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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 265 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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    Sweet foods intake associated with breast density

    Higher consumption of sweet foods among postmenopausal women and higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among premenopausal women are associated with mammographic density, a strong breast cancer risk factor.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:554
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    Dutch decline of childhood tuberculosis

    Incidence of childhood tuberculosis has declined in the Netherlands over the last two decades but this decline has been greater in Dutch-born children and over a third of cases has at least one ‘missed opportunity’ for prevention.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:295
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    Anorectal chlamydia in women going undetected

    Many cases of anorectal chlamydia are missed in women visiting sexually transmitted infection clinics indicating that testing purely on the basis of indication of symptoms or sexual history, as is currently practiced, is not an appropriate control strategy.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:274



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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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