This week BioMed Central exhibited at the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, USA where 10,000 delegates descended upon the Convention Centre which was conveniently located next door to Disneyland.
This meeting provided the ideal opportunity to celebrate the relaunch of our new improved BMC Biology incorporating Journal of Biology. To mark the occasion, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Miranda Robertson, hosted a party on Monday night. We were thrilled that Greg Petsko, President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Angelo Azzi, President of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology came along. We were also fortunate to be joined by the distinguished Editors-in-Chief of three of our journals, Hin Wing Yeung (Chinese Medicine), Kuan-Teh Jeang (Retrovirology) and Andrew Lumsden (Neural Development) and a host of other people too numerous to mention.
Naturally, like any party there was cake and champagne. Plus, there were presents. We gave away our new BMC Biology t-shirts which proved to be a hit – so much so that there was a stampede and a lot of disappointed delegates.
Most importantly, we got to meet a lot of open access fans and plenty more were interested to hear about open access. It was encouraging to hear so many delegates say ‘it’s the way science will go’.