Re: BioMed Central and new publishing models

From: Gordon Fletcher <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 17:17:58 +0100

Press Release: 10th August 2001
For Immediate Release

Contact: Gordon Fletcher
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 0323
Fax: +44 (0)20 7580 1938

BioMed Central Embraces the Open Archives Initiative

BioMed Central has now implemented support for the
Open Archives Initiative (OAI) by providing its
metadata (a description of the information within
an archive, eg title, authors and abstract of a
research article) in standard Dublin Core format
XML. This allows any OAI compliant service
provider to list BioMed Central content.

The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) is developing
uniform standards to allow academic holdings of
all kinds to be accessed with ease. The OAI gives
technical recommendations for archives that, when
implemented, will allow archive metadata to become
available via its inclusion in search engines and
recommendation services.

The BioMed Central metadata is already being used
by a variety of projects such as Cornell
University's 'SITE for Science' (part of the NSF
National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and
Technology Education Digital Library).

The support of the OAI is consistent with our
policy of promoting wider indexing of BioMed
Central's journals. Articles from BioMed Central
online journals are already indexed in PubMed and
Scirus and are archived at PubMed Central. The
British Library has also agreed to archive
research from BioMed Central as soon as it has put
the necessary technical infrastructure in place.

In the near future, we also plan to release an
update to the BioMed Central OAI repository, that
will offer a richer choice of metadata formats,
and compliance with the recently finalised version
1.1 of the OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol.

For further information on BioMed Central's
support for the OAI visit:

For further information on the Open Archives
Initiative visit:

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to providing immediate free access to the
peer-reviewed biological and medical research it
publishes. This commitment is based on the view
that open access to research is essential to the
rapid and efficient communication of science. In
addition to open-access original research, BioMed
Central also publishes reviews and other
subscription-based content.

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