Research data is at the heart of all scientific research. In recognition of the growing importance of robustly linking publications to their data, our parent company Springer Nature has launched a set of standardized research data policies. All BioMed Central journals have adopted one of the policies – helping lead the way in ensuring data sharing and accessibility. Services to support implementation of the policies, providing guidance to authors and editors have also been developed. We aim to have the most comprehensive and inclusive research data policy of any large publisher.
Amye Kenall, Associate Publisher from BioMed Central co-authored an article in eLifeon how open science can help researchers succeed. The article reviews literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities, and funding opportunities. The findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.
In June we announced the launch of Global Health Research and Policy, an open access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. The new journal aims to improve regional and global health and promote health equity by disseminating high quality research in partnership with the Global Health Institute (GHI) at Wuhan University.
Xinguang Chen, MD, PhD, Executive Editor-in-Chief of the new journal said: “Global Health Research and Policy is a timely addition to the literature, providing a platform for researchers, professors and graduate students to exchange their ideas and research findings, and update their knowledge on global health science and policy, at a time when global health as a branch of science is still in its early stages and is expected to grow rapidly.”
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