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Open Access: What it Is, Why it Matters

Journal articles are considered open access when their contents are free and readily available to everyone. The purpose of open access is to increase the reach of original research and reduce cost barriers associated with knowledge sharing. Open access journal articles are important to the health care community, because subscription requirements may limit clinicians' access to essential, current information that is relevant to their practice.

As a nurse practitioner (NP), you need the latest research and evidence-based practice resources at your fingertips to stay up to date with constant changes to health care regulations and recommendations. However, you also know it can be difficult and costly to access and share this information. For those reasons, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is committed to expanding your access to original research that is either NP-led or NP-focused.

New Open Access Award

To improve journal article access and shareability, AANP is excited to announce a new Open Access Award. AANP members who have already had their manuscript(s) accepted to a journal are eligible to apply for this award. Funding will cover the fee associated with a manuscript becoming open access at the time of publication, but it will not cover any other fees associated with publishing, such as manuscript editing, page charges, color charges and fees for supplementary material.

JAANP’s Open Access Edition

Each edition of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) features peer-reviewed articles written to help you stay informed and enhance patient outcomes. Additionally, JAANP provides helpful information about issues encountered in daily practice—for example, workplace fatigue and practice management tips. The January edition of JAANP will be open access. Physicians, physician assistants and other health care professionals will be able to see the high standards of research that NPs bring to the health care community.

Publishing Opportunities for NPs

AANP is devoted to promoting best practices in your work as an NP—and fulfilling your search for the insightful, trusted information you need. AANP members receive free access to two scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. In addition to JAANP, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP) is an NP-focused journal that meets your clinical and educational needs, helps you stay current on policy concerns and updates you on the latest research—topics that affect your day-to-day practice. If you're interested in publishing a brief report, systematic review or other scholarly article, learn more about JAANP and JNP and how you can submit a manuscript for publication.

Not a Member of AANP?

Become an AANP member today to receive a free online subscription to JAANP, plus the journal’s AANP-accredited CE. Being a part of AANP is more than just a membership—it’s a real opportunity to make a measurable difference in the strength of your profession and the health of your patients. When you join AANP, you are joining a movement—a vibrant, professional community of NPs more than 121,000 strong.