‘Tis the season to imagine new ways forward for more ecologically and socially responsible healthcare futures! One year after the publication of Physiopunk Vol 1, we are happy to share Healthpunk Vol 2: Fiction + Healthcare + You: A collection of 10 Healthpunk stories written by diverse healthcare students, academics, teams and indigenous leaders in over four different languages from around the world, in addition to four commentaries, two editorials, and a prologue to open the entire volume.
Putting together Healthpunk Vol 2 has been nothing but a joy and privilege yet again and we certainly hope you will enjoy reading it just as much. It has been wonderful to delve into all the stories that were submitted to the volume and work with the different authors and commentators that have contributed to this volume, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, EcoHealth students, PhD students in health and society, critical healthcare scholars, political economists, public health scholars, indigenous leaders, bodyworkers, speech and language pathologists, and the list goes on.
And how else would we work but together and across all sorts of disciplinary and sectorial boundaries given the complex social, environmental and health challenges we are facing today? The work that has been done for Healthpunk Vol 2 is some of the most difficult, yet some of the most pertinent: The imagining of futures that not only challenge the status quo but help us see and navigate toward possibilities for more ecologically and socially responsible Eco/health/care futures.
Now it is over to you, dear readers, to take the journey with us over to that other side that this new collection of healthpunk stories is steering us toward. We hope you will enjoy the ride, and maybe take a few others along with you!
Earlier this year we successfully applied for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which means that we will hopefully see an increase in article and journal discovery since DOAJ is an important index for open access journals. We will also soon be working on the technical changes required for inclusion in the Google Scholar database before moving on to PubMed, for example.
Another milestone is that we can now generate DOIs, which are used to identify academic, professional, and government information, including research data, articles, datasets, and metadata. They’re therefore quite important for citation purposes because they group a lot of information about a digital creation within a unique identifier. While journals can publish articles without DOIs, having them creates an additional level of trust for authors. We’re in the process of retrofitting all of our accepted articles and peer reviews with DOIs.
As part of the retrospective updating of articles with DOIs, we’re also going to be adding more explicit licensing information to both the PDF and web versions of our publications. All OpenPhysio articles are automatically licensed with the CC BY 4.0 copyright license , which means that anyone can use the articles for any purpose as long as they provide attribution to the original creator. However, unlike most journals, OpenPhysio doesn’t require that authors sign over their intellectual property to the journal, which means that authors retain the right to host their articles anywhere, to share them with anyone, and to do anything they want with them.
And finally, we’ve set up the technical infrastructure to publish podcasts through the journal website. These will be short, informal conversations with some of the authors who have published with OpenPhysio. It’s not going to be a short version of the article but will instead dig deeper into the rationale behind the article, as well as some of the decision-making that went into the process. We’ve recorded two conversations and will hopefully be posting those shortly.