Open Access Moving into the mainstreamPresentation Transcript
Open Access Moving into the mainstream
Professor Chris McManus University college London.
What is BioMed Central?
Independent online publishing house committed to providing peer-reviewed research across all areas of biology and medicine, with immediate, barrier-free open access for all .
Using other business models to maintain our open access policy including:
Article processing charges (~£750/$1300 p/a)
BioMed Central Membership
Universities, societies, funding agencies and government
BioMed Central now has over 150 journals
33 tracked by ISI; 15 with impact factors
Over 26000 submitted articles; 12000 published articles
Traditional publishers introducing open access options
2004 – 11% published in open access
2005 – 29% published in open access
EC Report calls for change in science publishing http:// europa . eu . int /rapid/ pressReleasesAction .do?reference=IP/06/414
Recommendations: Set up EU policy mandating EC-funded research to be made open access; aim at a level playing field and allocating money to libraries for subscription journals and for author pays journals.
House of Commons (UK) Inquiry into Scientific Publishing
The report concludes that the publishing of scientific research is unsatisfactory and that change on all sides is needed as a matter of urgency.
Recommends that UK research funding bodies mandate free access to all their research findings and that the Research Councils each establish a fund to which their funded researchers can apply should they wish to publish their articles using the author-pays model.
Launching open access journals with BioMed Central:
Geochemical Transactions - Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society
Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica - Veterinary Associations of the Nordic Countries
Chiropractic & Osteopathy - Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia
Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases - subunit of INSERM
Chinese Medicine - International Society of Chinese Medicine
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research - Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society
BioPsychoSocial Medicine - Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine
BioMed Central’s Journals
Over 150 open access journals
Biology and medicine
Journal of Biology, BMC Biology, BMC Medicine
BMC series journals
Veterinary research “NEW”
BMC Veterinary Research
- Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Journals with Impact Factors BMC Cancer impact factor: 2.29 BMC Infectious Diseases impact factor: 2.07 BMC Public Health impact factor: 1.55 BMC Health Services Research impact factor: 1.23 BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders impact factor: 1.00 BMC Genetics impact factor: 0.92 Trials impact factor: 1.70 BMC Bioinformatics impact factor: 5.42 Respiratory Research impact factor: 4.03 Arthritis Research & Therapy impact factor: 4.55 BMC Genomics impact factor: 3.25 Critical Care impact factor: 3.21 BMC Molecular Biology impact factor: 3.12 Breast Cancer Research impact factor: 2.98 BMC Cell Biology impact factor: 2.62
Journals waiting for impact factors Malaria Journal impact factor due June 2006 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology impact factor due June 2008 Genome Biology impact factor due June 2006 BMC Developmental Biology * impact factor due June 2008 BMC Immunology * impact factor due June 2008 BMC Neurology * impact factor due June 2008 BMC Structural Biology * impact factor due June 2008 Microbial Cell Factories impact factor due June 2008 BMC Biotechnology impact factor due June 2007 BMC Evolutionary Biology impact factor due June 2006 BMC Gastroenterology impact factor due June 2006 BMC Medical Genetics impact factor due June 2008 BMC Microbiology impact factor due June 2007 BMC Neuroscience impact factor due June 2006 Journal of Translational Medicine impact factor due June 2008 BMC Plant Biology * impact factor due June 2008 Retrovirology impact factor due June 2009
Citation and downloads “ PNAS open access articles receive 50% more full-text accesses and PDF downloads than subscription-access articles.” Kenneth R. Fulton, PNAS Publisher Independent study by CIBER found http://www. ucl .ac. uk / ciber / ciber _2005_survey_final. pdf that “senior authors believe downloads to be more credible measure of the usefulness of research then traditional citations.”
3.5 million page views per month
Authors embracing OA Independent study by CIBER found: http://www. ucl .ac. uk / ciber / ciber _2005_survey_final. pdf
Research community is now much aware of the open access issue (up 10% percentage points from 2004)
Big fall in authors knowing nothing at all about open access (down 25 points)
Authors publishing in OA up from 11% (2004) to 29% (2005)
75% of authors surveyed agreed with the statement:
“ High Prices make it difficult to access literature”
Benefits of publishing in open access journals?
Free Access =Maximum Visibility
Higher chances to be cited
Immediate publication and included in PubMed
Authors retain copyright
BMC promotes selected articles
Unlimited space for figures and data
The Service BioMed Central offers…
Efficient Peer Review
all papers are peer reviewed in the ‘traditional’ way
all articles are permanently archived in PubMed Central, INIST (an other international archives)
Searchable and retrievable :
all included in PubMed, Scirus, Google, CrossRef, HINARI (some journals are indexed in MEDLINE, Biosis, CAS, an increasing number tracked by ISI for citations)
What do authors like about BioMed Central?
Speed with which article is included in PubMed and other abstracting/indexing services
Final appearance of article
Helpfulness of editorial staff
Speed of online manuscript submission system
Over 90% of authors would recommend us to a colleague.
Professor Chris McManus published in BMC Medicine.
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