Last month University Libraries purchased a Supporting Membership to BioMed Central. This allows BGSU faculty and researchers to receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for open access journals housed in BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.
Open Access journals are journals that do not charge readers or libraries subscription fees or fees to view or download articles. The movement to create such journals began in the late 1990s when researchers and librarians became worried about the exorbitant prices of and high inflation for scientific journals. Now many grants stipulate that research funded by them be published in open access journals, and important repositories of open access scholarship such as PubMed Central make peer-reviewed scientific research available to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.
Many open access journals support their publication through charging author fees to those whose research is published in the journal or charging institutions for memberships covering the author fees for their affiliated researchers. Authors from low-income countries are often exempt from these fees.
BioMed Central journals cover areas such as biomedicine, public health, and psychology. Chemistry Central is a journal covering eight major areas in chemistry research. SpringerOpen journals cover mainly topics in the sciences, but also include business, education and some humanities and social sciences titles, as well as engineering, mathematics and statistics. Article processing charges charges vary by title but are often between $1,000 and $2,000 (see listings of charges for BioMed Central, SpringerOpen and Chemistry Central).
For more information about BGSU’s Supporting Membership to BioMed Central, please contract Linda Brown, BGSU’s Collections Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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