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Pneumonia journal moves to BioMed Central
Pneumonia has opened for submissions at BioMed Central following an agreement in December to transfer the title from Griffith University ePress, Australia.
Pneumonia is an international, peer reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles, case studies, reviews, commentaries, correspondence and highlights, news and activities on all aspects related to pneumonia. It is the only journal that is focused exclusively on the subject. There are no processing charges for manuscripts published in pneumonia and published articles are freely available online.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Bruce Walker who has been awarded Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day honors. Associate Professor Walker said he was very proud of the award and that it was a tribute to the chiropractic profession at large and in particular to those evidence based chiropractors who have fearlessly pursued science and guided the profession in the right direction. He said the award was the result of a team effort and belongs to all the very motivated and talented teams of people who supported him throughout his career.

BioMed Central in the news
The alcohol harm paradox explained
Research published in BMC Public Health looked at people who drank in excess, defined as 6 pints of beer per week for women and 9 pints for men. The researchers found that despite drinking the same amounts of alcohol, people in deprived communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in wealthier communities.

People who are heavier drinkers and live in low-income communities were nearly 11 times more likely to combine drinking with smoking, excess weight, poor diet and little exercise than people living in non-deprived areas. These combinations not only add to the dangers from alcohol consumption but effectively multiply the risks of ill health.

This was popular with the mainstream and medical press, and was covered in the UK and US by outlets including The TimesDaily MailMedical Daily andSTAT. It was also covered by The Australian and SBSin Australia; and The Statesman and The Times of Indiain India.

Science careers are careers that involve science
February marked the start of a new blog series looking at the wide array of scientific careers out there. Dana Berry aims to provide a source of information for those interested in science, and the career options.

What your gut bacteria can tell you about type 2 diabetes
Bacteria found in faecal matter can predict your risk for diabetes, according to research published in Genome Medicine. Identifying variations in the types and activities of microorganisms that live in the human gut could help early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The researchers looked at identical twins aged 30 to 48 years and showed that changes in the gut microbiota are already present at sub-clinical and pre-onset stages of type 2 diabetes.

This press release gained international coverage in relevant health outlets as well as the mainstream press. It was reported by Medical News Today and Medical XPress in the UK; US News & World Report and STATin US; SBS in Australia; Interbusca and in Spain; as well as by MedSci in China.

All about cancer: World Cancer Day 2016
February 4 marked World Cancer Day and this year the theme was 'We Can. I Can.' encouraging individuals to engage in specific actions to fight the disease. In light of this, BMC Medicine highlighted some of their recent publications looking at the latest advances in cancer research, helping us to move closer to the success of fighting cancer.

Open Access Landscape Update
Report by Professor Adam Tickell advocates open access in the UK
As of March 2016 we have identified 85 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 172 institutions that solely distribute OA block funds from research funders or from a consortium fund.

Professor Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice Principal at the University of Birmingham has released an independent report for the UK government on open access policy at a national level. Tickell promotes a gold open access approach across the UK, as reflected in RCUK funding as well as policies across agencies and institutions. This is the same model which has been used by BioMed Central since 2005.The report gives recommendations for the UUK OA Coordination Group (for which Tickell is Chair) and has received a positive response from the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, and from our parent company, Springer Nature.

Elizabeth Moylan appointed to Committee on Publication Ethics Council
Elizabeth Moylan, Senior Editor (Research Integrity) at BioMed Central has been appointed to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Council. The COPE Council are responsible for the operational activities of COPE and are Constitutional Members of COPE under company law.

Elizabeth originally joined BioMed Central in 2004, as an in-house Editor handling peer review on the BMC series of journals in the early days of the open access movement. In subsequent roles she has been involved in journal development activity across a number of BMCseries titles including overseeing the launch of various journals. In her present role she has oversight of editorial policies and peer review processes and is particularly interested in new models of peer review.

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The BMC Update Team
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