17 September 2004
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We are delighted to announce that Rosalind Arrowsmith-Brown will now be responsible for the renewal of all BioMed Central Institutional Memberships and library subscriptions.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our repository service for universities and research institutions. Open Repository (www.openrepository.com) has been conceived in direct response to demand in the market.
Open Repository offers professional help to institutions to quickly and easily build, launch, maintain, and populate their institutional repositories. The service has been designed to be flexible and cost-effective. BioMed Central makes it possible for institutions that could not otherwise afford to, or lack the infrastructure or technical capacity in-house, to set up repositories.
Open Repository offers a number of different levels of service, to fit with a university or organization’s requirements. BioMed Central will build the repository with complete customization to the customer’s requirements using open source software, DSpace. Repositories built under the scheme will be able to accept a wide variety of publication types. It is then up to the institution whether they wish BioMed Central to maintain the repository or to transfer operation and maintenance to themselves.
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New Support Service from BioMed Central
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BioMed Central Journals get new Impact Factors from ISI
Open Access journals published by BioMed Central have received impact factors that compare well with equivalent subscription titles. The high impact factors, all for journals that are just a few years old, prove that Open Access to research literature achieves impact fast and makes quality articles much more widely visible.
Arthritis Research & Therapy jumped from 3.44 to 5.03, propelling it to rank second in the rheumatology field in only its 5th year of publication. Breast Cancer Research also increased its impact factor - moving from 2.81 to 2.93, placing it on even footing with its direct competitor, Breast Cancer Research & Treatment, which was established more than 20 years ago. Critical Care moved up to 6th in its field, and now has an impact factor of 1.9.
Four journals published by BioMed Central received their first impact factors this year. Respiratory Research (5.53) comes in from nowhere to immediately take second place in the respiratory field. Current Controlled Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine has an impact factor of 3.12. BMC Cell Biology (2.61) and BMC Health Services Research (0.67) also entered well. BioMed Central saw its impact factors go up across the board. BMC Cancer now has an impact factor of 1.7, while BMC Infectious Diseases (1.25) and BMC Public Health (0.93) also saw increases in their impact factors from the 2002 Journal Citation Report.
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BioMed Central will be attending the following conferences over the coming weeks and months. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or just drop by our booth if you are planning to attend the event. We look forward to meeting you!
EAHIL 2004, Santander, Spain
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Following its recent launch, Peoples Archive has attracted a great deal of interest from academics, librarians and reviewers alike. In particular, a recent article from James Knight in The Sunday Times newspaper (UK) describes how Peoples Archive "seizes on the new possibilities afforded by high-speed internet access to line up a dream team of dazzling scientific minds, all filmed in pin-sharp video."
Knight goes on to describe the "plethora of front-rank intellectuals talking lucidly and movingly about the events that shaped them. Their powers of recall, often stretching back to early childhood memories, are utterly enthralling."
With over 2000 stories from a growing number of biologists, physicists, chemists and mathematicians, Peoples Archive provides scientists, students and historians of science with the unprecedented opportunity to see some of the greatest figures in science talk about their life and work exactly as they remember it.
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New Independent Journals
Since the last newsletter, we have launched four new journals as part of our innovative 'independent journals program'. BioMed Central now publishes over 50 independent journals, and more than 110 Open Access journals in total. Recently launched journals include:
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