BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research
All the original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available online without charge or any other barriers to access. This commitment is based on the view that open access to research is central to rapid and efficient progress in science and that subscription-based access to research is hindering rather than helping scientific communication.
BioMed Central is committed to ensuring efficient and effective quality control through full and stringent peer review
All research articles and most other content in BioMed Central's journals are fully and rapidly peer-reviewed. The precise form of peer review is left to those responsible for editorial control of the journal [more information]. In some cases, including all the medical BMC journals, reviewers are asked to sign their reviews and the pre-publication history of each paper (submitted versions, reviewers' reports, authors' responses) is posted on the web with the published article.
BioMed Central publishes a wide variety of journals and other services
BioMed Central's portfolio of over 100 journals ranges from the highly selective, general interest Journal of Biology, which publishes both online and in print, to a range of specialist online only journals [more information]. BioMed Central also publishes Faculty of 1000, the leading literature evaluation service [more information].
Starting new, open access journals with BioMed Central
We make our online submission and peer-review technology available without charge to groups of scientists who wish to run open access, online journals under their own editorial control [more information].
We intend to have all BioMed Central journals citation-tracked, and establish impact factors
However, we think that the current reliance on journal impact factors to assess the importance of individual articles has many problems. We are therefore working to develop additional methods for judging the relative importance of particular pieces of research: ones that are based on assessing the value of individual articles using a combination of editorial and peer judgements, as well as citation rates and usage statistics [more information on indexing/citation tracking of BioMed Central articles].
Authors who publish original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central retain copyright over their work
This secures their "moral right" to protect the integrity of their work and to have the full work referenced whenever all or part of it is reproduced. By publishing their research articles in a journal published by BioMed Central, authors agree to allow free and unrestricted non-commercial use of the work by others [more information].
We are committed to developing a sustainable business model that can secure open access to biomedical research results in the long term
BioMed Central's commitment to free and immediate access to original research articles is fundamental to our goals as science publishers. Most publishers of original research articles cover their costs, and often make high profits, by charging users (mostly through library subscriptions). This results in both high costs and many restrictions to access and usage. We use other business models. Article-processing charges [more information] enable the costs of immediate, world-wide access to research to be covered. The levying of a moderate and reasonable charge for the costs of peer review and publication has the merit of directly linking the charge with the service to authors and the costs involved. Other sources of revenue include subscription access to commissioned articles, sales of paper copies of our journals to libraries, sales of reprints, advertising and sponsorship, and most importantly the development of a range of subscription-based value added services such as literature reviews and evaluation, personalized information services delivered electronically, provision of editorially enhanced databases, tools that help scientists collaborate, and other software research aids.
BioMed Central supports PubMed Central and other digital repositories, as well as encouraging self-archiving by authors
All research articles published by BioMed Central are archived without delay in PubMed Central, and are also included in PubMed. This means that all articles are permanently accessible and conveniently searchable. BioMed Central supports non-exclusive digital archiving of research articles by as many international archives as possible to ensure the security and permanent accessibility of that research, and will deposit its research articles in other digital repositories as and when they are available [more information].
BioMed Central satisfies the demands outlined in the open letter from the Public Library of Science at http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org.
We welcome articles from all signatories to the open letter, and from anyone who wishes the peer-reviewed research they publish to be immediately and freely accessible online.