As the pioneer of open access publishing, BioMed Central has a number of products in place to support institutions to take the necessary steps in making research freely available. Our Membership Program allow institutes to cover some, or all, of the cost of the article-processing charge for an author when publishing in a BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or SpringerOpen journal. In addition, Open Repository is a hosted solution from BioMed Central that builds and maintains repositories for institutions.
As a strong supporter of innovation in UK education and research, JISC Collections has entered into a partnership with BioMed Central to help UK institutes of higher education actively support open access. All UK JISC Collections Members are now entitled to a20% discount on the BioMed Central Supporter Membership Program. For further information on how you can take advantage of this offer, please visit the JISC Collections website, or contact us and we will be happy to help.
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Journal Collection – free trial offer
BioMed Central's Journal Collection has been created to provide optimum usage at a discounted price. Subscribing institutes will have access to content including reviews, commentaries, editorials and reports, in addition to open access content. Titles include a number of our highest ranking Impact Factor journals, such as Breast Cancer Research (5.79) the leading breast-cancer specific journal in the field, and Genome Biology (6.89).
All institutions taking out a non-obligatory complimentary trial to any one of our Journal Collection titles before 31st March will be able to extend their trial to six weeks, an increase on the usual four weeks that BioMed Central offers. All institutions taking out a trial will receive an advocacy pack to help spread the word to their researchers. For further information on our subscription offers, contact your Sales Representative.
Since the launch of SpringerOpen in June 2010, our portfolio of fully open access journalshas grown considerably from only 6 available journals in October 2010 to over 65 journals now open for submissions. More than 45 titles are already publishing articles and over 10 SpringerOpen journals now have an Impact Factor.
SpringerPlus is the latest addition to the SpringerOpen portfolio. It is our first open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering all areas in Science, Technology and Medicine. The journal offers rigorous peer reviewing, easy submission, transparent processing and fast publication. More details can be found at the SpringerPluswebsite.
SpringerPlus, as well as all other SpringerOpen journals, are covered by the BioMed Central Membership Program. Please visit our website for further information.
Sales Executive Simon Neilson recently held a successful workshop at the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media, exploring open access in Denmark. Topics covered included how best to introduce open access at an institution, and libraries responses to open access, with speakers such as Philippe Grandjean, Editor-in-Chief at Environmental Health, and Bo Öhrström, a member of the Danish Open Access Committee giving well-received presentations.
For further information on how BioMed Central can help your institution support the open access output of your researchers, including hosting open access workshops, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
Alejandro Lopez Cobos has joined BioMed Central as Sales Executive for Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, the Middle East, and Latin America (excluding Brazil). For a full list of updated sales regions, please visit our sales contact page.
Two new clients: Oxfam and the University of Derby
Oxfam GB, the leading aid and development charity, has launched their repository – the Oxfam iLibrary. The iLibrary was developed to allow Oxfam to organize, showcase and browse their vital research and policy information worldwide in a single, secure location online. Read their case study and blog to learn more.
An increase in the growth and range of research at the University of Derby, and appreciation of the benefits of an open access repository to raise awareness of the University's research outputs supported their decision to implement a repository. View their case study and blog for more information.
These organizations chose to partner with Open Repository, the hosted solution from BioMed Central, because they lacked the technical staff capacity in-house to develop, manage and support a repository. They now have a uniquely customized, reliable and cost-effective DSpace repository solution, with advanced features and support from the Open Repository team.
Open Repository workshop at ALA Midwinter
Bob Schatz presented a workshop at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas in January entitled Institutional Repositories and the Open Repository Solution. The session examined the role repositories serve in institutions, where they fit in the larger environment of scholarly communication and benefits of a hosted solution, providing an engaging forum of discussion for attendees. Read our post-conference blog here.
New Feature: OpenAthens SP
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 are available here.
We are delighted to welcome the following institutions to our Membership Program:
Essentia Institute of Rural Health
Department of Endocrinology – Jagiellonian University
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Grupo de Investigación en Salud Pública y Servicios
Institut für Qualitaet und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen