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 281 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.
Parental smoking exacerbates poverty for a large proportion of children in the UK, suggesting tobacco control interventions which effectively enable low income smokers to quit can play an important role in reducing the financial burden of child poverty.
Evidence from the literature suggests that some risks associated with cigar smoking can be as high or higher than those associated with cigarette smoking, especially at the highest doses and levels of inhalation for cigar smoking.
E-cigarettes are being accessed by teenagers more for experimentation than smoking cessation and mostly by those who engage in other substance-related risk behaviours including regular smoking, binge drinking and alcohol-related violence.
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.
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Open Access initiatives
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.