This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.

The BOAI arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on 1st – 2nd December, 2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet. The participants represented many points of view, many academic disciplines, many nations, and had experience with many of the ongoing initiatives that make up the open access movement. In Budapest, they explored how the separate initiatives could work together to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success. They explored the most effective and affordable strategies for serving the interests of research, researchers, and the institutions and societies that support research. Finally, they explored how OSI and other foundations could use their resources most productively to aid the transition to open access and to make open access publishing economically self-sustaining. The result is the Budapest Open Access Initiative. It is at once a statement of principle, a statement of strategy, and a statement of commitment.

The initiative has been signed by the Budapest participants and a growing number of individuals and organisations from around the world who represent researchers, universities, laboratories, libraries, foundations, journals, publishers, learned societies, and kindred open access initiatives. We invite the signatures, support, and participation of the entire world scientific and scholarly community.

The European Medical Journal aims to provide quality peer reviewed, open access journals to thousands of physicians. The journals include congress reviews as well as breaking news, analysis and access to information of unparalleled quality.

The journals span across a wide range of therapeutic areas including Neurology, Gastroenterology and Cardiology, with all the publications and articles freely available and accessible to our online community to read and share. The fully open access journals review the leading congresses within the therapeutic area and are supported by internationally renowned editorial board members.