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Libraries join open access publishing group BMC

Responding to the rising cost of journals — with increases of 10 percent or more per year — OhioLINK, a consortium of 83 college and university libraries including Miami, is exploring open access models for publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work by becoming members of BioMedCentral (BMC).

With BMC, faculty benefit from publishing their research articles in an open access journal without paying the usual BMC $500 processing charge. BioMed Central publishes 104 open access online journals across the spectrum of biology and medicine. A full list is at

Faculty submissions to any of the journals will receive rigorous and rapid peer review.

If the article is accepted:

• It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection and therefore is more likely to be cited.

• It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication and securely and permanently archived in PubMed Central.

• Copyright of the work does not transfer to BMC.

• The article’s access statistics can be viewed.

• All BMC open access journal articles will be loaded into the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center for access and permanent archiving.

More details are at under “New Publishing Model for Peer-Reviewed Work.”

Information about the benefits of publishing with BioMed Central is available at

As of Nov. 1, faculty can submit a manuscript, either via a journal home page or via Faculty from an OhioLINK member institution will be granted an article processing charge waiver.

For details on this and for submitting from an off-campus site, go to

Date Published: 11/06/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 14


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