patientACCESS is a collaborative project with selected medical scholarly publishers, the Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), and the Copyright Clearance Center.
When patients and caregivers want the most up-to-date, cutting-edge peer-reviewed scholarly research at their fingertips, this collaboration lowers the barriers preventing complete access to this research. patientACCESS enables unfiltered access to the papers identified during online searches for information regarding a specific disease or diagnosis.
Who are Scholarly Publishers and What is Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Research?
The world of scholarly publishing is composed of a range of organizations, including learned societies, university presses, government research departments and commercial publishing companies who produce peer-reviewed scholarly research. Scientists use scholarly journals to facilitate communication and to help them filter through the mass of available information by identifying trustworthy and relevant information for use in their work. Scholarly publishers are committed to organizing and managing the peer-review process to ensure readers that the science published in their journals is high quality. Scientists believe peer review improves scholarly communication and is the most reliable method for improving and maintaining quality. However, managing the peer review process is costly. Publishers incur substantial cost supporting the host of people managing the publishing process, including the overhead costs that maintains and upgrades the software and hardware infrastructure required to manage the editorial process. There is also a cost incurred to distribute journal articles widely and to preserve content for many years to come, as well as other costs directly and indirectly related to their publications. These costs are recovered by charging for access to the scholarly journal. More information can be found at http://publishers.org/psp/learnmore/
Results of the Search
patientACCESS offers no interpretation of the accessed scholarly research papers. The entire paper is offered so that the user has access to the most current information possible. Readers are encouraged to share the downloaded original research paper with their trusted health care professionals to help interpret the research results described.