Open Access, Scholarly Communications, News: BioMedCentral set to join the Springer family
October 9, 2008
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More swift change in the Science-Technology-Medicine publishing industry took place this week when Springer Science+Business announced their intention to acquire BioMedCentral (BMC), currently the largest open-access publishing platform in the world.
Here are a few facts about BioMedCentral. The first paragraph was taken from the Springer press release and the second paragraph is from the BMC “About” page:
” BioMedCentral is an STM publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMedCentral are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. “
” BMC is committed to maintaining high standards through full and stringent peer-review. All research articles in BMC‘s journals receive rapid and thorough peer review….BMC has a portfolio of 193 journals including general titles such as Journal of Biology as well as specialist journals (e.g. BMC Bioinformatics or Malaria Journal) that focus on particular disciplines.”
” All the research published by BMC journals is open access, but BMC also provides access to various additional products and services that require a subscription. For example, certain BMC journals such as Genome Biology publish commissioned review content available only to subscribers. Other subscription-only products include Faculty of 1000, a literature evaluation service that covers both biology and medicine. BMC also operates Open Repository, a hosted digital repository solution for institutions. ”
Springer‘s corporate slogan is “We Manage Knowledge”. As do librarians 🙂
P.S. New York Magazine on Sept 14 2008 ran an article written by Boris Kachka about the general state of the book publishing industry, entitled “The End“, which can be read online at this link.