Posts tagged: Technology

Lights, Camera, ACTION! – EvoDevo introduces video to its PDFs

Fig 6 g' showing a DIC image of a cleavage arrested embryo

Guest blog post from Mark Martindale and Max Telford, Editors-in-Chief, EvoDevo

Change over time is a central theme in biology, and of particular importance in the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology. Working at the interface of these fields, evodevo research frequently uses video recording as an important measure of specific biological events.

Recognising the growing importance of video in this field, EvoDevo is now able to publish embedded video files in article PDFs. Readers can download and store the PDFs, enabling them to watch videos offline and in the optimal context alongside the rest of the manuscript. With the click of a button you can watch videos in PDFs wherever and whenever you like.

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BioMed Central celebrates CEVAP’s 20th anniversary today

20 anos CEVAP

20 years ago today, The Center for the Study of Venoms and Venomous Animals (CEVAP) became an official São Paulo State University (UNESP) research unit.

Based in Botucatu, a city in Southeastern Brazil, CEVAP was founded as a center for world class expertise on venomous animals, their toxins and derivatives.

Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases (JVATiTD) is the official journal of CEVAP, and has published 13 open access articles since transferring to BioMed Central in February 2013. Editor-in-Chief Professor Benedito Barraviera is the executive co-ordinator of CEVAP.

According to Prof Barraviera, the center’s 20th anniversary as an official UNESP research unit is “an opportunity to promote education and environmental preservation, spread knowledge about …

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The Journal Selector: Find the right journal for your research


Through BioMed Central’s partnership with Edanz, we are aiming to support authors to select the journal that best suits their research from the 350+ open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and SpringerOpen.

The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help authors quickly choose the open access journal that is right for their manuscript.

Authors can enter an abstract or description of their research and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals. Matches to a journal are based on the similarity of the entered text to articles already published in that journal. We hope our authors find this a useful tool, so please do visit the website to try it out …

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Thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering


Microbial Cell Factories invites submissions to a special thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering,  edited by Sang Yup Lee.

Systems biotechnology can be defined based on the definition of biotechnology from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as “The application of science and technology at systems level to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, for the production of knowledge, goods and services”.

The series will  focus upon systems approaches to microbial biotechnology, spanning up-stream strain (cell and organism development by metabolic engineering) to mid-stream (fermentation and other unit operations) and down-stream processes. In the cases of mid- to down-stream bioprocesses, the systems engineering approach has been successfully applied …

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Accessing BioMed Central from mobile devices – search


To improve the user experience for users accessing the websites from mobile devices, we’re pleased to announce the second phase of our project to support access from mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

New functionality released includes:

Mobile search and search results
Mobile ‘Contact us’ pages
Mobile navigation menu, accessible from the top of the screen

An update to the Mobile FAQ has also been published – read more about the new mobile-friendly features here.


BioMed Central support for data publishing: enhanced handling of additional files


At BioMed Central, we encourage authors to submit additional files such as movies and datasets, and we continue to look for ways to use web technology to make these files more useful and accessible.

We have recently updated our Instructions for Authors, adding an additional file quick reference guide, which provides advice, recommendations and examples for the preparation of various types of additional file. The guide also describes what we currently do to present each type of additional file in a readily accessible way. Examples range from interactive images to enhanced 3D PDFs, chemical structures and cut-and-paste-enabled mathematical formulae. We hope the guide will encourage authors to take full advantage of the data-sharing opportunities offered by the BioMed Central …

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BioMed Central now publishes in ePUB format


The eReader and eBook market has seen rapid growth in recent years with high profile launches of devices such as the Nook, Kobo and Apple iPad, and eBook stores such as iBooks. It’s clear that readers increasingly want to be able to view content on different devices to facilitate easier and more mobile access to content.

BioMed Central is therefore pleased to announce that we now publish manuscripts in ePUB format.  This device-neutral format allows readers to view articles on any eReader. ePUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an eReader can optimize text for a particular display device. ePUB also supports fixed-layout content.

Our first ePUB files are now available in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. You …

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Embrace “information overload” with Cases Database


BioMed Central has launched a new semantically-enriched search tool, Cases Database, which aims to enhance the discovery, filtering and aggregation of medical case reports from many journals. Open access to journal articles published under Creative Commons licenses which permit text mining enable the literature to be reused as a resource for scientific discovery. We are seeking collaborations with other publishers to facilitate text mining and help make case reports a more valuable part of the literature. More than 11,000 cases are available to be freely searched with Cases Database.

Open access publishing continues to grow, and at a rate faster than the overall rate of growth of science publishing. Aside from the increasing support from funders and institutions …

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Deep space, data analysis and dealing with uncertainty

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In July Source Code for Biology and Medicine, a forward-looking bioinformatics journal with an emphasis on the practical utilization of source code within biomedicine, attended the Ninth International Meeting on Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (CIBB) in Houston, Texas. This meeting took place at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI), which is one of the many hospitals in the renowned Texas Medical Center.

Texas Medical Center is internationally recognized for such prestigious institutions as Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Methodist Hospital System. These institutions provide some of the world’s most advanced treatment available and also carry out ground-breaking research. The conference covered …

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Biotechnology for Biofuels welcomes new joint Editor-in-Chief


Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal retired from her role as joint Editor-in-Chief for Biotechnology for Biofuels at the end of June. Huge thanks are due to Bärbel for being a champion of the journal, throughout the first five years since launch,  and we are glad to see her work rewarded by the journal’s remarkable growth and success. We are pleased welcome James du Preez (University of the Free State, South Africa) as Bärbel’s successor. James joins Mike Himmel, Debra Mohnen and Charles Wyman as joint Editor-in-Chief.

James’s research interests are in the field of fermentation biotechnology with a special interest in continuous (chemostat) cultures, yeast physiology and the application of microbial cells for the production of metabolites in submerged culture. James …

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