BioMed Central is pleased to announce the launch of supporters membership, whereby institutions pay a flat rate annual fee and authors from the institution are then given a 15% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing in any of BioMed Central's 140 biology and medicine journals.
This new membership type is particularly suited to institutions that don't have the funds to cover the full APC for their researchers, but still wish to support open access publishing.
With additional benefits including a 15% discount on all of BioMed Central's subscription products, and a customized web page acting as a permanent showcase for research published in our journals, BioMed Central supporters membership offers institutions an affordable way to support both open access and their researchers publishing in BioMed Central's journals.
We are pleased to announce that we have released new and more user-friendly usage reports both online and via monthly email. If you are an institutional or consortium subscriber or member of BioMed Central you can view your online usage report via the BioMed Central website, visit: http://www.biomedcentral.com/my/subscriptions and log on or register. This new online reporting tool allows you to perform sophisticated searches to report on the statistics you need, download graphs, email reports to yourself and colleagues, produce COUNTER-format reports and easily download printable versions. In addition, if your institution or consortium is a BioMed Central member, you can now view more detailed membership statistics including statistics on "accountable articles" which refers to articles that are chargeable to your membership account and the articles' submitting author is from your organisation's institutions.
We have recently launched journal article alerts to allow users to stay up to date with the latest research from our journals. Journals article alerts (also known as etocs) allow you to sign up to receive email notification of newly published articles from a particular journal. This service is now available for all journals published by BioMed Central.
To sign up for a BioMed Central journal article alert, simply visit the relevant journal home page and then click the Sign up for Article Alerts! link on the right-hand navigation bar to go to the sign up page. You can choose how frequently you wish to be alerted to new articles, and in which format you prefer to receive your alert (HTML or plain text).
Journal article alerts complement BioMed Central's other article alerting tools, which include:
Subject-based article alerts Visit the 'Update e-mail preferences' section of 'My BioMed Central' to opt to receive a regular email with all the latest research, from journals published by BioMed Central, relevant to your subject areas of interest.
Stored search alerts If you have a more focused topic that you would like to stay up to date on (e.g. "stem cells"), you can design a suitable search using BioMed Central's advanced search page, save it as a 'Stored search', and then choose how often you wish to receive email alerts when new articles match your search query.
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This decision was made due to increasing popularity in the online version of the journal and the numerous benefits that online publishing can offer - continuous publication and no restrictions on space to name but a few! The journals will continue to produce the high quality content they have become known for, all of which is available in easily printable formats.
Protein Structure and Function by Petsko and Ringe is now updated online with four new sections on Enzyme Kinetics. Updates are available exclusively to online subscribers, and this year comprise:
Enzyme Kinetics: General Principles
Fundamental Kinetic Properties of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions
Analysis of Enzyme Reaction Rate Data
Enzyme Regulation: Kinetic Consequences
There are also expanded and updated references for the whole text.
Protein Structure and Function is an introduction for postgenomic biologists and undergraduates to the structural basis for the biological activities of proteins. This textbook from the Primers in Biology series, published online by New Science Press, is organised into highly illustrated two-page sections for ease of use for students and for reference. Online updates are released each year.
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