The European Union is set to distribute the majority of its €80 billion research funding in support of open access publishing in the next few years. Robert-Jan Smits, the director general of research and innovation at the European Commission, recently spoke of the “huge potential” of open access publishing and that the European Commission’s commitment to free online access was essential to driving free movement of researchers and ideas within Europe.
The European Commission is currently drafting proposals for the Horizon 2020 programmes, and the funding is expected to be distributed between 2014 – 2020. Read more on the European Commission’s support of open access here.
Harvard University recently published a memo encouraging its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals. As one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Harvard’s backing shows that an increasing number of institutions are realizing the importance of open access to the dissemination of scientific research. Harvard University outlines its open access policies here.
The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest research charities, has recently announced that it is to support efforts by scientists to make their work freely available for all to access, by establishing a free, online publication entitled e-Life.
As the original open access publisher, BioMed Central is delighted that an increasing number of organizations are recognizing the importance of open access, and recently responded to the Wellcome Trust’s announcement.
Refer to our Membership pages for further information on how your institution can actively support open access.
BioMed Central news
On Location – ALA Annual Workshop
BioMed Central will be hosting a free workshop, entitled 'Institutional repositories and the Open Repository solution' at ALA Annual 2012, which aims to give librarians a comprehensive overview of institutional repositories.
BioMed Central and the Wellcome Trust work towards the sustainability of open access publishing in Africa
On Thursday 17th May BioMed Central held a summit meeting, in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust, titled "Sustainability of open access publishing in Africa". The meeting successfully connected a range of people, collectively bringing their experiences together to discuss the challenges for open access publishing and research funding in Africa.
Representatives from BioMed Central, Wellcome Collection, Pan African Medical Journal and University of Toronto, Scarborough, gave presentations, and attendees included representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the World Bank, EIFL and PLoS. Read our blog for further information on the meeting.
Open access provides a way for researchers from low-income countries to participate more fully in the international research community, and so BioMed Central has created a set of initiatives designed to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from these countries. For further information on BioMed Central’s work in the developing world, please visit our website.
Foundation Membership welcomes four new Members
BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen are committed to providing immediate and free access to all the research published in our 230+ journals. To support researchers in developing countries, BioMed Central operates a waiver scheme, and has developed the Foundation Membership Program, which enables institutions in developing countries to demonstrate their commitment and support for open access publishing.
We are delighted to announce that African Medical and Research Foundation, Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ghana recently joined BioMed Central as Foundation Members.
To become a Foundation Member, institutions must fulfil certain criteria. If you would like to learn more please do get in touch.
Open Repository has upgraded all of its clients to the latest DSpace platform, version 1.8. New features include the ability to export communities and collections, open search functionality, the ability for administrators to carry out more complex metadata editing in batches and RSS feeds now support richer features such as iTunes podcasts. To learn more about the benefits of automatic upgrades, read the blog.
Open Repository reaches 1000 followers
Over 1,100 people are now following Open Repository on Twitter! If you would like to join them and keep up-to-date with the latest open access, repositories and product update news, click here to follow us.
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We are delighted to welcome the following institutions to our Membership Program:
Area de Epidemiologia Ambiental y Cancer (Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia)
Chalmers University of Technology
Cluj University of Medicine and Pharmacy Library
Instituto de Salud Carlos III.
International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology
Pan Weiqing's Lab
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Regent University College of Science and Technology
School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University
Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology Co. Ltd
St Vincent Health Melbourne
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
Universita degli Studi di Sassari
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
University of Cape Town
University of Exeter
University of Malaya
University of Patras Library & Information Service