Monthly Archives: October 2016

Addressing the reporting of pilot and feasibility trials with a brand new CONSORT extension


The insights gained from pilot and feasibility studies for informing the design of definitive studies cannot be contested and recent drives to reduce waste in research has pushed the advantages of conducting and reporting these studies into wider focus. Here, Gillian Lancaster, Editor-in-Chief of Pilot and Feasibility Studies and co-author of the CONSORT 2010 extension to randomized pilot and feasibility trials discusses the importance of this CONSORT extension and what it’ll mean for the reporting of pilot and feasibility trials.

Medical Evidence Medicine

Impact in Action: Understanding open access content usage as it occurs


We all want our research to be read, cited and talked about as widely as possible, and promoting this work should be the mission of an open access publisher. But how do we monitor the impact of this promotion? As part of our Open Access Week celebrations we asked Dylan Parker, Associate Publisher at BioMed Central, to explore how metric services like Altmetric shed light on exactly where and how far your research is reaching. This blog can also be read at Altmetric.

Open Access Publishing

European open access strategies


Over the last few years, a number of European executive bodies and national governments have released strategies and proposals for promoting open access to research outputs, with early movers including the European Commission (2012), the UK (2012), the Netherlands (2013/14), Finland (2014), and Denmark (2014). Most recently, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research… Read more »

Open Access Publishing