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Getting the British Journal of Sports Medicine to developing countries
  1. P McCrory
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For some years now it has been our policy to give gratis subscriptions to our journals to applicants from countries in the developing world. However, in practice this has had its difficulties. Many developing countries have either poor or non-existent postal services, and granting a print subscription can often be problematic and expensive—the marginal cost of sending the British Journal of Sports Medicine to Africa is around £25 each year.

An editorial in BMJ sets out the arguments very clearly.1 We know that the gap between the rich and poor countries is widening. Whereas those of us in the developed world have information overload, the developing countries have bare library shelves. The internet gives us the opportunity to narrow the gap.

The marginal cost of giving access to the electronic edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine is close to zero. What is more, those in resource poor countries can access electronic journals at exactly the same time as those in the developed world. Even better, they can access what is relevant rather than what is provided, much of which is not relevant. Best of all, …

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