Monthly Archives: June 2007

HHMI becomes first major US funder to require open access

In a significant development for the open access movement, the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes (HHMI) this week became the first large research funder in the USA to require its investigators to make their published results openly accessible. The policy on Public Access to Publications, announced this week, requires HHMI Investigators to ensure that all biomedical articles… Read more »

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5 more of BioMed Central's independent journals tracked by Thomson Scientific

We are pleased to announce that five more titles from BioMed Central’s portfolio of independent journals have just been accepted for tracking by Thomson Scientific, and will receive official impact factors in 2010. The journals are: Environmental Health, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Journal of Neuroinflammation, Lipids in Health and Disease and… Read more »


Survey Update

Over the past couple of months we’ve released a couple of customer surveys. Thanks to all of you who have completed them so far. The aim, as I’ve said previously, is to canvas opinion on project support, user features and administration features.  Once gathered we’ll use the information gathered to help direct the next stages… Read more »


Summary of BioMed Central’s Workshop at MLA ’07 conference

The feasibility of collaboration between institutions and funding bodies in respect to financing open access publications (May 21st, 2007 Philadelphia, USA)  The workshop began with an introduction from Natasha Robshaw, BioMed Central, who gave an overview on: BioMed Central article-processing charges cost comparison of open access publishing options payment mechanisms for open access publications central… Read more »


Repositories Research Team Newsletter Out Now

For those of you who aren’t signed up to the JISC Repositories discussion list the first newsletter from the UKOLN and JISC CETIS collaborative Repositories Research Team is now available here. The aim of the newsletter ‘is to provide specialised information to all those interested in Digital Repositories Research’.  This issue links to various acronymonious*… Read more »


Nottingham University set up a central open access publishing fund

Summary of ARMA Pre-Conference WorkshopOpen Access Publisher: Funding Mechanisms and Institutional Collaboration (Cardiff, June 6, 2007)    The workshop began with an introduction from Natasha Robshaw, BioMed Central, who gave an overview on:      the routes to open access   BioMed Central article-processing charges   cost comparison of open access publishing options funders and their open access policies       3… Read more »


Promising signs for open access in Canada

Canadian researchers have been strong supporters of BioMed Central’s open access journals since day one – in fact  BioMed Central has already published more than  1800 open access research articles from Canadian researchers. The good news for open access authors based in Canada is that their research funders are increasingly embracing open access, too. Latest… Read more »

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The Google Summer of Code

 One of the major projects happening within the DSpace community at the moment is the Google Summer of Code; essentially Google sponsor a number of student developers to work on various open source projects over the summer. DSpace have five projects in the running.   Two things we’ve been asked about many times have been the… Read more »