BioMed Central celebrates excellence in open access publishing

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The winners of BioMed Central’s 4th Annual Research Awards were announced at London’s Swiss Re Tower last week. The event was attended by shortlisted authors, eminent researchers, publishers, open access advocates and science journalists from around the world.

The awards, now in their fourth year, acknowledge excellence in research that has been made universally accessible by open access publication. These awards were particularly special this year as BioMed Central also celebrates its 10th anniversary.

In addition to the Biology and Medicine Prizes, this year saw the introduction of a new prize, the BioMed Central Open Data Award, in association with Microsoft Research. This was presented to Yoosook Lee (School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis), for her article in Malaria Journal.

Genome Biology also gave a special award recognising the best article published in the journal during 2009, to mark its 10th anniversary. This was awarded to Ben Langmead (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), for his research ‘Ultrafast and memory-efficient alignment of short DNA sequences to the human genome’.

Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director of BioMed Central, said "We are thrilled with the range and high calibre of this year’s award nominees and congratulate the winners, along with those shortlisted, on their outstanding research. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Microsoft Research and Pfizer, for their continued support of the research awards."

Following the ceremony, BioMed Central hosted an auction to raise money for Computer Aid International. Items included a traditional Zambian king’s mask, an iPad and a cricket bat signed by the England team. Over £2,200 was raised in total.

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page and full details of winners can be found at the BioMed Central Annual Research Awards website.