A history of open access

BioMed Central celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2015, with many successes and innovations along the way. We've selected just a few highlights from the history of BioMed Central, some milestones for open access publishing and landmarks in open access policy. Click 'Read more' for more information about each milestone.

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BioMed Central founded

3rd August 1998
Announcement Date : Aug 3 , 1998Categories: BioMed Central

BioMed Central was founded as the first commercial open access publisher in August of 1998. At…

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Launch of PubMed Central

1st February 2000
Announcement Date : Feb 1 , 2000Categories: Open access milestones

PubMed Central is a digital archive of full-text journal articles pertaining to biomedical and…

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Launch of ISRCTN Registry for clinical trials

6th May 2000
Announcement Date : May 6 , 2000Categories: Open access milestones

The ISRCTN Registry was launched in 2000, then called Current Controlled Trials. The first…

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BioMed Central recruits first Editorial Board members

25th May 2000
Announcement Date : May 25 , 2000Categories: BioMed Central

Ten prominent biomedical scientists joined BioMed Central’s Editorial Board, reported Nature…

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BioMed Central publishes first article

19th July 2000
Announcement Date : Jul 19 , 2000Categories: BioMed Central

The very first of more than 177,000 articles published by BioMed Central with total number of…

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Wikipedia launches

15th January 2001
Announcement Date : Jan 15 , 2001Categories: Open access milestones

Wikipedia, the free-access online encyclopedia, launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger on 15th…

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Budapest Open Access Initiative

14th January 2002
Announcement Image Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : Jan 14 , 2002Categories: Open access policy

Released to the public in January 2002, the Budapest Open Access Initiative is a global…

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First release of Creative Commons licenses

16th December 2002
Announcement Date : Dec 16 , 2002Categories: Open access milestones

A Creative Commons (CC) license is a license that enables people to ‘share, use & build upon’…

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Directory of Open Access Journals founded

1st January 2003
Announcement Date : Jan 1 , 2003Categories: Open access milestones

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) was launched in 2003 at Lund University in Sweden,…

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Wellcome Trust announces its support for open access

10th March 2003
Announcement Date : Mar 10 , 2003Categories: Open access milestones

The Wellcome Trust positions itself in support of open access in light of the conclusions of a…

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Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing

20th June 2003
Announcement Date : Jun 20 , 2003Categories: Open access policy

The Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing was produced with the intention of…

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Public Library of Science (PLOS) launches

1st October 2003
Announcement Date : Oct 1 , 2003Categories: Open access milestones

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization,…

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Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

22nd October 2003
Announcement Image Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : Oct 22 , 2003Categories: Open access policy

The Berlin Declaration was a major international statement on open access that was signed by a…

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Academia.edu founded

1st February 2008
Announcement Date : Feb 1 , 2008Categories: Open access milestones

The launch of Academia.edu was aimed to help academics share their research papers and follow…

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Open Access Directory founded

1st May 2008
Announcement Date : May 1 , 2008Categories: Open access milestones

The Open Access Directory is a wiki resource about open access launched in May 2008. Conceived…

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First open access day & launch of OASPA

13th October 2008
Announcement Date : Oct 13 , 2008Categories: Open access milestones

October 14th saw the first international Open Access Day, involving over 100 university campuses…

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Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity

14th September 2009
Announcement Date : Sep 14 , 2009Categories: Open access milestones

The COPE (Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity) started in September 14, 2009 as a way of…

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SpringerOpen launches

1st June 2010
Announcement Date : Jun 1 , 2010Categories: Open access milestones

SpringerOpen includes 222 journals over 11 different subject areas. In August 2012, due to high…

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BioMed Central’s threaded publication initiative

14th January 2011
Announcement Date : Jan 14 , 2011Categories: BioMed Central

For articles published from 2011, authors will find links between clinical trial records and…

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PeerJ publishes first articles

6th January 2012
Announcement Date : Jan 6 , 2012Categories: Open access milestones

PeerJ, an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes research in the biological and…

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Wellcome Trust reinforces support for open access publishing

28th June 2012
Announcement Date : Jun 28 , 2012Categories: Open access milestones

The Wellcome Trust announces a tougher stance on enforcing its open access policy that involves…

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BioMed Central’s threaded publications – next steps

31st January 2014
Announcement Date : Jan 31 , 2014Categories: BioMed Central

BioMed Central, in partnership with CrossRef, initiated a cross-publisher meeting in 2014 to…

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Nature Communications becomes fully open access

20th October 2014
Announcement Date : Oct 20 , 2014Categories: Open access milestones

Nature Communications, a journal published by the Nature Publishing Group, was announced…

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ISRCTN registry relaunched

19th November 2014
Announcement Date : Nov 19 , 2014Categories: Open access milestones

Originally created in 2000 and part of the Current Controlled Trials platform in response to the…

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