"We have a home for all sound science. We not only have our foundation memberships, but are raising awareness by showcasing emerging nations researchers on our editorial boards." Bev Acreman, Vice President, Marketing and Open Access Business Development, BioMed Central & Springer.

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The challenge

Researchers in developing countries should not be held back by the lack of research information or publication outlets available to them. The free exchange of scientific and medical information can play an important role in international development. We believe there should be no barriers to publishing research. Read on to find out more about the work we are doing.  

BioMed Central's solution

BioMed Central publishes research from developing countries in our broad range of inclusive journals.

We provide free, immediate online access to the full text of all research articles published within a large portfolio of peer-reviewed journals. 

So, our answer is - regardless of funding we make all research free to read to increase visibility of that research, build networks and educate about open access.

We want to work with you

We provide waivers and support tools such as our author academy and edanz, partnering with a language editing service and running events to build knowledge and networks.

Using these tools to increase the quality of submissions leads to advocacy and collaboration whether with us or partners, clients and local networks. 

We will then communicate the research and increase its profile through a variety of channels, including press releases, blogs, multimedia or social media.

What is open access?

Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence, therefore removing any barriers to access.

  • Research that is freely available online
  • Free to read, copy, distribute, and use (with attribution) any way you wish
  • Author retains copyright not the publisher
  • Complies with self-archiving mandates

Researchers in low-income countries face challenges with the inability to afford costly subscriptions to journals.

“Owing to limitations in funding, access to both new and old publications were literally out of reach for a majority of researchers, lecturers and students in African institutions until the introduction of the open access concept. Open access journals (…) have resulted in massive benefits with regards to acquisition of knowledge, collaboration, quality and quantity of research in Africa, and elsewhere. I can only hope that all publishers will go open access soon.”

Dr Francis Ndungu, a Senior Research Scientist at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya.

What are the benefits of open access?

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Access to research

Lack of access to costly subscription-based journals can be a major impediment to the work of scientists, medical researchers and health professionals in low income countries. Open access publishing gives researchers all over the world immediate free access to peer-reviewed scientific research.

Sharing of findings

“There is more transparency in research and there is increased visibility of research outputs. The increased visibility had led to enhanced research collaborations and more researchers are active in ensuring that research informs decision making.”

Agatha N. Kabugu, Deputy Director, and Milkah Gikunju, Repository Administrator of the University of Nairobi Library

Open access publishing ensures the rapid and efficient communication of research findings and, with high visibility of articles, can lead to high levels of access and citation. To further support researchers in low-income countries BioMed Central operates a waiver policy. Automatic waivers of article-processing charges for researchers in qualifying countries ensure that authors do not face a financial barrier to publishing their research in a BioMed Central journal.

Building visibility for research institutions

Universities and research institutions benefit from the increased visibility and impact of the work carried out by their researchers. To encourage the support of open access research among universities and research institutions in eligible low-income countries BioMed Central has launched free Foundation Membership.

For more information about BioMed Central and its open access journals see BioMed Central's main website