In our previous reports of countries that we have been visited by, we have been working from the numbers from this website. This was perhaps a bad assessment of the quality of information that a website provides by me, not something that I advocate in these days of the necessity to scrutinise any information that you find on the web. However, having now looked at the United Nations list of members we realise that they have only 193 members listed. So with our google analytics telling us that we have been visited by 193 countries does this mean that we have been visited by all the countries in the world!? If we have really done it, that’s amazing!!
This problem has been combatted recently at the prestigious US academic institution, Princeton University. Explained on their news site, they will prevent researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication.
We have been advocates for open access publishing since even before our launch in 2008, which you can read about here. We offer an open access resource for the physiotherapy profession and also offer the opportunity to publish your research in an open environment. Why? Well Steve Wheeler does a great explanation in support of this in his recent blog post, the case for open publishing. He concludes by saying “what open access does mean is larger readerships for the published research. That has to be worth something in anyone’s book.” Not to mention the fact that it makes knowledge available to those that otherwise wouldn’t have access!
We have an Open Access Directory in Physiopedia and hope that in the future the list will grow. If you know any others please send them to me and I will add them to the directory.
In our opinion Primal Pictures has one of the most complete, detailed and accurate 3D model of human anatomy available. Derived from real human data, this range of software provides over 5,000 3D anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, animations and much more. Physiopedia and Primal are very pleased to now offer a Primal Pictures Image Bank for use in the articles that you create and update.
Primal Pictures have very kindly donated a selection of images for us to use in Physiopedia and although Primal Pictures retain the copyright on these images and request that they are not used outside of Physiopedia without special permission, we can use any of these pictures in articles that you are working on in Physiopedia.
To use the pictures:
- Go to the image bank
- Click on the image that you would like to use. This will take you to the image page for that picture.
- You can get the name of the image from that page. It will look something like this:
Interactive Spine – Lumbar Vertebral Spine – L7F19.jpg
- Add the image to your page as you would normally do. See the adding images tutorial for further assistance.
It’s really that easy! And by the way, it was Primal Pictures’ 20th birthday last week, so Happy Birthday to them!!
Each month we feature some our most valued contributions to Physiopedia in the preceding months. We are very grateful to all these contributors in October 2011.
Clinical Case Presentations Continuing Education Opportunity for Physical Therapists
This project, run by Dr Elaine Lonnemann, is an innovative continuing education opportunity offered to physical therapists that are clinical instructors for Bellarmin University in Louisville, KY, USA.
This month we wanted to feature Lucy for her voluntary contributions to Physiopedia. Lucy is a trainee Physiotherapist at University of Southampton and Healthcare Communications Freelancer. Her help in the quality assurance of Project pages has been invaluable.
Thoracic Spine Fracture
This month we wanted to highlight another page that was created by DPT students as part of a recent project at Texas State University, we love the images that the students have produced.
The Jackson Clinics
Thanks to The Jackson Clinics for becoming a Gold Sponsor. The Jackson Clinics is a locally owned physical therapy practice in Northern Virginia founded in 2005 by Richard and Anna Jackson and has 12 current locations.