|An important ORCID milestone reached|
|ORCID identifiers give researchers a unique digital code that distinguishes them from every other researcher and links their publication record, reducing confusion and ensuring that academics get proper recognition for their work.|
Our parent company Springer Nature has reached an important new milestone this month, with over 200,000 ORCID identifiers used for journal article submissions.
If you haven’t got one, why not sign up today? It only takes 30 seconds.
|A round up of our blogs|
|The end of the year saw some fascinating blogs posted on our network including the effect of lifetime stressors on DNA methylation-based age predictors.|
Also, think you’ve kept up to date with research in biology this past year? We created a fun, but challenging, quiz to see how much biology you know. Why not put yourself to the test?
Female genital mutilation is a global issue and former GPRachel Cunningham-Burley focused on the attitudes and knowledge of health professionals - do they need to know more?
|Open Access Landscape Update|
|This month news outlets have reported that the Netherlands is using its Presidency of the EU to push for promotion of open access business models across Europe. The Dutch government took over the Presidency of the European Union council of ministers this month, and has said that open access will be one of its top priorities.|
Zimbabwe has also introduced an open access initiative which links government, universities and other research institutions in preparation of a future open access mandate.
As more countries place greater emphasis on open access publishing, we have identified87 Article Processing Charge (APC) funds provided by funding bodies, and 125 institutional APC funds that are funded in whole or in part by the institution, with a further 86 institutional APC funds that solely distribute OA block funds from research funders.
If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for funding to help with the cost of APCs, check whether your institution is part of our membership scheme. We have 567 organizations and institutions who have signed up as members to cover all or part of their researchers’ APCs.
We also provide automatic waivers for authors from low income, or lower-middle income economies, but anyone can apply to us for a waiver if they do not have funding, regardless of where in the world they are based.
|BioMed Central in the News|
|An international group of researchers have sequenced the genome from a male Namibian cheetah, called ‘Chewbaaka’, and six other wild cheetahs from Tanzania and Namibia. The research, published in Genome Biology, found that cheetahs migrated from North America to Africa 100,000 years ago. The insight into the species’ evolutionary history and the breadth of genome impoverishment showed that the migration was costly for the species, triggering the first major reduction in the cheetahs’ gene pool.|
The press release was covered by the global media, reported in The Guardian in UK; Le Monde in France; Fox News and Nature World News in US; New Zealand Herald in New Zealand; IFL Science in Canada; The Economic Times in India; and eleftheria.gr in Greece.
|Moving out of academia? Rethink and reshape your skills|
|From communication to leadership and project management, scientists often do not realize that they have amassed valuable transferrable skills as their careers progress. Guest blogger Victoria Schulman explains how to assess your skillsets as part of hercareer exploration series.|
|Top open access blogs of 2015 from the London School of Economics|
|The LSE Impact of Social Science blog is a great read, whether or not you consider yourself a social scientist. We highly recommend their round up of posts on open access from last year, covering diverse topics including the success of Academia.edu and what it might mean for open access, predatory publishing, and what effect Wikipedia has on open access publications.|
|BMC Proceedings published an meeting report from the Global Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Clinical Trials Landscape Meeting|
Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome published meeting abstracts from the 20th Brazilian Diabetes Society Congress
Journal of Eating Disorders published meeting abstracts from the 2015 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference: Riding the Waves to Recovery
Trials published meeting abstracts from the 5th Meeting of the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET) Initiative
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making published selected articles from the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2014): Medical Informatics and Decision Making
SpringerPlus published meeting abstracts from the Practical Social and Industrial Research (PSIR) Symposium 2015
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders published meeting abstracts from the Musculoskeletal Health in the 21st Century Workshop
Health Research Policy and Systems published a collection of articles from the Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund (MNH RAF) project in Pakistan
BMC Bioinformatics published selected articles from the Fourth IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and medical Sciences (ICCABS 2014)
BMC Systems Biology published articles from the Joint 26th Genome Informatics Workshop and 14th International Conference on Bioinformatics
BioMed Central is an open access publisher of science, technology and medicine. We have over 290 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals. Find out which are relevant to you and your research here.