Medscape drops publication of articles

The Medscape Journal of Medicine announced Friday that it is ceasing publication of new articles.

The Journal was one element of the Medscape Web site, which will continue “focusing on our role as an aggregator and interpreter of medical information and not as the primary source for original scientific articles.”  The announcement says “all previously published articles will remain published and available on the Medscape platform, indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, and – for the next several years – in full text at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/ as well.”

Ivan Oransky, managing editor for online at Scientific American and an AHCJ board member, writes about the changes and about open access medical journals in general.

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