BioMed Central and Open Repository: A Comprehensive Approach to OA
BioMed Central and Open Repository will be exhibiting at ALA 2011 in New Orleans this year, at booths # 853 and 855, located adjacent to one another. Visit us anytime between 25 – 27 June to find out more on all of our products, including Open Repository
and our Membership Program. At this year's conference BioMed Central is hosting an open access review and Open Repository demonstration, titled ‘BioMed Central and Open Repository: A Comprehensive Approach to OA', which is taking place on Sunday 26th June, between 09:00 - 11:00, in the Sheraton New Orleans hotel. Space is limited so if you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest.
SpringerOpen accepting submissions
Launched in June 2010, SpringerOpen is Springer's new range of fully open access journals
covering all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields.
Over the last couple of months, the SpringerOpen portfolio has grown considerably from just 6 available journals in October 2010 to more than 40 journals that are now open to submission of articles. 11 of these journals have recently been acquired from Hindawi Publishing Corporation, including 4 mathematics titles and 7 titles published in cooperation with the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).
Despite the fact that most SpringerOpen journals are relatively new, some have already been accepted by Thomson Reuters (ISI) for citation tracking. These journals either already have notable Impact Factors (such as Nanoscale Research Letters with an Impact Factor of 2.89 or Gold Bulletin with an Impact Factor of 2.32) or are expected to receive Impact Factors within the next two years.
We would like to remind BioMed Central Members that SpringerOpen journals are covered by the Membership Program so please let your researchers know about the opportunity they now have in choosing from an even broader portfolio.
From January 2011 non-research articles, including the following, are now accessible via subscription only:
Comprehensive review articles
Wide-ranging meeting reports
Ensure that your researchers have continued access to the very latest in dementia and stem cell research by subscribing to these two prestigious Research & Therapy journals. Due to a successful launch during which a wide range of outstanding articles were published in these journals, we are delighted to inform you that until 1st July 2011 you can save 10% off an institutional subscription.
Gregory Petsko in Genome Biology: The first 10 years - A Kindle/iPad eBook from BioMed Central
We are delighted to let you know about Genome Biology's first eBook - a collection of Gregory Petsko's regular columns from the last 10 years.
Gregory works at Brandies University as Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry & Chemistry, and has been writing his thought-provoking and entertaining monthly column for the journal every month since its launch in 2000.
Genome Biology celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and to mark the occasion Gregory's columns have been collated into an eBook. This is now available to download for FREE on your iPad or iPhone via the iBookstore, or for $1.15 on your Kindle via Amazon.
Please do forward this exciting news on to your researchers and encourage them to sign up for RSS feeds to keep up with Gregory's latest offerings.
The Canadian university, Concordia University, recently announced its open access mandate, encouraging its entire academic staff and faculty to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible online, and shortly followed this by
Over 30 new Members have joined our Membership Program since the start of 2011 including:
Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, USA
Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
George Mason University, USA
Iowa State University, USA
Cyprus Academic Library Consortium, Cyprus
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
By joining BioMed Central's Membership Program, our Members have shown their commitment to open access in scholarly publishing and have helped to ensure the most widespread dissemination of the research published by their researchers.
Ursula Managnasy has joined the team as Sales Executive for France, Spain, Italy, Finland, Eastern Europe and Russia. Ursula joins us having completed a number of internships in both the UK, working at Next Step Digital and Mills Computer Products, and in Spain working for SPISA. Ursula recently graduated from the University of Poitiers with a Masters Degree in Foreign Languages Applied to International Business.
A new commissioned report has recommended that academic policymakers promote the adoption of gold-route open access publishing to help increase access to scholarly journals.
Commissioned by Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK, the Wellcome Trust, the Publishing Research Consortium and the Joint Information Systems Committee, the report ‘Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications' is the result of a wide-ranging consultation on the future of the scholarly publishing landscape with UK-based stakeholders including research funders, librarians and publishers. Read the report in full here.
The final report of Denmark's Open Access Committee made 16 recommendations for the implementation of open access in Denmark, including the suggestion that “as far as possible there should be open access to the results of publicly funded research”, and that the ministry of science, technology and innovation and research councils and foundations should establish open access policies. The Committee also suggested that universities and other research institutions implement and promote open access policies. Read the report in full here.
Open Repository has had a number of exciting developments recently. Scopus citation counts for published articles can now be displayed directly in Open Repository from Scopus, expanding our range of excellent features. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the University of Arizona's EPrints repository was smoothly and successfully transferred to Open Repository, retaining all of their metadata and full text files.
Open Repository is now a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider, reflecting our continuing commitment to DSpace open source digital repository software and our position as an active participant in the DuraSpace community.
If you would like to receive more regular updates about Open Repository then why not sign up to receive the Open Repository newsletter? The latest issue is available now.
Simon Neilson also presented at the Gulf SLA-AGC conference in March in Oman. Open access is in its infancy in the Middle East, so attendees showed great interest in the presentation titled, ‘An institutional response to the evolvement of open access'. For more details read our blog.
BioMed Central will be exhibiting at the following upcoming conferences in the summer months of 2011. Email us to make an appointment, or simply drop by our booth. We look forward to meeting you at:
For more information, visit the journal websites or keep up-to-date and be sure to catalog our journals.
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