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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.

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Research highlights

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    Support needed during HCV therapy

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients undergoing outpatient protease-inhibitor-based triple therapy can find the treatment physically, emotionally and socially draining, and need systematic support from specially trained professionals in symptom management.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:507
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    Goals for sugar intake should be revised

    There is a log-linear relationship of caries to sugar intake from 0% of energy intake (E) to 10%E sugar at where a costly burden of caries is induced, suggesting public health goals should set sugar intakes ideally less than 3%.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:863
  • Image attributed to: Flickr: Boonyarit Cheunsuchon

    Social class associated with serum lipid levels

    Occupational social class and educational level are associated with serum lipid levels and the relationships are more evident in women than in men, suggesting the variations may be attributed to factors such as obesity and physical activity.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:782

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Advocacy

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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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