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I have some exciting news—after most of a year of work, the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal has been accepted for inclusion in the PubMed Central electronic database. This is a subsection of the National Library of Medicine, which produces PubMed, the premier electronic database of research already familiar to many of you. PubMed Central's mission is to provide free full-text articles that match users' search criteria. The process of evaluation ensured that the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal represented a unique niche not already present in the Library's holdings and that the work published in the Journal is high quality. Thus, being accepted validates the quality and uniqueness of our journal.
Free, full-text article availability is one of the emerging trends in research. Most University libraries are now spending more of their budgets and efforts on electronic subscriptions and holdings than the traditional print journals. Most researchers are doing “library work” from their own computers. Many clinicians are using online databases to locate relevant research for their clinical questions. Immediate access to full-text articles is certainly the preferred format. Having this access available through a PubMed search validates the credibility of the research. We have a growing interest in the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal from outside the United States. We are also gaining visibility with cardiovascular and pulmonary researchers and clinicians outside of physical therapy. The Internet and access to PubMed makes our journal much more accessible to those researchers. By increasing visibility of the Journal, we also anticipate more of these researchers will submit their work for publication. This is a happy cycle which further increases the quality and uniqueness of our journal.
There are issues to be resolved, which will be the focus of the editorial board and journal staff over the next year. For example, how do we balance the “member benefit” of receiving the Journal with the need to be available to nonmembers? What about electronic subscriptions? What does this access do to advertising revenues? What does this mean for printing vs. Web site costs? These questions are not easy to answer, but are very important. We welcome the input of all subscribers, members and nonmembers alike, on these issues.
Increasing the visibility of the Journal means that we need to continue to have a steady flow of all types of scholarship to highlight. We are especially seeking case studies, commentary articles on current issues in cardiovascular and pulmonary practice, systematic reviews, and illustrations of how research is applied in clinical, educational, and administrative settings. We, as cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapists, represent a huge diversity of practice settings philosophy, and stage of evidence-based practice. We need to highlight this diversity to our ever-growing audience. We are blessed with an editorial board and cadre of reviewers who work closely with both novice and experienced authors to help their ideas come to fruition in print. I sincerely hope to see new clinicians, students, researchers, administrators, and educators bring their ideas to us. Please contact me if you have an idea you'd like to discuss.
Here's to an exciting 2010!