02 November 2016
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that from 2017, its rapid-publication journal Healthcare Technology Letters (HTL) will publish under a gold open access model. The journal will also increase in frequency from 4 issues to 6 issues per year.
Launched in 2014, HTL was developed to provide a home for peer-reviewed, innovative and timely research in the multi-disciplinary area of healthcare technology. The switch to a fully open access model enables essential research in this fast moving field to be made freely available to anyone who wishes to read it and use it. Articles are also deposited immediately in PubMed Central, further increasing visibility and discoverability of research.
Speaking of the announcement, Vincent Cassidy, Head of Academic Markets at the IET: said, “Open access continues to grow in popularity and is becoming increasingly mandated by both funding bodies and universities. By changing the publishing model of HTL to fully open access, we can help researchers comply more easily with these mandates whilst aligning with the overall mission of the IET to support the progression of research across all engineering disciplines.”
An e-first journal, HTL focuses on the most recent advances within a wide scope of disciplines, encompassing biomedical engineering, and computer and information science for healthcare. It is supported by a prestigious, international editorial board comprising members with expertise across a wide range of healthcare technologies.
Cassidy added: “In the relatively short time it has been publishing, HTL has seen a significant increase in submissions which further underpins our decision to make this essential information openly accessible. The journal is quickly becoming established as a resource to keep readers and researchers abreast of the latest developments in healthcare technology. The change in business model and increase in publication frequency will help us to better serve this community who depend on timely access to novel research.”
Article processing charges for papers accepted for publication in 2017 will be waived. The first fully open access issue of Healthcare Technology Letters will publish in February 2017.