Monthly Archives: June 2009

Data publication and openness in the scientific community

Data publication: towards a database of everything, a Commentary article published in BMC Research Notes, discusses the changing nature of data publication, the challenges that face the Open Science movement, and why the publication of primary scientific data is important to us all. BioMed Central has pioneered the open access publishing model and there has… Read more »


OAI6 Geneva

Open Repository recently sponsored and attended OAI6 conference, CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication, organised and hosted by the University of Geneva and CERN, last week June 17th to the 19th. The city of Geneva and the Alps were certainly a magnificent backdrop for the lofty ideas that were being generated by the 236… Read more »


BioMed Central and Twitter

Recently we have noticed more and more researchers using Twitter as an informal channel to share thoughts on the latest open access research published in our journals. We’re always keen to facilitate such discussions, and with that in mind we have recently added ‘Post to Twitter’ as a convenient option in the right hand toolbar… Read more »


New and improved impact factors for BioMed Central journals in the 2008 JCR

The latest edition of Thomson Reuter’s Journal Citation Reports has just been released, with official Impact Factors for a total of 59 BioMed Central journals†. Impact factors are by no means a perfect quality metric, but these journal citation data provide strong evidence of the growing success of BioMed Central’s open access journal portfolio. Highlights… Read more »


"Canadian Excellence" strengthened by extensive adoption of open access

Wilfrid Laurier University adopts Open Repository and BioMed Central Membership Open access movement gains ground in North America BioMed Central and Wilfrid Laurier University today announce the launch of Laurier IR, an institutional repository that provides a visible point of open access archiving of intellectual output for all members of the University community. Read more… Read more »


BMC Research Notes publishes 250th article

In October last year BMC Research Notes reached its 100th article milestone, only eight months after its launch. I am now delighted to announce that after a further eight months we have reached the 250th article landmark. BMC Research Notes remains firmly within the top 10 BMC-series journals, in terms of both submissions and publications,… Read more »


Wikipedia and open access journals – now more compatible than ever

A couple of years ago, I posted  a blog noting the complementarity between Wikipedia (which excludes original research from its scope, but strongly encourages citation of original sources), and open access journals which publish original research which Wikipedia authors can easily cite, and which Wikipedia readers can reliably follow links to gain access to. So… Read more »

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New centre announced for research and development in open access communications

SHERPA have announced the formation of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC). Based at the University of Nottingham, CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University. It will also explore innovative research and development activities across the whole field of research communications. The formation of CRC… Read more »

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