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 258 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.
A study of 17,826 HIV positive people in Nigeria found an increased risk of Kaposi Sarcoma, but not Cervical Cancer or Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, when compared to the general population.
A men-only weight management program delivered to groups at top professional football clubs attracts men at high risk of ill-health who may otherwise be reluctant to attend existing weight management programs.
Ticks from a mummified Egyptian dog show resemblance to the Rhipicephalus sanguineus group and give insights into how these ticks may have been spread through the Mediterranean region.
- 18 February 2014
- Verbal autopsy: To be counted is to become visible
- 11 February 2014
- More countries need to count their dead
- 04 February 2014
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- 15 November 2013
- Helping the 15 million babies born too soon every year
- 04 November 2013
- RTS,S; the world’s first malaria vaccine?
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.
- 14 March 2014
- Riverboats help get remote parts of Amazon online
- 14 March 2014
- Focus on Disability: Disaster aid should reach everyone
- 13 March 2014
- Solar revolution for off-grid Thailand
- 12 March 2014
- Wikipedia expands free access in developing countries
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.