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  • Open Journal of Anesthesiology Article Research Flawed

    Here is the truth about the "Open Journal of Anesthesiology" article and the DMC Research Skewed Against CRNAs.

    This is thanks to the AANA and foundations DYNAMO Lorraine Jordan. Just another example of the incredible value being an AANA member and donating to the AANA Foundation!

    Article Review:
    I have attached the major flaw in the conclusions “This closed claim study indicates that an anesthesiologist was involved in all 38 (100%) anesthesia related claims. CRNAs accompanied the anesthesiologist in 26 (68%) of the claims. One cannot in any way conclude that CRNAs were solely responsible for any negative outcome with out further analysis of team role in outcome. There were no cases in which CRNA only care was provided.”
    See the attached Graphics with highlights.

    Not to mention this did NOT have an IRB approval or a retrospective chart review. The conclusions are, frankly, total deceptions since clearly MDAs were involved in 100% of cases. There also appears to be no acuity consideration especially when some of these are at high acuity trauma centers.

    In addition CRNAs who work at these centers say MDAs never do a case on their own.

    What is interesting is that I see these results totally differently. Since an MDA was involved in EVERY case where there was an issue seems to me the conclusion should be that MDA involvement does not provide any outcome advantage.

    OJAnes DMC research skewed aganist CRNA.pdf

    More GREAT info:

    Scientific Research Publishing is an academic publisher of peer-reviewed open-access electronic journals, conference proceedings, and scientific anthologies. As of December 2014, it offers 244 English language open access journals in the areas of science, technology, business, economy, and medicine. Its principal place of business is in Wuhan, China.
    The company has been accused of being a predatory open access publisher, and of abusing bulk email.

    Open access type

    According to Scientific Research Publishing's website it publishes fee-based open-access journals (Gold OA). Payments are incurred per article published. Authors are permitted to archive their work (Green OA). Preprint,postprint and the publisher's PDF version may be used. According to Scientific Research Publishing's website, journals published are fully open access, with reuse rights based on CC-BY or CC BY-NC. All of its journals are archived by PORTICO.


    The organization was set up by a group of friends from the United States and from China to promote exchange between scholars. It was founded by Professor Huaibei (Barry) Zhou and a few other scholars. Scientific Research Publishing, Inc. has several private owners and is a registered corporation in the state of Delaware, USA. First registration was in 2007. Today SCIRP is part of a publishing group together with Hans Publishers (Chinese language scholarly OA journals) and Open Access Library (multifunctional: search engine, index of external OA articles, repository, and mega journal).


    Scientific Research Publishing generated controversy in 2010 when it was found that its journals duplicated papers which had already been published elsewhere, without notification of or permission from the original author and of the copyright holder. Several of these publications have subsequently been retracted. Some of the journals had listed academics on their editorial boards without their permission or even knowledge, sometimes in fields very different from their own. In 2012, one of its journals, Advances in Pure Mathematics, accepted a paper written by a random text generator. The paper was not published, but only due to its author's unwillingness to pay the publication fee. The company has also been noted for the many unsolicited bulk emails it sends to academics about its journals.

    The company has been included in a list of questionable open access publishers, according to Jeffrey Beall's criteria. Beall states that "This publisher exists for two reasons. First, it exists to exploit the author-pays Open Access model to generate revenue, and second, it serves as an easy place for foreign (chiefly Chinese) authors to publish overseas and increase their academic status." He acknowledges that its fees are relatively low, describing this as "a strategy that increases article submissions," and that "it has attracted some quality article submissions. Nevertheless, it is really a vanity press."
    Beall points out that "Scientific Research Publishing ... like many questionable open-access publishers, ... is registered in Delaware" and therefore wonders "if the firm reports its income".

    Further controversy was generated by a mass resignation of the editorial board of one of the company's journals, Advances in Anthropology, in 2014. According to the former editor-in-chief, Fatimah Jackson, it was motivated by failures to include the editorial board in the journal's review process, and by "consistent and flagrant unethical breaches by the editorial staff in China", for whom publishing the journal "was only about making money." According to Beall, this was the first mass-resignation from an open-access journal.