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FRI: Open Access Journals: Free, Quality, Peer Reviewed Evidence Based Resources To Support Patient Care (Potenza Atiogbe)

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Potenza Atiogbe
6 January 2019

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The project setting is a UK hospital library.  Underpinning the current work and direction of all UK hospital libraries is the Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH) strategy.  The KfH aim for UK hospital libraries is to provide evidence based information to enable the provision of excellent patient care (Health Education England, 2015).

The 2013-14 statistics show a total investment of £50.9 million into hospital libraries to enable meeting the KfH aim.  £17.8 million of this investment was spent on online journals which are only accessible with a password. Training is required to facilitate access (Health Education England, 2015).  The unpublished 2017-18 statistics show a reduction in overall investment for hospital libraries at £45 million.  £10 million was spent on journals (Reid, 2019).

Conversely, journal prices have increased by 5 - 6% in the last five years (Ebsco, 2018a). The projection for 2019 prices is the same (Ebsco, 2018b). 

These statistics indicate that hospital libraries journal funds are contracting and do not match the increasing journal subscription costs. Librarians have to make difficult decisions about renewing or cancelling subscriptions based on usage and other metrics (Bosch, Albee and Henderson, 2018).  Creative ways of meeting the KfH aim via journals provision are required.

Open Access Journals (OAJs) can help.  OAJ initiatives feature in KfH related literature where the benefits including free access, no passwords, and increased quality are cited.  To date, the national library work has focussed on data gathering about institutional repositories and on adding OAJs to the national link resolver (Gorring, 2019).  The link resolver is an online tool which uses openurl data to direct users to online holdings/resources at their organisation ( and Fenell, 2014).  Users still need to use a password to access OAJs which serves as a barrier.

This project attempts to fill in a research gap by realising the potential benefits of advocating OAJs use for patient care by introducing a new workshop. As part of the implementation theme of the Open University H818 2019 Conference, the initial results from the pilot workshop will be shared.

The focus of the workshop is to address and discuss barriers and misconceptions about the poor quality of OAJs which have been highlighted as a cause for concern despite the long and evidence based history of OAJs (Suber, 2013).  The workshop will showcase how to search evidence based freely available OAJ repositories through the native interface without the need for the link resolver or passwords.

The conference presentation will demonstrate how good practice from advocating OAJ in the academic library sector has been used as an evidence base for this project. 

The presentation will include an opportunity for attendees to feedback on the initial results of pilot workshop and inform future workshop presentations.

The goal post H818 is to implement the OAJ workshop into the regular training programme of the hospital library and write a case study to share with other hospital libraries.


Bosch, S., Albee, B. and Henderson, K. (2018) Death by 1000 cuts, The Library Journal: Journal of the American Library Association, pp. 28–33. and Fenell, C. (2014) Link Resolver, [Online] Available at: (Accessed 9 January 2019).

Ebsco (2018a) Ebsco journal and e-package services: five year journal proce increase history (2014-2018), [Online] Available at: (Accessed 27 December 2018).

Ebsco (2018b) Serials price projections 2019, [Online] Available at: (Accessed 30 November 2018).

Gorring, H. (2019) Email to Potenza Atiogbe, 07 January.

Health Education England (2015) Developing people for health and healthcare Knowledge for healthcare: a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England Library and Knowledge Services, [Online] Available at: (Accessed 20 November 2018).

Reid, L. (2019) Email to Potenza Atiogbe, 04 January,.

Suber, P. (2013) Open access: six myths to put to rest, The Guardian, [Online] Available at: (Accessed 30 December 2018).

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