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Benefits of Membership:

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With a Membership, your researchers can choose to apply the discount to any of the journals in the BioMed Central and SpringerOpen portfolios (including SpringerOpen books). There are nearly 500 journals across all areas of science, technology, medicine, engineering, chemistry, and mathematics.

We offer four different types of Membership:

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