research in the HSE Training and Research• Restructuring of HSE (METR) 2008• Workforce planning • Academic clinician posts• Value for Money – OA model (NSP 2011) does not show this yet. • Clinician scientist training• Lack of OA pathways Policy/Mandate • Health Information Bill• EBP v’s Research Due end 2012
    • 10. Initiatives• Lenus launched in Feb 2009 OA repository collecting research from health professionals in Ireland regardless of institutional affiliation• Feb 2011 Irish Health Research Seminar• OA Week• 2011 & 2012 call for research sent to all Irish hospitals & RECs by Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes• Research (ongoing & published) collated in Lenus
    • 11. • Hospital Research displayed by Irish province
    • 12. Future initiatives• Health Research Group Local initiatives: • OA Week • Lenus working group • Promotion & Awareness of OA

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