Posts tagged: BioMed Central Research Awards

BioMed Central’s Case Report of the Year: lessons for modern life

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It is case reports themselves that must be the first line of evidence” – Milos Jenicek

Medical case histories have been documented since the time of Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC), advancing clinical knowledge through the use of brief anecdotal notes of individual cases.

In-depth medical research often stems from an initial observation made during a clinician’s bedside encounter with a patient. Therefore, without both detailed and accurate reporting of unique individual cases, medical developments would not have progressed to where we are today.

In our endeavor to identify the ‘best’ evidence available in medicine, we’ve created a hierarchy of medical evidence according to strength, in which systematic reviews and meta-analyses, along with randomized controlled trials, sit smugly at the …

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BioMed Central announces overall winner of 8th Annual Research Awards

Johannes Fleischer from presenting Ellen Heitzer with BioMed Central’s overall Research Award.

After months of work nominating, whittling down, discussing, dare I say arguing, and finally voting, we can now announce that the winners of BioMed Central’s 8th Annual Research Awards, sponsored by, are…


Ellen Heitzer and Michael Speicher from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, and their fellow researchers, for their research investigating markers of prostate cancer, published in Genome Medicine.


Each year BioMed Central’s annual research awards recognise excellence in scientific research made freely available through open access publishing. And each year it doesn’t get any easier. This time round our panel of expert judges had the unenviable task of selecting the winning team of researchers from a shortlist of ten subject-specific category award winners.


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And the winners are…

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Each year the BioMed Central Research Awards recognize the best freely available open access research published within our journals. The awards acknowledge research excellence across all fields of biology and medicine and include an Open Data award, (sponsored by LabArchives) for its contribution to data sharing initiatives, and a Case Report award for the most significant contribution to clinical knowledge in its field.

The best articles, in terms of quality of research, interest and impact, for ten subject-specific category awards, were chosen from all research published by BioMed Central during 2013 by an expert panel of scientists and clinicians.

This year’s winning articles can be found here and cover a range of topics including how …

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Nominate your research winners of 2013

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Which research articles and researchers of 2013 deserve recognition? It’s a tough question to answer. Last year was another fantastic year for open access research, and not least here at BioMed Central. 25,000 articles were published with us, across topics as diverse as malaria metabolics, the genomics of chocolate, and the link between night work and risk of breast cancer.

For the last 7 years, BioMed Central has celebrated the excellent articles and researchers who have published with us . In October, we announced our 8th Annual Research Awards sponsored by antibodies-online, which will recognize work published in 2013.

So who is going to win this year? Well, our dedicated panel of judges will decide, …

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Highlighting the best open access research: BioMed Central’s 8th Annual Research Awards


“Winning the BioMed Central Research Awards 2011 gave our article a boost… a little over a year after the paper was published, it had been viewed almost 4000 times. This is reflected in a high citation rate,” says Áine McKnight winner of the 2012 BioMed Central Research award.

Our Research Awards bring visibility to excellent articles and researchers published in BioMed Central journals. We want to hear what you think are the best articles published in 2013 in a BioMed Central journal, or an individual or institution you think has made a significant contribution to Open Access or Open Data?

If you want to nominate your favourite 2013 BioMed Central open access research article for 8th Annual …

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Presentation of the Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation Research Award


Each year, BioMed Central presents awards in recognition of top quality research published in its journals. The winners of the Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation category award are Julia Oh (pictured) and her colleagues for their article ‘Shifts in human skin and nares microbiota in health children and adults’ published in Genome Medicine.

The judges agreed it was an outstanding article that makes an important contribution to the scientific field as well as being of interest to the general public.

The award was presented to Julia Oh at the American Society for Microbiology general meeting in May 2013. Julia and her co-authors were pleasantly surprised and honored when they were informed that their article …

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Can open peer review work? Biology Direct suggests it can…


Peer review is a process integral to the scientific research cycle, and, for the majority of biology journals, one that takes place behind closed doors. In conventional blind peer review, reviewers remain anonymous to the authors, and their comments are not made available once a paper is published.

The closed nature of this review can have its problems: high-profile commentaries on lengthy, iterative review calling for an end to ‘the tyranny of reviewer experiments’ and ‘painful publishing’ have generated much discussion on the issue in recent years.

But can one of the touted solutions to the problem, namely opening up the peer review process for all to see, work in practice?

Biology Direct launched 7 years ago as a community …

Read more to sponsor BioMed Central’s overall Research Award


BioMed Central welcomes , as the overall BioMed Central Research Award Sponsor for the 7th Annual Research Awards. This prestigious award celebrates the very best in open access research across all disciplines published in BioMed Central’s 250 journals for 2012. is the biggest independent distributor for proteomics  (eg. ELISA kits, antibodies, proteins)  research worldwide serving universities and biotech companies in 53 different countries.



 “At antibodies-online we accelerate research. We interact with the research community every day and are happy to sponsor the BioMed Central Overall Research Award winner 2012. The annual BioMed Central Research Awards have become a key event on the open access calendar. The awards program is an excellent …

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ABCAM to sponsor BioMed Central’s Cancer Research Award


BioMed Central welcomes ABCAM as the official new sponsor for the Cancer Category Award for our 7th Annual Research Awards , which celebrates outstanding open access research in the field of cancer. This includes all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis, pathophysiology epidemiology and management of these disorders.  The Cancer Research Award is one of 10 award categories, the winners of which will be shortlisted for the overall BioMed Central Research Award which carries a prize of £5000.

ABCAM started in 1998 out of a laboratory at the University of Cambridge. It is a web-based antibody company of like-minded scientists. ABCAM’s mission is to enable scientists to discover more with the most comprehensive, honest and up-to-date datasheets, fast …

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Nominations for BioMed Central’s Research Awards close soon

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The deadline to recommend an article for the BioMed Central Research Awards is fast approaching, with nominations closing on the 31st January.

Now in its 7th year, the awards will celebrate the best research published across BioMed Central’s portfolio of more than 240 open access journals in 2012. There are 10 refined categories covering all areas of Biology, Medicine and Health services research, as well as dedicated prizes for case reports, open data and advocacy, The awards this year will allow us to distinguish the articles that deserve recognition across several disciplines.

Each category will be overseen by a dedicated judging panel of internationally recognised leaders in …

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