Monthly Archives: May 2012

Highlights of the BMC-series: May 2012

May has been an exciting month for the BMC-series, with three articles receiving prizes at the annual BioMed Central Research Awards, and a host of innovative research published across the whole of biology and medicine:   Cancer bioinformatics: where computational biology and clinical medicine meet In a cross-journal collaboration, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Cancer, Genome Medicine… Read more »


Why "We the People" should support open access

Guest blog post by Dr Bill (Craig) Hooker, Associate Editor of BMC Research Notes and open science enthusiast, and strong supporter of the access2research initiative Sign the Petition! I don’t suppose that readers of a BioMed Central website need a long introduction to open access, so I’ll get right to the point: there’s a “We… Read more »

Open Access

Assessing research impact at the article level

The impact of academic research has long been measured using citations, often with the Journal Impact Factor being used to assess individual publications within it. However, the Impact Factor is a journal level – not an article level – metric and, as academic publishing and the surrounding discussion moves increasingly onto the web, novel opportunities… Read more »


BioMed Central announces winners of 6th Annual Research Awards

Open access publisher BioMed Central revealed the winners of their 6th Annual Research Awards last night at Emirates Stadium, London, UK. Celebrating the very best research that has been made available by open access publishing, more than 100 guests attended the prestigious ceremony including leading researchers, shortlisted authors and science journalists from around the world…. Read more »


World Information Society Day

World Information Society Day aims to help raise awareness of the many possibilities that the internet, and other information and communication technologies (ICT), can offer to societies and economies as well as a way to help bridge the digital divide.   What was once known as the World Telecommunication Day, which celebrated and acknowledged the development in the advances… Read more »

Developing World Publishing

Out of cite: a new standard in data citation

  The availability of data, its rapid and comprehensive dissemination, is central to efficient scientific research. Transparency and reproducibility all suffer when the provision of scientific data is restricted, a problem which is particularly vexing as we enter the era of ‘big data’ studies. One factor hindering data dissemination is the fact that researchers are… Read more »