Welcoming SpringerOpen – a new series of open access journals

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Springer
Science+Business Media, BioMed Central’s parent company and one of the world’s largest
Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishers, today announced
a significant expansion of its open access publishing activity with the launch
of SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com),
a new series of open access journals that will span all STM disciplines. Articles
published in SpringerOpen journals will be freely and immediately
accessible online, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

BioMed
Central became part of Springer in 2008, and BioMed Central’s open access
publishing expertise and technology is helping Springer to launch this new
series of titles, which will extend the benefits of open access publishing to
authors and readers across all disciplines. BioMed Central’s Open Access
Membership

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BioMed Central launches two new gateways

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BioMed Central has recently launched two new gateways in the fields of Endocrinology

and Gastroenterology,
providing a useful resource to researchers in these disciplines where
up-to-the minute information including relevant research, recent news
and research highlights can easily be accessed.

Each gateway features an item about a renowned author in the field who
has chosen to publish with us, as well as a "News from around the web"
section displaying updates on the latest advances or discoveries in the
relevant field.

Springer’s Author Mapper, which can be used to view the location of BioMed Central authors around
the globe, can also be accessed via the gateways, giving a picture of the
geographical spread of specialists in these …

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Planning financing for open access

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Last week, Universities UK and JISC held a conference to educate senior university managers about the importance of open access to institutions, how to develop policies and plan financing.
 
A report presented at the conference demonstrates that a single large university could contribute around £3 million each year to the UK research community as a whole simply by sharing knowledge through a more open route.

Indeed, many UK universities and higher education colleges are already exploring open access, but the report suggests more could and should be done in the next five years to make open access the preferred route for publishing research. In turn, it is expected this will increase the competitiveness and creativity of the …

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Family-centred services for children affected by HIV and AIDS – a new supplement

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The Journal of the International AIDS Society, under the leadership of guest editor Linda Richter, is proud to introduce its supplement on ‘Family-centred services for children affected by HIV and AIDS’.

The HIV epidemic continues to place a great burden on children, and the importance that treatment and care for children are integrated into the broader context of family-support schemes is becoming increasingly recognized. In this month’s supplement, Journal of the International AIDS Society has brought together a wide range of articles by leading researchers in the field discussing the rationale for family-centred services and some of the available evidence for the effectiveness of doing so.

The articles presented have been solicited from the ‘The Road …

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Transcriptional regulation of miRNA-21

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According to research recently published in Genome Medicine, a complex of transcription factors which includes p53, NF-kappa-B and STAT3 is responsible for regulation of miRNA-21 expression. This microRNA is significantly upregulated in stressed heart muscle and has previously been suggested as a therapeutic target in a mouse model of heart failure.  

Roger Foo and colleagues used chromatin immunoprecipitation assays and high-throughput sequencing to examine transcription factor binding at the miRNA-21 locus.  They found that p53 acts as a cofactor, forming a protein complex with NF-kappa-B (RELA), and that STAT3 is also required for the complex to associate with the cis-element controlling mir-21 expression.  This may be a more general mechanism of control in other genes whose …

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New and improved Impact Factors for BioMed Central journals in 2009 Journal Citation Report

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The newly released 2009 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report
includes official Impact Factors for 77 BioMed Central journals, 54 of which
are new or improved.

Some highlights:

Genome Biology (IF 6.63)
increased its Impact Factor and remains BioMed Central’s most highly cited
journal.
BMC Biology
(IF 5.64) is now ranked #4 of 73 in the BIOLOGY category.
BMC Medicine
(IF 3.99) climbs to #18 of 132 in MEDICINE, GENERAL &
INTERNAL. 
Five more medical journals in the BMC series received their first Impact
Factors:

BMC Family Practice

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Active DNA demethylation

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In an article recently published in Genome Biology, Michael Rehli and colleagues of the University Hospital Regensburg have identified novel examples of active DNA demethylation that are coupled to the appearance of ‘activating’ histone modifications.

Until now, the majority of evidence for active, replication-independent DNA demethylation in mammalian systems has relied upon inhibiting cell division using pharmacological inhibitors and monitoring any subsequent DNA methylation. Here, the authors avoid the use of inhibitors by investigating DNA demethylation in a differentiation system; that of human peripheral blood monocytes into macrophages or dendritic cells in which differentiation proceeds without cell division. By monitoring genome-wide methylation levels during a time course of differentiation, the authors were able to identify novel sites of …

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Time to put biomarkers to the test in myocardial infarction?

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Have you ever asked yourself exactly what a biomarker is, and what this term really means?  It can be confusing, since biomarkers themselves are discussed in a number of different contexts including: aiding diagnosis, predicting response and monitoring response to therapy, or helping to identify candidates that will benefit from therapy.

In a new review published this month in BMC Medicine, Daniel Chan and Leong Ng from the University of Leicester (UK), outline what makes a good biomarker in the context of myocardial infarction.  Further, they talk about the different biomarkers that have been investigated for use in earlier diagnosis and prediction of prognosis in myocardial infarction, a condition that leads to significant mortality and morbidity.

Chan and Ng …

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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 …

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All content on the new-look Genome Biology website free in June

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Genome Biology has moved to a new website design, joining its sister journal Genome Medicine on a new platform for BioMed Central journals.

To allow all users to explore and appreciate fully the benefits of the new website, which provides a modern and easy-to-use interface for efficient browsing of journal content, all subscription content in the journal has been made free to access until the end of June.

Genome Biology publishes open access research in all fields of biology informed by genomics and all aspects of genomic research. Alongside the original research, Genome Biology subscription content includes systematic reviews, critical assessments, reports, research news and commentary, covering work published both in the journal and elsewhere.

All Genome Biology content …

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