BioMed Central Publication Charges
BioMed Central is an independent publisher of peer reviewed open access biomedical journals. The full text of the research articles in these open access journals is available to all – no subscription needed. For this publication model to be fiscally sustainable, authors must pay an article processing charge when their articles are accepted for publication. And today, some authors are able to pay these fees through the direct use of their research grants.
For the past couple of years, the IU libraries have jointly supported publication in these journals by underwriting our author’s publication charges. The BioMed Central independent open access model has been relatively successful, and a small number of faculty at IUB, the medical school and Informatics have successfully submitted research articles to the reviewers of BioMed Central journals.
Unfortunately, in recent months, we’ve received notification from BioMed Central of substantial fee increases. In light of this information, the libraries cannot justify further fiscal commitment to this service. Our contractual agreement with BioMed Central to subsidize faculty publication will terminate in May 2007 and will not be renewed.