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Open Access Editorial

Minimally invasive surgery - maximal exposure to research

Ronald Matteotti1*, Seigo Kitano2 and Stanley Ashley3

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1 Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Oita University, Yufu-city, Japan

3 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

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Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research 2011, 5:3  doi:10.1186/1750-1164-5-3

Published: 25 June 2011

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Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research enters its fourth year as an open access, fully on-line journal. In the last few years we witnessed dramatic changes in the world of science, clinically and from a research point of view. Social media and the ever growing world wide web became an integral part of science groups and discussion forums. These new technologies allow for a wide and fast dissemination of cutting edge research, clinical findings and are capable of incorporating audio-visual content unlike any other form of scientific publication, in our fast paced environment an important point not to underestimate. Its big advantage is the open access policy which allows everyone to see your research and dynamic manuscripts immediately upon acceptance. By incorporating an unlimited number of dynamic manuscripts we take the forefront in 'multimedia-publishing'. This new concept is especially useful in the field of minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and newer technologies, like NOTES (natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery), involving endoscopic devices where visual content is more important than a plain manuscript [1]. Scientists still fear to publish open access because of its costs and still not wide acceptance.