Monthly Archives: December 2010

Open Repository Attends the DINI/Helmholtz Workshop

Open Repository had great pleasure to be invited to present at a Helmholtz open access workshop in cooperation with the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI), hosted by Humboldt University Berlin. About DINI The development of modern information and communication technology requires a change in the information infrastructure of universities and other research institutions. The… Read more »


Article cover pages revisited

In September this year, BioMed Central introduced support for article cover pages across its journal portfolio (see blog post). This feature has been enthusiastically embraced by authors, who have uploaded many striking images to be used to create cover pages for their published articles. Some of our favourite examples are shown below: Supplying an image to be… Read more »


In defence of supplemental data files: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Since the Journal of Neuroscience, published by the Society for Neuroscience, decided to no longer accept supplementary files with manuscripts, publishing online supplementary material has been the subject of continuing debate in scholarly circles. BioMed Central takes the opposite stance to the Journal of Neuroscience. Not only do we allow authors to submit supplementary files… Read more »


Open Repository at SPARC 2010 in Baltimore

Open Repository recently sponsored the biennial SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 in Baltimore. A scenic harbor side location provided a pleasant backdrop for an interesting international gathering of repository professionals. In addition to an interesting keynote by Michael Nielsen, quantum computation pioneer, there were sessions on open data, global repositories networks, the financial stability of… Read more »


Open Access Africa: A Brief Report

Guest blog post by Pablo de Castro, Carlos III University Madrid, Spain A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the first Open Access Africa conference (OAA2010), organised by BioMed Central and ComputerAid International at Kenyatta University, Nairobi. Here, the struggle for initial implementation of access to academic research resources was to… Read more »

Developing World Publishing

New case study on e-space

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was awarded university status in 1992 and is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK with one of the most extensive education centers in Europe. With a history dating back 150 years they have world-leading research in sciences, arts, education and social sciences. MMU partnered with Open Repository… Read more »