May 4, 2006
Editors Voice Concern About BMC Publishing Practices
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, is reportedly set to face a revolt from the editors of several of its 93 independent journals who have expressed discontent over the way the journals are being managed. According to media reports, the editors are contemplating shifting their journals to other publishers. The editors of BMC independent journals have full editorial control over the titles but the article production process is managed by BMC. The editors have voiced their dissatisfaction on BMC's execution of the open access model. Among other issues, editors are protesting recent increases in the article processing charge (APC), and reductions in the number of waivers that editors are permitted to offer to contributors who cannot afford the APC. Several editors have also complained that BMC is signing up new journals that compete with existing ones, leading to market cannibalism. BMC's publisher, Matthew Cockerill, has said that the company is working on the problems and insisted that the complaints are normal for any new company. Knowledgespeak Newsletter 5/3/06 See also the original report in The Scientist (registration may be required).
Posted by Katie Newman at 11:37 AM
May 1, 2006
New Electronic "Biotech" Resources
We recently obtained electronic rights to the following titles.
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics
Dictionary of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Current Protocols in Microbiology
(This new Current Protocol brings to 14 the total number of CP titles. Click on this link for a list of all the Current Protocols.)
These and other biological reference resources may be found via the
UIUC Library Online Research Resources directory,
Other notable reference titles in the ORR include:
Posted by Katie Newman at 12:16 PM