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Open Access Publishing and Resources

Guide to open access content and publishing, including NIH Public Access requirements


FOAMed stands for Free Open Access Medical Education and is a collection of open access medical education resources created to augment traditionally published educational materials such as textbooks and journal articles.  FOAMed materials are often related to emergency medicine and  can be  videos, blogs, tweets, podcasts, documents, charts etc.  FOAMed content is created by individuals or groups and may or may not be peer reviewed or accurate.  


Recent articles about FOAMed

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Evaluating FOAMed content

As with all open access content, readers should critically evaluate information provided via FOAM.    Some factors to note:

  • Is it peer reviewed?

  • Are citations and references provided?

  • Is the information current?

  • Who is providing the information?  

  • Does the content appear to be biased or inaccurate?

As FOAM is a relatively new movement,  metrics to evaluate the content are being developed and discussed  within the FOAM community.  Some examples: