April 25, 2008
Local Assistance for NIH Grantees
The University of Illinois Library stands ready to assist local NIH grantees meet the requirements of the recently inaugurated NIH Public Access Policy.
We've created the NIH Public Access Mandate website that offers step-by-step help through the process and will help you decide if you have the RIGHT to deposit your manuscripts into the PubMed Central system.
Here you will find:
- General Information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Policy.
- Resources to help you figure out if you have the RIGHT to deposit your work in PubMed Central
- Basic, step by step instructions for depositing your work.
- How you can have the Library do the submission for you.
- Useful Links & Local Contacts who can help you
Please let us know if we can be of assistance!
Biotechnology Librarian and Scholarly Communication Officer
Posted by Katie Newman at 1:31 PM
April 8, 2008
The University of Illinois is Now a Member of BioMed Central
News that many of you have been eagerly awaiting!
The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana is now a Supporting Member of the open access publisher, BioMed Central.
What this means is that when you submit a journal article for publication in one of nearly 200 BMC titles, you will receive a 15% discount off the article processing charge!
Here's a list of the BMC titles:
This discount also applies to articles submitted to Chemistry Central
http://www.chemistrycentral.com/ and to PhysMath Central http://www.physmathcentral.com/.
Here's a list of the article processing charges for the various BMC journals (before discount):
For most of the journals, the fee is $1690, but may be as high as $2685 or as low as $500. A few are even free.
Many of the BMC journals have already earned quite respectable Impact Factors. See:
e.g., Genome Biology (7.17); BMC Bioinformatics (3.62); BMC Biology (4.43); BMC Evolutionary Biology (4.46)
Why should you consider publishing in a BMC journal?
First of all, know that all research submitted will receive rigorous and rapid peer review. If the article is accepted:
- It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection - open access means no subscriptions or 'pay-per-view' charges for original research articles.
- It is more likely to be cited, as it will be freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
- It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication
- You retain the copyright of your work
- You will be able to view your article's access statistics, which average over 200 downloads per month per article
- Your articles will be securely and permanently archived in PubMed Central
Papers published by our colleagues:
The University of Illinois' "homepage" lists papers that were published in BMC jouranls by U of I authors in the last year -- at this point 30 research articles, software, protocols, etc:
For your interest, here's the U of I-Chicago's home page:
Submitting a paper:
If you are on campus within our recognized IP range when submitting a manuscript you will be identified as belonging to a member institution and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating that you are a affiliated with the U of I. Papers may be submitted either via a journal home page or via http://www.biomedcentral.com/manuscript/.
Posted by Katie Newman at 3:56 PM