BioMed Central

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BioMed Central (BMC) is a United Kingdom-based, for-profit scientific open access publisher that produces over 250 scientific journals.wikipedia
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Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central Journal
Chemistry Central was established in 2006 and the PhysMath Central journal imprint in 2007.
It was established on August 22, 2006 and was operated by BioMed Central.

Vitek Tracz

SNG chairman Vitek Tracz developed the concept for the company after NIH director Harold Varmus's PubMed Central concept for open-access publishing was scaled back.
In academic publishing, Tracz is known as the founder of the Current Opinion journals (which, along with the research journal Current Biology and the early scientific community websites BioMedNet and Chemweb, were acquired by Elsevier in 1997), and open access publisher BioMed Central (acquired by Springer Science+Business Media in 2008).

Jan Velterop

The first director of the company was Jan Velterop.
He next joined Nature as director for a short while, but moved quickly on to help get BioMed Central, the first commercial open access science publisher, off the ground.

BMC Medicine

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BioMed Central's flagship journals include BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Biology (impact factor 14.08) and Genome Medicine.
BMC Medicine is a peer-reviewed electronic-only medical journal published since 2003 by BioMed Central which is part of Springer Nature.

BMC Biology

BioMed Central's flagship journals include BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Biology (impact factor 14.08) and Genome Medicine.
The journal is part of a series of BMC journals published by the UK-based publisher BioMed Central, owned by Springer Nature.

Genome Medicine

BioMed Central's flagship journals include BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Biology (impact factor 14.08) and Genome Medicine.
It was established in 2009 and is published continuously by BioMed Central.

Springer Science+Business Media

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In October 2008, it was announced that BioMed Central (along with Chemistry Central and PhysMath Central) had been acquired by Springer Science+Business Media, the second largest STM publisher.
Springer acquired the open-access publisher BioMed Central in October 2008 for an undisclosed amount.

Genome Biology

BioMed Central's flagship journals include BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Biology (impact factor 14.08) and Genome Medicine.
It was established in 2000 and is published by BioMed Central.

Article processing charge

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In 2002, the company introduced article processing charges, and these have since been the primary source of revenue.
Another concern is that institutional budgets may need to be adjusted in order to provide funding for the article processing charges required to publish in many open access journals (e.g. those published by BioMed Central ).

Arthritis Research & Therapy

All journals are published online; some of the flagship journals have in the past also been available as print subscriptions, such as Arthritis Research & Therapy.
It is published by BioMed Central, part of Springer Nature, and the editors-in-chief are Christopher Buckley (University of Birmingham and University of Oxford) and Harris Perlman (Northwestern University).

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

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Another voiced concern is the fact that OASPA has been founded by BioMed Central and other open access publishers, which would cause a conflict of interest in their "seal of approval".

PhysMath Central

Chemistry Central was established in 2006 and the PhysMath Central journal imprint in 2007.
PhysMath Central was an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media, publishing online open-access scientific journals in physics and mathematics and operated by BioMed Central.

Trials (journal)

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The journal is published by BioMed Central; the editors-in-chief are Jeremy Grimshaw (Ottawa Health Research Institute), Peter Jüni (University of Toronto), Tianjing Li (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), and Shaun Treweek (University of Aberdeen).

Open access

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BioMed Central (BMC) is a United Kingdom-based, for-profit scientific open access publisher that produces over 250 scientific journals. The only exceptions to this (as of 2010) were the flagship journals, which reserved rights on review and commentary content; those articles were available to purchase on a subscription or on a pay-per-view basis, becoming freely available (but not fully open access) to all after six months; however, as of January 2015, "no subscription fees apply to these journals or to any articles published in them."
Open access can be provided by commercial publishers, who may publish open access as well as subscription-based journals, or dedicated open-access publishers such as Public Library of Science (PLOS) and BioMed Central.

Scientific journal

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BioMed Central (BMC) is a United Kingdom-based, for-profit scientific open access publisher that produces over 250 scientific journals.

Springer Nature

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It was founded in 2000 and has been owned by Springer, now Springer Nature, since 2008.

Harold E. Varmus

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SNG chairman Vitek Tracz developed the concept for the company after NIH director Harold Varmus's PubMed Central concept for open-access publishing was scaled back.

PubMed Central

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SNG chairman Vitek Tracz developed the concept for the company after NIH director Harold Varmus's PubMed Central concept for open-access publishing was scaled back.

Yale University Library

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In 2007 Yale University Libraries stopped subsidizing BioMed Central article processing charges for Yale researchers.

Healthcare Information For All

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In November 2008, BioMed Central became an official supporting organisation of Healthcare Information For All.

Creative Commons license

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Publications in BioMed Central journals are, immediately upon publication, released under the Creative Commons "Attribution" license which grants permission to reuse publications and produce derivative work.

Pay-per-view

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The only exceptions to this (as of 2010) were the flagship journals, which reserved rights on review and commentary content; those articles were available to purchase on a subscription or on a pay-per-view basis, becoming freely available (but not fully open access) to all after six months; however, as of January 2015, "no subscription fees apply to these journals or to any articles published in them."

Impact factor

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Most BMC Series journals have an impact factor.

Clinical trial

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The company also has hosted biomedical databases, including Current Controlled Trials, a database of clinical trials.

Case report

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The Biology Image Library and the Cases Database, a database of medical case reports, were closed in 2014.