Support for open access continues to grow across Europe. Researchers in Germany are overwhelmingly in favour of greater promotion of open access by their funding body, according to 'Publishing Strategies in Transformation?', a study commissioned by The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Research Foundation. Over 1,000 DFG-funded scientists from all disciplines took part in the survey. Young researchers in the natural, life and engineering sciences were more strongly in favour of promoting open access publications than their older colleagues. For more information, read DFG's press release.
Four Swiss scientific organisations have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, demonstrating their support for open access. "We want to open up our archives to a wider public because as taxpayers, they fund our work," said Andreas Dick of the National Science Foundation, one of the signatories. In their press release, the National Science Foundation recommends publication of research articles in open access journals such as BioMed Central's portfolio of journals.
In India, the special session on open access held at the 93rd Indian Science Congress made a number of recommendations for the Indian Government's policy on open access. The congress recommended that the Government require that articles resulting from publicly funded research are placed in institutional open access repositories, and recommend that researchers publish in open access journals and retain ownership of the copyright of their articles where possible.
DEF: Denmark's Electronic Research Library Renew Under Prepay Membership Model BioMed Central is pleased to announce that national consortium for Denmark has renewed their BioMed Central Membership under the new Prepay Membership model. Under the renewed membership, article processing charges are covered for researchers from all universities, hospitals and other research institutions in Denmark.
Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries Nine Swiss Universities have renewed subscriptions to BioMed Central's products through the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries for another year.
To celebrate the launch of Faculty of 1000 Medicine, the literature awareness service for clinicians and medical researchers, we are offering a saving of 20% on this new product when it is purchased together with Faculty of 1000 Biology, or for institutions currently subscribing to Faculty of 1000 Biology, before June 1st.
Faculty of 1000 Biology and Medicine offer the ultimate in quality detection, highlighting and evaluating the most important papers across all clinical and life sciences based on recommendations from the world's top researchers and clinicians. Sister-service to the award-winning Faculty of 1000 Biology, Faculty of 1000 Medicine launched in January 2006, and comprises 18 Faculties covering the whole of medicine, from Anesthesiology to Women's Health.
BioMed Central will be attending the following conferences over the coming months. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or just drop by our booth if you are planning to attend any of these events. We look forward to meeting you!
P&HT Annual Spring Meeting 2006, Memphis, TN, USA Visit us this month at the 2006 annual spring meeting of the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division of SLA, taking place in Memphis, TN. BioMed Central will be exhibiting from 26th - 28th March.
DSUG 2006, Bergen, Norway BioMed Central will be exhibiting and presenting at the forthcoming Dspace User Group meeting and institutional repository workshop in Bergen, taking place next month from 19th - 21st April.
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If you are one of our many subscribers to Faculty of 1000 Biology or Medicine, you'll be able to use PubMed's linkout system to search PubMed while displaying links to Faculty of 1000 for any article that has been evaluated.
At the beginning of the year, BioMed Central bid a fond farewell to its Open Repository Sales Manager, Marie Martens. After years of working in scientific publishing Marie has decided to move onto pastures new - we hope you will join us in wishing her all the best for the future. Please relay all future Open Repository correspondence to your existing BioMed Central sales contact, who will be happy to assist you.
Deciding how to build and host an institutional repository and who to partner with can be a major challenge for institutions, which is why Open Repository offers a FREE 3-month pilot repository so users can test out the suitability for themselves. Increasing numbers of institutions are taking advantage of this opportunity, including City University of New York, the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland and Novartis. For more information or to arrange your pilot repository, please contact your sales representative.
Help your researchers to make the most of open access by cataloguing all of our journals. In the last 3 months, we have launched 7 new journals as part of our innovative 'Independent Journals Program':
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