Back in March I finally got round to meeting the hard working, funny and all round good guy Rob MacSweeney from Northern Ireland. Not only is he the brains behind critical care reviews, one of the best sites in the world for critical care evidence based medicine, he is also a thoroughly nice chap. If you don’t use critical care reviews as your source of the latest and best easily digestible evidence for critical care then you either have loads of time to do it yourself OR you’re missing out big time. So go over there now and then come back to hear more.
Excellent, I can now tell you about the next and even more exciting to come out of Northern Ireland with Rob and Andrew Ferguson at the helm. An online, Free Open Access Medical Education journal that aims to embrace everything that’s great about #FOAMed and critical care. I’ll leave Rob and Andrew to explain their plans below but here at St.Emlyn’s we are delighted to support the project and hope that you will too.
Announcing a new development in critical care publishing.
It is with great delight we announce the launch of a new open access critical care journal. Critical Care Horizons is a fresh, original voice in the critical care literature, offering thought-provoking, cutting-edge commentary and opinion papers, plus state-of-the-art review articles. As a Journal, we see discussion, commentary, and the sharing of insight, experience and ideas, as central to progress in our speciality. We are free to publish with, free to read, opening authorship opportunity to all working with the critically ill. We are driven by a desire to improve the care we offer our patients, and operate without financial aim or incentive.
We strive to be different, combining the rapidity, broad exposure, and dynamic discussion characteristic of social media with the academic standards of an indexed, peer-reviewed journal. Covering the full spectrum of clinical care, we welcome submissions from all disciplines involved in the care of the critically ill and injured, from pre-hospital resuscitation to Emergency Department care to ICU-based management to post-discharge follow-up, and anywhere else.
The Journal publishes dynamically, releasing material to the website as the final PDF as soon as it has cleared peer-review and editorial processes. Issues will be published quarterly, with additional special editions and articles as required. The Journal is run on a not-for-profit basis, with editorial staff operating on a voluntary basis without monetary reimbursement.
Critical Care Horizons is aligned with the altruistic ethos of the #FOAMed movement, and affiliated with several of the leading critical care and emergency medicine blogs. We have an energetic editorial board, consisting of a deliberate mix of clinicians active in social media and world renowned academics. This is a journal for the critical care community, by the critical care community, without access impediment or financial bias. This is your journal. We hope you will enjoy the content, get involved in the discussions available with each article, and, by publishing with us, share your thoughts and opinions with the world.
With this, we issue a call for both papers and peer reviewers. Neither finance nor profile will be an impediment to publication. The only barrier is you – your willingness to commit time to write and your ability to produce an engaging, skilfully written manuscript. If you have something interesting to say, but feel locked outside the traditional publishing environment, this is your opportunity. If you are an inexperienced author, please enlist the help of an experienced colleague, as formal scientific writing is a skill to be mastered. If you have an idea for a themed issue, and would like to act as a guest editor, please contact the editor-in-chief. Further affiliations from similar altruistic bodies and websites are welcome. The first articles will be published on January 1st 2015.
Join us on an amazing journey.
Rob Mac Sweeney Editor-in-Chief
Andrew Ferguson Senior Deputy Editor
on behalf of the editorial board