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ICSTI: BioMed Central for UK Universities

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  • Subject: ICSTI: BioMed Central for UK Universities
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:31:34 +0100 (BST)

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These are extracts from a Press Release from JISC the UK Joint Information
Systems Committee representing UK universities:

.. deal announced today by The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC),
...and open access publisher BioMed Central.... The 15 month BioMed Central
membership agreement commences on the 1 July. From this date article-
processing charges will be waived - for all UK higher education staff - when
publishing in any of BioMed Central's 90+ peer-reviewed journals in which all
research content is freely accessible.

More than 80,000 biology and medical researchers working at UK universities
can now share their research findings freely with fellow researchers, funding
bodies, students, journalists, and the general public worldwide. ....
 Publishing in freely accessible online journals will also make the UK higher
 education system more cost- effective, by reducing the amount of money spent
 on journal subscriptions.

The JISC deal means that 180 universities in the UK will now become BioMed
Central members. Together with the recent NHS England membership agreement
http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/about/pr-releases?pr=20030306, the vast
majority of research produced in the UK could be published in open access
journals at no cost to the individual author.

BioMed Central now has more members in the UK than in any other country.



Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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