The University Libraries, in support of the Open Access publishing model, has paid for a trial institutional membership to BioMed Central (BMC) for 2004. We hope that this membership will encourage researchers at the University of Minnesota to consider BMC journals for submission of articles. This membership enables U of M authors to waive BioMed Central's article processing fee (typically $500). For more information, and a list of articles published in BMC by U of M authors, please see http://www.biomedcentral.com/inst/20200.
Open Access publishing is a model for scholarly publishing in which access to published articles and other information is not contingent on paid subscription to the journal or venue. Rather, the published information is made freely available to any interested users. (Publication costs are recouped via other mechanisms, such as charges to the author or author's institution.) The movement has gained root in part due to the rapidly rising subscription costs of many scholarly journals over the past decade, particularly in the sciences. These rising costs have forced libraries to cancel journal subscriptions, resulting in decreased access to scholarly information for library users. For more information about current issues in scholarly communication, please see the Create Change website (http://www.createchange.org) and brochure (http://www.createchange.org/resources/CreateChange2003.pdf) from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
Readers and potential authors of BioMed Central journals should be cautioned that, for some BMC journals, only primary literature articles are open access, while access to review articles and other "synthetic" or "value-added" articles does require a subscription. The University Libraries are, when possible, purchasing subscriptions to some of these journals (including a print copy of "Genome Biology" at Magrath Library).
If you have any questions or comments about BioMed Central, or other Open Access publishers or journals, please contact Bio-Medical Library staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted by biomednews at March 16, 2004 01:40 PM