We recently revealed the top 10 most read Open Access articles published in 2016 across Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals. In this post we hear from some of the editors of the journals that made the list on why they think this research resonated so widely, the importance of Open Access research, and the implications for their journals.
Kirrie Ballard, Editor of International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
“Learning how to read is critical to social, academic, and vocational success and strong language development is the foundation. Speech-language pathologists, therefore, are highly qualified to drive research and educational practices in this area. Professor Snow’s contributions are world-renowned and the success of this paper attests to that. There continues to be considerable debate around best approaches for reading instruction and this paper tackles that head on.
We fully support open and fair debate on reading instruction approaches to move this field forward and improve the chances of success for every child; and the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology is an ideal forum for this. We encourage contributions that present a range of viewpoints, models, and methodologies from around the world and that represent all professions that have a stake in this field.
This paper is a loud and clear statement in support of Open Access literature. Making the latest research freely available is a strong step toward rapid translation in to clinical practice, potentially effecting immediate change in the lives of people with communication-based disorders.”
Snejana Pavlova, Executive Editor of Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment
The final checkpoint. Cancer as an adaptive evolutionary mechanism by Rumena Petkova and Stoyan Chakarov
“The idea discussed in this article is original and we are glad to see that it has intrigued a wide range of readers. What makes this article interesting is that, in addition to giving a review of relevant literature, it dwells on an original philosophical view of cancer as an adaptive evolutionary mechanism.
Rumena Petkova and Stoyan Chakarov are regular contributors to the journal and have been returning authors over many years. A long-term relationship of trust between the authors and the editorial team of B&BE laid the ground for long discussions as the article was planned and acquired its final shape before a final acceptance decision.
The journal’s open access policy encourages unlimited dissemination and opens up opportunities for wider citation potential, especially of papers on socially important issues. The papers considered for publication in B&BE reflect the latest advancements in science and present innovative applications, with the aim of finding modern and alternative solutions to global problems.”
Donna Kaiser, Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making by Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray, Juan Muniz
“Art therapists working with patients on a daily basis know the value of art therapy for reducing a range of symptoms and promoting positive emotions important to therapeutic progress. This study is one of the few to demonstrate, using biomarkers, that physiological changes occur during art making and that these may be associated with the healing benefits of art therapy. We hope this article draws in new readers who will explore the emerging evidence on art therapy and stimulates further research on how art therapy provides distinctive advantages for treating challenging psychological conditions.”
Martin Hagger, Editor of Health Psychology Review
Behaviour Centred Design: towards an applied science of behaviour change by Robert Aunger and Valerie Curtis
“I think the main reason was that it was a very new and different approach from people that were not specifically in the discipline, but have some decent knowledge of the field.
It was universally liked by the reviewers, and I think they saw it as a fresh perspective. It also had quite an interesting title, and good key words which are popular like ‘behaviour change’.”
Explore the full list in this post on Author Services.