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Open Access Editorial

A new era of open access publishing in eating disorders

Stephen Touyz1* and Phillipa J Hay2

Author Affiliations

1 School of Psychology and Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2 Schools of Medicine, Centre for Health Research University of Western Sydney and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

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Journal of Eating Disorders 2013, 1:1  doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-1

Published: 22 January 2013

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We would like to welcome you to the first edition of the Journal of Eating Disorders. We are sure that the first questions you may wish to ask would be why a new journal of eating disorders and why an open access one? There can be no doubt that the field of eating disorders is experiencing a phase of major growth. We have strong international eating disorders organisations such as the Academy of Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society and many national societies throughout the world. These societies not only provide local networks for their members but arrange annual conferences to ensure that important new developments in our field are rapidly disseminated. To meet the growing demand for the ever increasing research and reviews of developments in our field, the International Journal of Eating Disorders came into being in 1981. Under the excellent stewardship of the founding editor Craig Johnson and later Michael Strober the International Journal not only met the need for a home for publications in eating disorders but stimulated further interest that has exceeded every expectation.