Document Type : Articles


1 Associate Professor, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Islamic Azad University, Hamadan Branch.

2 Faculty of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.

3 University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 Deputy of Research and Technology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Intellectual property laws should not be strict protection frameworks for free Access to Information. Instead, as digital space has made it easier to access Information and blur the geographical boundaries of knowledge, Access to Information is permitted for all by amending intellectual property laws nationally and internationally. This is a quantitative study to bridge the gap between the richness and poverty of Information and a means of disseminating knowledge. The Information needed to answer the questions of this research was collected using a researcher-made questionnaire (content analysis and Delphi panel) consisting of five main components (publisher, author, publications, subject, and commercialization) and 63 questions. Questionnaires were sent to the study's statistical population, which was all the open-access medical journals approved by the Ministry of Health. Based on the type of variables, data were described with mean and standard deviation indices for quantitative and frequency variables and frequency percentages for qualitative variables. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS software version 24. The findings of this study are presented in several different tables to examine the intellectual property components and the databases indexing medical journals. Publications indexed on all three sites of Scopus, Web of Science, and PubMed are components one and three due to deviations from the norm. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to examine the uniformity of the score distribution of the components mentioned in the indexes. Only the four components of normality are established. According to the findings, all components have a significant relationship with the index, language, publisher, and time of publications of the Ministry of Health. This questionnaire can be used to provide an intellectual property model for open-access medical journals. And using the presented model to review and evaluate open-access journals in the field of medicine.


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