Dr. Colin Black

/ Dr. Colin Black


“Can I trust the source? Open versus closed access publications”

The landscape of scientific publishing is moving towards a more open access environment, encouraged by both governmental policy and the rapid adaptation of this medium particularly by intensive care clinicians. The proportion of open access publication is increasing each year, but this has been met with concerns over the quality of both the open access journals themselves and the peer review process they undertake. As the sheer volume of scientific publication increases, it has become increasingly difficult to know what is relevant and what is of high quality. I will briefly discuss the world of open access publishing and what progress has been made to provide quality assurance for such publications.


Dr. Colin Black is a Fellow in Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia at Great Ormond St. Hospital, London. He is a graduate of UCD and a Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, having obtained his CCST in 2017. Dr. Black was awarded a MSc in Clinical Trials through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, one of the worlds leading research institutions, in 2016 and is currently a tutor on the same course, working primarily in protocol development. He is a former Chair of the Committee of Anaesthesia Trainees (CAT) and founded the Specialist Anaesthesia Trainee Audit and Research Network (SATARN) in 2017, which aims to undertake and promote trainee-led multi-centre audit and research. Dr. Black has undertaken bibliographic research into how open or pay-walled access publishing models influence the dissemination of medical research articles.