Re: BioMed Central and new publishing models

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"The profound changes currently underway in scientific
publishing are both exciting and anxiety provoking"

Ushering in a new age of scientific publishing,
by Dr Harold Varmus,
President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center, USA

Articles and transcripts from speakers and delegates
at the Freedom of Information conference can now be
found at:


In this update:

* Senior Scientists and Clinicians to Support BMC
* Freedom of Information: Proceedings and Articles
* New Research from BioMed Central
* BMC Quick Tip
* Stanford Lab Publishes on BioMed Central through
* BMC in the News
* Come and See Us...


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* Senior Scientists and Clinicians to Support BMC

Fifty leading scientists and clinicians have joined
BioMed Central as editorial supervisors, core
reviewers and referees. Included in the prestigious
list are Dennis Selkoe, one of the world's foremost
researchers on the molecular genetics of Alzheimer's,
and Eugene Braunwald, a world-renowned cardiologists.
Other scientists and clinicians lending their support
to BMC include:

+ Laurence Cohn, Harvard Medical School and Brigham
  and Women's Hospital (Cardiology)
+ John Dowling, Harvard University, Department of
  Molecular and Cellular Biology (Neuroscience)
+ Jack Szostak, Massachusetts General Hospital
  (Molecular biology)

For a full list of editorial supervisors and referees
involved in BioMed Central visit:



* Freedom of Information: Proceedings and Articles

Why are science publishers "parasites" and why are the
people behind PubMed Central "naive academic

If you missed the Freedom of Information conference at
the New York Academy of Medicine last month, you now
have the opportunity to find out what the leading
names from the biomedical community and beyond have to
say about the impact of open access on biomedical
science. In addition to an edited transcript of the
conference proceedings, six articles by prominent
speakers and delegates expand on some of the ideas and
questions raised at the conference.

In one article, Dr David Lipman, Director of the
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
and head of the PubMed Central initiative, explains
some of the problems faced by the NCBI in setting up
the PubMed Central archive. "Addressing the technical
challenges presented by such ambitious project have
kept us [PubMed Central] busy behind the scenes, but
we are moving ahead to make PubMed Central a reality,"
says Dr Lipman.

Other Freedom of Information articles include:

* Ushering in a new age of scientific publishing
Dr Harold Varmus,
President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer

* How to survive as a society publisher in the
Elizabeth Marincola, Chief Executive of the
American Society for Cell Biology

* What's wrong with how we judge science?
Barry P Markovitz, Washington University School
of Medicine

Meanwhile, the virtual debate from the conference
continues with delegates and non-delegates alike
discussing some of the key issues raised at the
conference. All information relating to Freedom of
Information can be accessed at:


* New Research from BioMed Central

Getting to grips with E.coli

Jeremy S Edwards and Bernhard O Palsson from the
University of California and Harvard Medical School
have taken a step closer to understanding the complex
relationship between an organism's genetic information
and its observable characteristics. Using genome
sequencing information, the researchers have been able
to construct models of the Escherichia coli bacteria
and analyse the metabolic pathways using flux balance
analysis to identify the key gene products of the
bacterium's central metabolism.

The full text of the article, Metabolic flux balance
analysis and the in silico analysis of Escherichia
coli K-12 gene deletions, is available free of charge



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* BMC Quick Tip

The PDF version of research articles published by
BioMed Central contains a number of useful functions
that you may not be aware of. Clicking on a reference
number in the text will allow you to jump to that
reference in the relevant section below. By clicking
on the author names in this section you can jump
directly to PubMed and the abstract of the article
referred to!

Give it a try by visiting:
DNA loops and semicatenated DNA junctions
by Claire Gaillard and François Strauss
BMC Structural Biology 2000 1(1): 1-1


* Stanford Lab Publishes on BioMed Central through

A leading research team has published their latest
research article on BioMed Central through sister-
publisher, Genome Biology. The article details a new
statistical method that identifies similar groups of
genes from large tissue samples that could be used to
predict the effectiveness of treating patients
suffering from a variety of disorders including
cancer. The statistical method, named 'gene shaving'
because it cuts away useless or irrelevant data to
leave clusters of similar genes, was used by the
research team at Stanford University, USA, to analyse
the genetic information of tumors removed from
patients suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
(DLCL). The researchers found that they could
identify distinct clusters of genes that, from
previous studies, were highly indicative of a
patient's chance of survival.

The full text of the article is available through the
BioMed Central site at:


* BMC in the News

American Medical Publishers Association Newsletter
In the race to enrich the way scientific information
is produced and distributed in the digital age, are
journal publishers committing economic suicide?
AMPA Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 3, July, 2000

Nature Structural Biology
Free access?
The Internet has raised our expectations of what we
should be able to get for free and how quickly we
should be able to get it. In the biomedical research
community, the side effect of the Internet's success
is clearly being felt - and is causing many to rethink
certain standard practices and policies.
Nature Structural Biology,
Volume 7, Number 8, August 2000, p.609

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