Monthly Archives: October 2008

Presentations from OA session at SRA International 2008 Annual Meeting now available online

The presentations from the session: Introduction to Open Access Publishing for Research Administrators and Managers at the SRA International 2008 Annual Meeting (Maryland, USA, 12th October 2008), are now available online:   View/download SlideShare presentation             View/download SlideShare presentation       View/download SlideShare presentation         View/download… Read more »

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BioMed Central acquired by Springer Science+Business Media

Earlier this month, BioMed Central was acquired by Springer Science+Business Media, the world’s second largest publisher of Scientific, Technical and Medical journals. Springer is absolutely committed to maintaining BioMed Central’s policy of full open access to all research, and this acquisition is great news for open access, demonstrating that it is both a financially viable… Read more »


Open Access Day and the launch of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

October 14th saw the first international Open Access Day, which succeeded beyond all expectation, with involvement from 100+ campuses on 5 continents. BioMed Central participated in Open Access Day by co-hosting (together with PLoS, SPARC and Wellcome) a launch event at the Wellcome Trust’s London HQ for the new Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. It… Read more »

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New member joining the team

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Open Repository Service Manager. My name is Joanna Drakes and I am Mark Merifield’s replacement. I started on Monday 11th August 2008 and I am currently familiarising myself with the product, needs of our customers and the repository market – I look forward to assisting you… Read more »


BioMed Central’s increasing recognition

BioMed Central and our journals have rarely been out of the media spotlight throughout 2008. A quick analysis of Google News shows 672 stories about BioMed Central in 2008 (projected to be well over 1008 by the end of the year). Whilst Google News does not list all of the coverage which BioMed Central has… Read more »


The BMC series reinforces its links with the scientific community with the introduction of academic Associate Editors

The BMC series is a collection of 64 open access journals that cover many specialized areas of biology and medicine.  Two of the BMC-series journals, BMC Systems Biology and BMC Medical Genomics, have operated with the assistance of academic Associate Editors since their launch in 2007 and 2008 respectively.  The Associate Editors help us by… Read more »


Celebrating Open Access Day

The first international Open Access Day will be held on Tuesday, 14 October 2008. Founded by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science, the aim is to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access.  Recent mandates and emerging policies will be highlighted within the international… Read more »

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