Monthly Archives: April 2013

Peer review of peer reviewing

Often referred to as the ‘the worst system imaginable except for all others’, peer review itself was under review on Monday 21 April, at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston. A panel, organised by BioMed Central and energetically chaired by Gregory Petsko, took on the issues faced by academics and editors in peer review. The… Read more »


Category award winners announced for BioMed Central’s 7th Annual Research Awards

Each year BioMed Central’s Annual Research Awards celebrate excellence in scientific research made freely available through open access publishing within our portfolio of biology and medical journals. Now in their 7th year, they are intended to recognize the achievements of particular research teams in ten diverse subject-specific award categories spanning all areas of Biology, Medicine… Read more »

Open Access Publishing to sponsor BioMed Central’s overall Research Award

BioMed Central welcomes , as the overall BioMed Central Research Award Sponsor for the 7th Annual Research Awards. This prestigious award celebrates the very best in open access research across all disciplines published in BioMed Central’s 250 journals for 2012. is the biggest independent distributor for proteomics  (eg. ELISA kits, antibodies, proteins)  research… Read more »

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COPEing with publication ethics issues – notes from the European Seminar

  The Biology and Medical Editors recently attended the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) European Seminar, held at Charles Darwin House, London. The theme of the seminar was “Publication ethics from student to professional”, and the talks ranged from the role of institutions in investigating research misconduct to plagiarism at the student level. Professor Pieter… Read more »


BioMed Central's Editorial Policies – what's new, what's not?

Today, BioMed Central’s Biology and Medical Editors announce the launch of BioMed Central’s new editorial policies, providing authors, editors and peer reviewers with a transparent, convenient, and comprehensive resource for information that applies to all journals published by BioMed Central. In creating this new resource, we have built on our existing commitment to maintaining editorial… Read more »


Call for papers for a special GCC2013 Galaxy series

Guest blog post by Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor for GigaScience, a BioMed Central journal which is collaborating with the 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) to publish a special thematic series on studies utilizing large-scale datasets and workflows. GigaScience is a journal which is co-published in collaboration between BioMed Central and BGI Shenzhen, and publishes ‘big-data’ studies from the… Read more »


Peer pressure: the changing role of peer review

A recent Research Hive Seminar organized by the Library of the University of Sussex featured presentations from Maria Kowalczuk, BioMed Central’s Deputy Biology Editor and Martin Eve, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln. The discussion focused on alternatives to traditional peer review and the future of peer review across different disciplines…. Read more »

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