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BioMed Central Launches Journal of Biology. (Internet Publishing Today)

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BioMed Central Launches Journal of Biology. (Internet Publishing Today)

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BioMed Central has announced the launch of Journal of Biology, a new international publication that provides immediate open access to biological research articles. According to the announcement, the journal will only publish research articles of the highest standard, similar to those published by Nature, Science, or Cell. While these journals restrict access to only those who pay for a subscription, all research articles published in Journal of Biology will be permanently available free of charge and without restrictions, thus ensuring the widest possible dissemination of the work.

BioMed Central maintains that free access to exceptional biological research is important because each paper can have an enormous impact on research in a particular field. According to the announcement, a move toward free and unrestricted access to such articles will improve both the pace of research and the ability of society at large to access and benefit from the results. Many scientists, academics, and librarians vocally support a range of initiatives that actively campaign for fairer systems of scholarly communication, such as the Public Library of Science, SPARC, and the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

"The Journal of Biology will provide the best service to authors and readers of the most important papers in the field. …

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