Monthly Archives: March 2008

Guest Blog – EquityEdit: Expanding Access to Biomedical Innovations

This guest blog entry is from Duncan Smith-Rohrberg Maru, an MD/PhD student at the Yale University School ofMedicine. Duncan describes the recently launched non-profit organization, EquityEdit, which aims to expand access to the research literature for authors whose first language is not English, whilst also contributing funding to health initiatives in developing countries. EquityEdit is… Read more »

Developing World Open Access Publishing

Open Repository @ Open Repositories 2008

After saying a tearful farewell to Mark on Friday, the Open Repository team has picked itself up, dusted itself down – and run off to hide in Southampton for a week. Peter and Dominic are heading down later today, however I’ve been sent down here early to scout the area. Before I go on, I’ll… Read more »


Daring to go digital: Interactive discussion reveals how to maximise your online reach

On the 26 March, BioMed Central’s Head of Public Relations Matt McKay joined a panel of experts to discuss emerging trends within the healthcare industry. At ‘Dare to Go Digital, an interactive webcast hosted by De Facto Communications, the increasing importance of digital marketing for healthcare and medical communications was debated. The panel gave their… Read more »

Publishing Technology

File-type analysis tool

Yesterday, another new feature was added to the Open Repository service. The file-type analyzer is linked to from the admin menu, and allows administrators to see a breakdown of the content types within their repository of the numbers of items and the file types they contain. The main page lists the various file types within… Read more »


Winners of the 2007 BioMed Central Research Awards

The winners of the 2007 BioMed Central Research Awards were announced yesterday. Shortlisted authors, who travelled from as far afield as Germany, Italy and the US, joined science journalists, eminent researchers, open access advocates, publishers and editors for a ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine last night. The BioMed Central Research Awards recognise and… Read more »


BMC Research Notes will free dark data

BMC Research Notes has launched with the aim of helping to complete the scientific record. Many submissions are rejected by journals on grounds of interest, which can mean that valuable data go unpublished, becoming ‘dark data‘. This can lead to publication bias, and wasted time, effort and resources of researchers and research subjects. Small studies… Read more »

Open Access Publishing

RSP Repositories Services Day

Another useful workshop from the RSP, this time focusing on some of the additional services available for Repository Managers:   Repository Services Day Wednesday 23rd April, 10.00am – 4.00pmUniversity of NottinghamIf you are a:•    Repository manager•    Information professional•    Researcher•    Lecturer•    or are involved in administering research grants and supporting researchers, then this day is for… Read more »


February update

With winter making one last ditch attempt to keep us all in our thermals, it’s time to take a look back at what we’ve achieved this February. The unseasonally high temperatures have obviously helped as we seem to have made good progress in this slightly shorter of months. We’ve moved to new, improved web servers,… Read more »