A round up of recent events
24th to 30th October was Open Access Week, a global event to increase awareness of the benefits of open access publishing, and to give the research community the opportunity to discuss and share their views on the topic.
BioMed Central celebrated Open Access Week with a number of activities, including a blog on how to monitor the impact of individual open access research articles. Research and Development Manager, Jess Monaghan, provided an overview of open access strategies across Europe and an infographic illustrated the huge variety of open access research published by our parent company, Springer Nature. Our readers could also test their open access knowledge in a quiz. All content relating to Open Access week at BioMed Central can be found here.
In a video published on 28th October, Barbara Burtness, Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) at Yale Cancer Center and Editor-in-Chief of BioMed Central’s journal Cancers of the Head and Neck, discusses the importance of removing barriers to accessing research and the impact that open access publishing can have for patients, researchers, and other groups that are affected by the latest studies.
“To me, open access in action means that knowledge should be available to everyone,” Professor Burtness says. “When patients participate in new trials or when researchers work hard to develop new knowledge, that shouldn’t be restricted. Patients, researchers, trainees; everyone should be able to read that new information when it comes out.” The full video is available on the BioMed Central YouTube channel and our homepage.
A one-day conference organized by BioMed Central in cooperation with Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust, took place on November 5th at the Wellcome Collection – and it was a great success. Attendees gathered to discuss, debate and predict the future of peer review. Talks on topics including artificial intelligence, retractions, and peer review poetry generated fantastic activity on Twitter. Take a look at our Storify for a selection of that conversation.
The Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers (COASP), a two-day event organized by OASPA, The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, was held from 20th to 22nd September in West Arlington, Virginia. Delegates met to discuss contributions to research, the open access movement and what the research article of the future might look like. Diana Marshall, publisher for the BMC-series journals, attended and recounts her experience in her blog.
BioMed Central in the news
Babies born to women with obesity are older on a molecular level, because of shortened telomere lengths, compared with newborns of mothers with a normal BMI. This may increase the babies' risk of chronic diseases in adulthood and reduce their life expectancy. The study by researchers at Hasselt University, Belgium was published in BMC Medicine and involved 743 mothers and their babies.
The research was covered by New Scientist and Daily Mail in UK; The Conversation and The Australian in Australia; aerzteblatt.de in Germany; Live Science in US; chennaionline.com and Business Standard in India; Helsingin Sanomat in Finland; bioon.com, medsci.cn and biodiscover.com in China; The Guardian Nigeria; and De Kennis van Nu and Scientias in the Netherlands.
Top-level professional football referees have enhanced visual perception, which means that they are better at spotting foul play and issuing the correct disciplinary action than lower league-level referees.
The research published in Cognitive Research showed that elite referees focus on the most crucial information when watching fouls being committed by spending more time fixating on the body part involved in the foul, rather than on other areas.
This was a popular study, broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 Todayand BBC Radio 5Live in the UK. In the US it was broadcast by AAAS Science Update and Voice of America, both of which syndicated their content to local news radio across the United States. It was also reported online by the following outlets: Guardian, Mail Online, Express, Wired, IFL Science, and Optometry Today in the UK; independent.ie in Ireland; forskning.no in Norway; Eurasia Review in Spain and Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany.
Much of the social inequality in heart disease risk among UK women is due to smoking, obesity and physical inactivity
Women with lower levels of education and living in more deprived areas of the UK are at greater risk of coronary heart disease, and this is largely due to smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.
The research was published in BMC Medicine and was covered in Scienmag and Oxford Mail in UK; MyScience.org in Switzerland; and Medindia.net in India.
In our most popular blog across the BMC Blog Network in October, Nawsheen Boodhun, editor of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, introduces the Ending Preventable Stillbirths article collection launched by the journal in October, to coincide with the month of Baby Loss Awareness week (9th-15th October) and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (15th October).
The articles for this collection can be accessed via the collection homepage. They look at a variety of matters linked to stillbirth in low, middle and high-income countries, the collection is due to expand with a further set of papers publishing soon.
The Journal of Global Positioning Systems (JGPS), a peer-reviewed international journal and official publication of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Global Positioning Systems (CPGPS), has now fully launched with SpringerOpen.
The journal publishes original research papers, review articles, and invited contributions, also including selected papers presented at non-referred conferences and symposiums. Articles present discussions of technologies and applications of positioning systems, including indoor positioning, and inertial navigation systems, as well as advances of other related areas, such as wireless communications, intelligent vehicle systems, sensor networks, spatial information and geosciences.
Recently published supplements
published articles from Building community-level resilience for the care of women with pre-eclampsia
published research and reviews from the 9th Congress of the Asian-Pacific Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (APSTH) 2016
BMC Cancer, BMC Structural Biology, BMC Medical Genetics and BMC Genomics
published proceedings of the 13th Annual MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS) conference
Biology of Sex Difference
BioMed Central on the road
Fukuoka, Japan, 27/11/2016
San Antonio, USA, 06/12/2016
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