Feb. 11, 2012 – Through the efforts of the University Libraries, Virginia Tech is now an institutional member of BioMed Central . This will enable authors affiliated with the university to qualify for a 15% discount on article processing charges for any of over 200 peer-reviewed, open access journals available from BioMed Central. By actively supporting open access through this membership, the University Libraries hope to make it easier for Virginia Tech authors to make the results of their research freely available online without any barriers to access. There are currently 138 members of BioMed Central in the United States and some 379 worldwide.
As the name suggests, BioMed Central has a strong focus on journals in biology and medicine. However, our participation in BioMed Central also includes similar benefits with two partner initiatives. Chemistry Central offers open access journals in chemistry. SpringerOpen includes a growing range of open access journals across all areas of science and technology. All three of these offer some important incentives for authors, for example, authors retain copyright to their work and can post and redistribute it in a variety of ways. Questions can be directed to Ed Lener.