Posts tagged: BioMed Central

Call for Papers- Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states


The Editors of Conflict and Health, in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS), would like to invite authors to submit papers presenting research articles, case studies, methodologies and reviews on health systems in FCAS.

These will form a Conflict and Health special series on health systems in FCAS. The Thematic Working Group is part of Health Systems Global[1], an international membership organization dedicated to promoting health systems research and organiser of the Global Symposia on Health Systems Research. The Third Global Symposium[2] will be in Cape Town on 30 September – 3 October 2014, with a focus on ‘people centred health systems’. Authors …

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Call for Papers – Invitation to Submit to a special series on the Economics of Breastfeeding

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International Breastfeeding Journal (IBJ) is accepting submissions for a special series entitled “Economic Aspects of Breastfeeding”, which aims to:

Provide economic data to inform policy makers about how breastfeeding leads to savings in health costs and other costs;
Produce a series on this topic to raise awareness among the academic and wider community;
Highlight a new and publicly relevant area of research

We are pleased to announce the following individual points, specific to this series:

a) we are extending the submission date to 30 April 2014

b) offering 5 Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers, and

c) announcing the inauguration of the Marcia de Groot Award for Breastfeeding Research – with the 2014 award to be for a contribution published in this IBJ

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Chinese social media reaction to disease outbreaks

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Studying the geographical distribution of diseases over the internet is a hot trending topic in digital epidemiology. Epidemiologists have begun to use online data (such as Twitter trends) to track the activity levels of infectious diseases, as social media is a good method of measuring public awareness to disease outbreaks.

A recently published article in Infectious Diseases of Poverty is the first to document the online Chinese community’s reaction to a SARS-like virus (MERS-CoV) in the Middle East and Europe in 2012, compared to their reaction to the bird flu (H7N9) outbreak in China in 2013. Data was collected via Weibo (a Chinese version of Twitter) by the University of Hong Kong’s Weiboscope project.

This article …

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BioMed Central rolls up its sleeves for citizen science

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Posted on behalf of Shreeya Nanda, Deputy Editor for Biology and Medicine, BioMed Central

At this year’s BMC Day, the once-yearly company bonding event, we got to be citizen scientists, participating in projects ranging from classifying cancer cells on a computer screen to venturing out into the unknown (not really, it was just a park in Vauxhall) to categorise trees. For some, conducting scientific research was a novel experience, for others it probably brought back memories (hopefully not painful ones) of previous lives in laboratories. But I think I can safely say that for all of us, it was an interesting and rewarding experience.

Citizen science, as the name suggests, is scientific research conducted by amateurs and non-professionals, and as a concept …

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Guest blog – Galaxy Zoo: exploring the universe from the comfort of your sofa


Last month, staff at BioMed Central took a day off from publishing science, to get involved in doing some! One of several citizen science projects engaged in was Galaxy Zoo. Grant Miller and Robert Simpson from Galaxy Zoo tell us more about the project.  

As part of his PhD in astrophysics, Kevin Schawinski was asked to look through a catalogue of almost a million galaxies to sort the spiral-shaped objects from the elliptical ones. This simple two-way split in appearances is fundamental to a galaxy’s evolution, history and astrophysical properties. It’s trivial to tell them apart but no automatic method could reliably perform the same task.

Kevin spent a week working on the problem and managed to go through 50,000 …

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BioMed Central is gearing up for Open Access Week


The 6th year of Open Access Week is fast approaching and we would like to tell you about some exciting events BioMed Central has planned to mark the week. Open Access Week is a global event  to increase awareness of the benefits of open access publishing, and give people the opportunity to discuss and share their views on the topic.


BioMed Central publishes all research articles open access, employing the Creative Commons attribution licence, which makes research freely available for all to read, re-use and build upon. As of September 2013, all BioMed Central journals are also published under an Open Data policy (Creative Commons CC0 waiver), which allows free re-use and distribution of all published data without legal restrictions. We believe that removing …

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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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Cochrane Methodology Anniversary Series


Posted on behalf of Professor Mike Clarke, Director, All Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research, Queen’s University Belfast and Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Methodology Review Group

It’s not quite a case of ‘it was 20 years ago today’, but 2013 sees the 20th anniversary of the establishment of The Cochrane Collaboration, the world’s largest organisation producing systematic reviews in health and social care. As part of the year’s celebrations, reflections and future gazing, a special collection of articles has been prepared for Systematic Reviews. This highlights the work of the Cochrane Methods Groups and others in developing the methodology for what was still a relatively new area of scientific research back in the early 1990s. At …

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G8 science ministers’ recommendations on access to research

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As preparations were underway in Northern Ireland for the 39th G8 summit, science ministers from the G8 nations met with their national science academies to discuss the most pressing issues in research facing scientists across the globe.

Their recommendations will be put to the G8 leaders during talks today and tomorrow. Among them are decisive actions required to make scientific research more open and more accessible.

In a statement released on June 13, the group note that: ‘Open enquiry is at the heart of scientific endeavour, and rapid technological change has profound implications for the way that science is both conducted and its results communicated’. They go on to state their support for a clear set of …

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Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice launches today


A medical journal that started life as a one-man project from his Auckland home, has influenced pharmaceutical policy in nations around the world.

Today Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP) transfers to publish with BioMed Central, and also marks a new chapter for the journal, which was started five years ago by The University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr. Zaheer-Ud-Din- Babar, supported by an expert International Advisory Board.

Formerly known as Southern Med Review, the journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. Published studies have been instrumental in changing medicine policies in …

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