BioMed Central introduces 'Shared Support Membership'
28 Sep 2010
Pioneering new model offers a highly manageable cost-effective publication solution for both the institutions and authors
Today, BioMed Central officially announced the launch of Shared Support Membership – a new and innovative Membership package for institutions that want to provide financial support for their researchers open access publications, but at the same time manage their expenditure.
Whilst many institutes encourage their researchers to publish in open access journals, with limited publication budgets, it is often a complicated process to apportion the right amount of funds to cover Article Processing Charges (APC’s). To alleviate some of the financial burdens, Shared Support combines the best of BioMed Central’s other Membership types (Prepay and Supporter) and splits the costs of publishing with BioMed Central down the middle - the institute pays 50% and the submitting author pays the remaining 50%.
This new Membership type therefore offers a more balanced, easier way to handle the cost associated with open access publication. It also allows both parties to benefit from significant discounts of between 5-15% depending on how much funding the institute decides to pre-pay into their Membership account.
There is no joining fee for Shared Support Membership. Members can also immediately benefit from the supply of automated repository feeds using SWORD, which ensure that any articles published in BioMed Central journals will be automatically deposited into their institutional repositories.
Speaking of the Shared Support Membership launch, Xiaolin Zhang, Director of the National Science Library at the Chinese Academy of Sciences said: “As one of the first institutions to take on BioMed Central’s Shared Support Membership it has proven to work well. On the one hand, the Shared Support Membership provides a means to encourage scientists to have a try of open access publishing, which will promote the open access progress in Chinese Academy of Sciences. On the other hand, splitting the cost between library and scientists reduce the burden of budget, so that the library could take the responsibility of promoting open access in the organizations.”
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Notes to Editors:
- BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.