Monthly Archives: December 2007

Society journals take a fresh look at open access publishing

A notable trend at BioMed Central during 2007 has been the increasing number of inquiries from scientific societies interested in starting new open access journals or transferring their existing journals to BioMed Central, in many cases converting to open access from a previous subscriber-only model. Society journals that have recently signed transfer agreements with  BioMed… Read more »

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Canadian TV provides excellent coverage of open access research on superbug afflicting soliders in Afghanistan

It’s always nice to see research from BioMed Central journals covered in the mainstream media, and  Soldiers bringing superbug back from Kandahar from Canadian broadcaster CTV is an excellent example, featuring research recently published by Dr Homer Tsien and colleages in BMC Infectious Diseases. It is currently the top story on the CTV website, and… Read more »

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Open access and the developing world – read the latest

The South African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) recently held its Open Access Leadership Summit in Botswana, 20-21 November. The Minister of Education in Botswana, the Honorable J. D. Nkate, opened the event, noting: “We recognise that the internet and associated digital technologies are creating new opportunities for developing alternative models of publishing and disseminating scholarly… Read more »

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Open access over the airwaves

Help is at hand for those whose thirst for all things open access is not fully satisfied by BioMed Central’s website and YouTube channel. Last month I was interviewed by Sundar Raman, host of the "Open Views" slot on KRUU, which describes itself as an "Open Radio" station, in Fairfield, Iowa.  The podcast of the… Read more »


Getting the most out of your repository workshop

NISO, the National Information Standards Organisation have just posted the presentations from their recent one-day repository workshop; Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository: Gathering Content and Building Use. Although I haven’t, as yet, had time to look through it all, it looked to have been an interesting day, discussing many of the issues… Read more »


Forest fires and their impact on CO2 – global press coverage for open access research

A recent article published in Carbon Balance and Management entitled ‘Estimates of CO2 from fires in the United States: implications for carbon management’ has received widespread, global coverage in the media. The article by Christine Wiedinmyer and Jason Neff focuses on CO2 emissions from fires across the US, how these emissions compare to anthropogenic emissions… Read more »

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