Re: BioMed Central and new publishing models

From: Thomas Krichel <T.Krichel_at_SURREY.AC.UK>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 14:26:17 +0000

  Mike Brown writes

> BioMed Central is part of the Current Science Group
> []. Current Science Group is an
> independent, privately owned publishing group and has no connection with
> Elsevier Science. In 1997 several companies within the Current Science
> Group (Current Biology, BioMedNet and ChemWeb) were sold to Elsevier
> Science, this may account for any confusion about ownership.
> BioMed Central believes that primary research should be available free to
> all, globally, and without any barriers to access. We believe the new
> technologies that are now available allow publishing of primary research to
> be done at very low cost and much more efficiently than before.

  These two paragraphs illustrate well a potential problem with commercial
  intermediation between academics. Are there any guarantees that the
  BioMed will not be taken over by or sold to another company, who
  may hold different beliefs than yours?

  Thomas Krichel
Received on Mon Jan 24 2000 - 19:17:43 GMT

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