BioMed Central is delighted to announce that our new look website has now been launched. We encourage you to take this opportunity to review and update your details and explore the site. Your feedback will play a vital role in helping us to further improve the site's usability and usefulness.
The design aims to provide a clean and uncluttered new look. Why not take a look at the library section and let us know what you think, or if there is anything that you would like to see added.
BioMed Central Catalog 2012 – Request your copy
The 2012 BioMed Central Catalog is now available, featuring information on our wide portfolio of products and services for researchers and students in the fields of biology, medicine and chemistry. The Catalog also includes information on how your institution can support open access publishing. If you would like to receive a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biology Image Library is an online collection of images, movies, illustrations and animations useful to research, education and other commercial applications, intended to allow users to find and download important visual material that might otherwise be difficult to locate.
BioMed Central Member institute, Princeton University recently implemented their new open access policy, to encourage the further dissemination of their researchers’ work. The policy gives the University and faculty members the right to republish scholarly articles, making it possible for individuals without journal subscriptions to access them.
All original research articles published in BioMed Central journals are open access, and as such freely available. For further information on how your institution can support open access publishing through our cost-effective Membership Program, please visit our dedicated Membership page, which features a list of our current Members, and information on how we can help your institution’s needs.
Institutions show their support for the Berlin Declaration on Open Access
The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities promotes the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge.
Open Access Week 2011
BioMed Central successfully held the second annual Open Access Africa conference in October, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, during Open Access Week 2011. The conference brought together representatives from Google, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Department for International Development (DFID), Pan African Medical Journal and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to discuss open access publishing in an African context.
All conference presentations and images are now available to view on our website.
During Open Access Week 2011 Sales Executive Simon Neilson and Regional Development Manager Natalia Timiraos visited Stockholm University. They gave a successful presentation looking into the growth of open access, and how institutions can tangibly support authors and mandates. The presentation focused on how, by increasing open access output, an institution can raise the visibility and impact of research, ultimately increasing both the visibility and prestige of an institution.
BioMed Central’s North America Sales Manager Bob Schatz visited Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fairfax, Virginia and New York City during Open Access Week. Bob gave presentations about the state of open access publishing to audiences at the University of Manitoba, George Mason University and Hunter College. His presentation reviewed the broad history of elements that primed initial interest in open access publishing, using that as a context for looking at where commercial open access publishing stands in the present day. With audiences as large as fifty people, Bob’s presentations were well-received and generated active dialogue with audience members.
For further information on how your institution can support the open access output of your researchers, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The University of Arizona Libraries sought a hosted solution for the University of Arizona Campus Repository because they wanted to get started working with their customer base immediately. Open Repository migrated their School of Information Resources & Library Science’s DLIST collection from E-Prints into the hosted DSpace UA Campus Repository with minimal inconvenience, allowing the library to focus on working with faculty and students to maintain and improve the content of the repository. Read the blog for more details.
Virginia Henderson Library
VHL launched their repository at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Biennial Convention in Texas last month. Advances in internet technologies and wider policies requiring mandatory open access articles influenced Sigma Theta Tau International’s decision to create a repository. It will provide online access to the latest information and conference proceedings affecting nursing professionals worldwide. Find out more here.
By partnering with Open Repository, the hosted solution from BioMed Central, these institutions now have a uniquely customized, reliable and cost-effective DSpace repository solution, with advanced features and support from the BioMed Central team.
The Open Repository service now includes the OpenAthens SP platform, which enables users to securely manage access to all the solutions held within their organization via a Single Sign-On. This joins the Shibboleth and SAML standards within the Open Repository community. More details available here.
BioMed Central will be exhibiting at the following upcoming shows at the beginning of 2012. Email us to make an appointment, or simply stop by the booth to say hello. We look forward to meeting you at the following shows:
ALA Midwinter#1860 Dallas, USA 20 – 23 January Sales Representative: Bob Schatz
VALA 2012#40 6 – 9 February Melbourne, Australia Sales Representative: Natalia Timiraos
Please do let us know of any conferences that you plan to attend in 2012.
BioMed Central will be hosting a free workshop, entitled 'Institutional repositories and the Open Repository solution' at ALA Midwinter, which aims to give librarians a comprehensive overview of institutional repositories. Details are as follows:
Venue: Dallas Convention Center, Room A306 Date: Saturday 21 January Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Keep up-to-date with the latest open access developments and news from BioMed Central – join our vibrant communities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also follow the adventures of Gulliver Turtle; and as you now have your own Gulliver why not assist him on his open access travels and send us your pictures.