BioMed Central launches Open Access initiatives

The publisher Biomed Central has announced that the 2nd Open Access Africa conference will take place from 25-26 October 2011 at Mohimbili University Health and Allied Sciences ( MUHAS ), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The free conference, organised in partnership with Computer Aid International will provide a focal point to bring researchers, librarians and funders together to examine the opportunities and challenges for open access publishing in an African context.

Alongside the announcement of Open Access Africa 2011, BioMed Central is also launching a new free membership scheme for qualifying universities and research institutions in low income countries. Foundation membership will enable institutions to demonstrate their support for open access publishing and offers a range of benefits which will enhance the visibility of the institution’s research output. Institutions are to become Foundation members if they are located in a country covered by BioMed Central Open Access Waiver Fund, have an official institutional policy in support of open access, and have published at least five papers in BioMed Central open access journals within these years.

My thanks to INASP for this news.

Nigel Palmer

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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