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BioMed Central

The free exchange of scientific and medical information can play an important role in international development.

BioMed Central provides free, immediate online access to the full text of all research articles published within its portfolio of 272 peer-reviewed journals, and through its open access waiver fund, enables scientific authors in low-income countries to overcome the financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.

Open access provides a way for researchers from low-income countries to participate more fully in the international research community, and so BioMed Central has created a set of initiatives designed to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from these countries.


Research highlights

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    Jamie Oliver impacts cooking and eating behavior

    Jamie's Ministry of Food, Australia results in improvements in participants' food and cooking attitudes and knowledge, food purchasing behaviors and social interactions within the home environment, sustained six months after the program.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1161
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    Treatment of VAP patients in the ICU

    The need for better diagnostic methods to allow early and effective treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), one of the most frequent clinical problems in the ICU, are highlighted by Bárbara Borgatta and Jordi Rello, alongside the need to  individualization treatment.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:211
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    Treatment of Gram-positive infections in the critically ill

    Cristina Vazquez-Guillamet and Marin H Kollef review treatment options for Gram-positive infections in critically ill patients and highlight the need for timely and appropriate antibiotic therapy.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:92



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BioMed Central has a range of advocacy material to help you spread the word about open access at your institution. Visit our advocacy pages to download a range of material including posters, leaflets and presentations.

Open Access initiatives

Open Access Africa logo - an event from BioMed Central

Open Access Africa 2012, hosted by BioMed Central and held at the University of Cape Town, brought together researchers, librarians, university administrators, funders and other decision-makers to discuss the benefits of open access to research in an African context, from the perspective of both researchers seeking to globally communicate their work, as well as readers seeking to access information.

Presentation slides and video of the sessions from Open Access Africa are available here.

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