Gut Pathogens celebrates its 10th anniversary
Gut Pathogens was founded in 2009 as a journal focusing on enteric infections and aimed at an audience in the Global South and middle income countries. The focus of the first articles remained directed at virulence, epidemiology and genomics of classical pathogens. However, soon after the developments in the field of probiotics turned the journal into a preferred venue for research on this topic. Furthermore, parallel developments in genomics of bacteria resulted in an increase of short articles documenting bacterial genomics, and this led us to create a new short article type called Genome Announcements. Soon after, the s...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - June 26, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Niyaz Ahmed Tags: Biology Developing World Health Medicine bacterial genomics enteric infections gastroenterology gut gut pathogens gut-brain axis microbiome Source Type: blogs

Mycology research on the front line of environmental and health challenges
Mycology crucially contributes to our understanding of the threat fungi present for humans, plants and animals, as well as their role in ecology and environment diversity. David Hawksworth, Editor-in-Chief, and Wieland Meyer, President of the International Mycological Association, tell us more about the journal IMA Fungus, now publishing with BMC. What makes this journal unique? David: It is the official journal of the International Mycological Association providing, in addition to original research papers regarded as of wide interest to mycologists, reports and news or concerning activities of the IMA and member organiza...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - June 7, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Roberto Garbero Tags: Biology Health Open Access Publishing biotechnology ecology fungi IMA Fungus mycology Source Type: blogs

Enriching the neuroscience data commons: An interview with the Editors-in-Chief of NeuroCommons
NeuroCommons is a new Open Access journal published with BMC that welcomes submissions from across the full breadth of the neurosciences. Today the journal is launching a call for papers to invite submissions that demonstrate why data sharing matters and show how data reuse is leading to new scientific insights. Read more about the new series and how to submit here. What is the intent of the Commons and how does NeuroCommons fit in? The concept of the Commons relates to a set of resources shared by a community or the public. In our field, anytime someone makes their data, analyses code, protocols, workflows or related reso...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - May 29, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Thomas Appleyard Tags: Biology Open Access Publishing Technology data Data sharing NeuroCommons Q&A Source Type: blogs

The greatest scientists are artists too
Albrecht Dürer, considered the greatest German artist of the Northern Renaissance, produced masterpieces that had an enduring influence on natural sciences for centuries. Among the others, a woodcut of a rhinoceros that remained the animal’s ‘official’ scientific image until the 1700s; the first known pictorial representation of a syphilitic man; an astonishing terrestrial map of the eastern hemisphere in perspective; and woodcuts of the northern and southern skies shown as polar projections. His influence as a visual artist on science is profound because he “helped visualize changing conceptio...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - May 23, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Roberto Garbero Tags: Biology Health Publishing art citizen science history of science mental health Source Type: blogs

Power to the people …
The event was put on by colleagues from INVOLVE, Centre for Public Engagement, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London and University College London Centre for Co-production in Health Research. We were supported by Academic Health Sciences Network for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and National Institute for Health Research Design Service London. We are grateful to our speakers, attendees and followers on Twitter for making the day a successful one. The sharing of power is the key principle in co-producing research and this is reflected in guidance co-produced by INVOLVE and colleagues from National Instit...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - May 1, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Gary Hickey Tags: Medicine Publishing Co-production in research Research Involvement and Engagement Source Type: blogs

The gender balancing act
International Women’s Day is connected to over a century of feminist protest, action, and activism. From women’s right to vote to anti-war, and anti-Imperialist action, women have mobilized in different contexts with calls for inclusion and representation. Let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres In 1975, March 8th was designated as International Women’s Day by the United Nati...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - March 8, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Jamie Lundine, Dr. Karen Lawford & Yvonne James Tags: Uncategorized International Women's Day Source Type: blogs

Academic Book Week: Tips for academic book authors
Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association, returning for a fourth year from 4-9 March 2019. This week, The Source will be recognising the important role of academic books, including how they engage critical audiences such as the media and policy-makers, as well as reflecting on their evolution and what the future might hold for this research format. This blog focuses on open access book publishing. Springer Nature publishes open access books and chapters under its SpringerOpen, Palgrave Macmilla...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - March 6, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Christina Emery Tags: Open Access Publishing Academic Book Week Books open access books Source Type: blogs

Dear authors – BMC Medicine responds to authors ’ wish list
In January 2019, to mark the new year, Dr. Madhu Pai conducted an informal survey on Twitter to ask researchers to put together an author wish list, addressed to medical journal editors. Being the flagship medical journal of the BMC Series, and having worked with Madhu previously, BMC Medicine felt that a thoughtful response was warranted. His author wish list had many salient points, for which we felt our responses could help to de-mystify the peer review process. Below the wishes (in bold) are the responses from the editorial team at BMC Medicine. Flickr/AJ Cann, CC BY-SA 1) Please don’t make the online submis...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - March 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Dustin Graham Tags: Open Access Publishing BMC Medicine Source Type: blogs

Introducing Advances in Aerodynamics
The blog post has been cross-posted from the SpringerOpen blog. Aerodynamics is the study of motion of air, particularly about the interaction between air and solid body, such as flow around an aircraft. Its study is closely related to the theoretical advances in fluid dynamics and gas dynamics. Traditional aerodynamics is about the study of flow field around objects of various shapes, evaluates the lift and drag, and models the wave interactions around a complex geometry for the external and internal flows. In recent decades, the research in aerodynamics has progressed into a new era. Interdisciplinary subj...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - February 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Prof. Kun Xu Tags: Open Access Publishing Technology Advances in Aerodynamics SpringerOpen Source Type: blogs

Research Integrity and Peer Review looks ahead to the World Conference on Research Integrity
On June 2-5, 2019, the research community will have an exciting opportunity to gather in Hong Kong at a global forum and address the challenges of promoting research integrity and the responsible conduct of research. The 6th edition of the World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI) will be back in Asia for the first time since its 2010 meeting produced the groundbreaking Singapore Statement on Research Integrity ). This time, the focus will be “New Challenges for Research Integrity”. What is the WCRI? The World Conferences on Research Integrity are run by an independent foundation drawn from academia, funder...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - February 18, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Susan V. Zimmerman Tags: Publishing Research Integrity and Peer Review Source Type: blogs

Critical Ultrasound Journal becomes The Ultrasound Journal
We are excited to announce a name change for the official journal of WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused on Critical UltraSound), a world-leader in advancing the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound to improve the health of all patients across the globe.  The name will be changed from the Critical Ultrasound Journal to The Ultrasound Journal to reflect the expanding scope of ultrasound in medicine and the inclusive nature of WINFOCUS and the journal. While ultrasound is a “critical” component of health care decisions and practice, having “critical” in the name of the journal has led to some ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - January 25, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Richard A. Hoppmann Tags: Open Access Publishing SpringerOpen The Ultrasound Journal Source Type: blogs

Diversity beyond gender   – a new year pledge
You can read the original post Digital Science’s Medium blog. Happy New Year! As we regret our former cheese-based life choices and get back into the swing of things, January is also a time to look forward and make resolutions. 2019 could be a year of great change and uncertainty. One topic never far from our minds is diversity and inclusion, specifically ensuring that ALL people are represented and heard. During this time of change, one way that we can achieve greater representation within research is to each commit to doing one small thing to change the current culture. On Saturday 3rd November 2018 we held a ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - January 23, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Suze Kundu Tags: Uncategorized Diversity SpotOn SpotOn18 Source Type: blogs

Diversity beyond gender  — a new year pledge
You can read the original post Digital Science’s Medium blog. Happy New Year! As we regret our former cheese-based life choices and get back into the swing of things, January is also a time to look forward and make resolutions. 2019 could be a year of great change and uncertainty. One topic never far from our minds is diversity and inclusion, specifically ensuring that ALL people are represented and heard. During this time of change, one way that we can achieve greater representation within research is to each commit to doing one small thing to change the current culture. On Saturday 3rd November 2018 we held a ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - January 23, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Suze Kundu Tags: Uncategorized Diversity SpotOn SpotOn18 Source Type: blogs

Introducing BMC Materials
In recent years, science and technology have revolutionized our way of life, improving well-being and comfort for all mankind. The discovery of new materials with unique features at the macro- and nano-scales has played a significant part in this advancement. The possibility of producing materials able to perform different functions and respond to external stimuli will undoubtedly be an extremely important research area for the foreseeable future. These new materials will play a crucial role, for example in additive manufacturing, since they will be designed and structured to perform specific operations and adapt autonomou...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - January 22, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Harriet Manning Tags: Open Access Publishing Technology BMC Materials Source Type: blogs

BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition 2018: winning images
The objective of this collage is therefore to recognize diversity, as an essential aspect of our existence. “Look into my eyes”Lidianne Salvatierra, Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Brazil Frontal face of a jumping spider (Salticidae). Jumping spiders have well developed eyes and can actually form images. The post BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition 2018: winning images appeared first on Research in progress blog. (Source: BioMed Central Blog)
Source: BioMed Central Blog - December 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Open Access Publishing Research in progress photo competition Source Type: blogs

Chemistry Central Journal evolves to BMC Chemistry
I am pleased to announce that as of January 2019, Chemistry Central Journal, an Open Access (OA) broad scope journal, publishing across all areas of chemistry, will be renamed to BMC Chemistry and will start publishing its first content immediately. We are excited to welcome this journal in the BMC series family and can’t wait to work alongside Editors, authors and readers of this historic journal and the important community that it serves. BMC Chemistry will further strengthen the BMC series footprint in the physical sciences by publishing quality articles and by pushing the boundaries of open chemistry. A brie...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 28, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Samuel Winthrop Tags: Open Access Publishing Uncategorized BMC Chemistry BMC Series Chemistry Central Journal Source Type: blogs

It ’s not just about nutrients – the Journal of Ethnic Foods now open for submissions
This article contained an outline of the subsequent Seoul Declaration, which was the result of a cross-disciplinary effort by almost 100 experts. Of course more research is needed on this subject, but I think this article goes a long way towards promoting greater understanding of a local food tradition like the Korean one. Why open access? All the content published in this journal is ultimately about health, well-being, food safety and eating behaviors. We believe that a wider public of researchers, scholars and consumers should access to this kind of information and the open access model suits perfectly this purpose. Also...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Roberto Garbero Tags: Developing World Health Open Access Publishing Journal of Ethnic Foods Source Type: blogs

It ’s not just about nutrients – the Journal of Ethnic Foods now open for submissions
This article contained an outline of the subsequent Seoul Declaration, which was the result of a cross-disciplinary effort by almost 100 experts. Of course more research is needed on this subject, but I think this article goes a long way towards promoting greater understanding of a local food tradition like the Korean one. Why open access? All the content published in this journal is ultimately about health, well-being, food safety and eating behaviors. We believe that a wider public of researchers, scholars and consumers should access to this kind of information and the open access model suits perfectly this purpose. Also...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Roberto Garbero Tags: Developing World Health Open Access Publishing Journal of Ethnic Foods Source Type: blogs

BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition – one week to go!
Source: Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo We’ve received some fantastic entries so far but it’s not too late if you’re yet to enter your photos. Anyone interested in research and photography can enter from anywhere in the world. Your image should be related to research and can be focused on any area of your work and from any discipline including physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €550 (~£490/$645), while the runner-up will receive €350 (~£310/$410). Inspiration Sarah Boyle’s winning photograph from last year&r...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Uncategorized Research in progress photo competition Source Type: blogs

How people try (but fail) to spot a lie
What a liar looks like Before we start thinking about ways of detecting lies, we need to know a little about how the people around us actually lie. Researchers have given people diaries and asked them to record the lies and truths that they tell over a 24-hour period. What has been found across studies is that people tell the truth far more often than they lie. It makes sense – the general purpose of language is to communicate what is in our head to another person, and a truthful account of what we are thinking does that best. Sometimes we fudge the details or outright lie, but that’s the exception, not the rul...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Chris Street Tags: Uncategorized SpotOn SpotOn18 Source Type: blogs

I Heart Research: We speak to the winner of last year ’s ‘Research in progress’ photo competition
“I Heart Research”Sarah Boyle, Centre for Cancer Biology, Adelaide, South Australia. Tell us about your winning image from last year’s BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition Sarah Boyle, winner of the ‘Research in progress’ photo competition 2017. Breast cancer is the most widely diagnosed cancer in women world-wide, and despite advances in treatment, still remains a major cause of cancer-related death. My winning image, “I Heart Research”, was of a fluorescent mouse mammary tumor, captured during my studies into breast cancer progression. This mouse was genetical...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Uncategorized Research in progress photo competition Source Type: blogs

An interview with Sunil Krishnan, new co-EiC of Cancer Nanotechnology
As you can read about here, we are delighted to welcome Sunil Krishnan of MD Anderson, Houston, Texas, as a new co-Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Nanotechnology. Sunil will join existing Editors-in-Chief Fred Currell, Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, UK, and Steve Curley, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Texas, in helping to make Cancer Nanotechnology a premiere venue for research of its kind. We caught up with Sunil to find out a bit more about him, his research and how he feels about his new role on the journal. Sunil Krishnan; image courtesy of MD Anderson Sunil, congratulations on becoming an E...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology interview Source Type: blogs

An interview with Sunil Krishnan, new co-EiC of Cancer Nanotechnology
As you can read about here, we are delighted to welcome Sunil Krishnan of MD Anderson, Tyler, Texas, as a new co-Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Nanotechnology. Sunil will join existing Editors-in-Chief Fred Currell, Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, UK, and Steve Curley, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Texas, in helping to make Cancer Nanotechnology a premiere venue for research of its kind. We caught up with Sunil to find out a bit more about him, his research and how he feels about his new role on the journal. Sunil Krishnan; image courtesy of MD Anderson Sunil, congratulations on becoming an EiC...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology interview Source Type: blogs

A new EiC and new identity for Cancer Nanotechnology
There have been some exciting developments recently for Cancer Nanotechnology. In August, the journal joined the BMC family of journals, and in doing so, became a part of a brand that has been a true innovator in open access publishing since its founding in the late nineties. Itself a pioneer as a research venue at the intersection of cancer research and nanotechnology, Cancer Nanotechnology is naturally at home with BMC, and those of us working the journal are delighted to be a member of this prestigious family. We look forward to this new chapter in the journal’s life, and we invite you to learn more about our new ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology materials science Source Type: blogs

We challenge you to reuse Additional Files (a.k.a. Supplementary Information)
Almost eight years ago, BMC made a bold move: data in articles and supplementary information would from then on be available with a CCZero license/waiver. SpringerOpen followed with a less stringent policy and later Springer Nature started a collaboration with Figshare to archive data there. Journal of Cheminformatics is one of the journals that make Additional Files available via Figshare. In the past year, this additional content has been viewed more than ten thousand times and resulted in more than 1700 downloads. These numbers are promising. After all, we value data in our publications and want others to use it. That r...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 1, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Egon Willighagen Tags: Open Access Publishing cheminformatics chemistry journal of cheminformatics Source Type: blogs

Martin Jones talks citizen science ahead of SpotOn 18
One of Robert Hooke’s meticulous sketches of fleasWikimedia Commons Observation is a key part of the scientific process. For many years significant effort was required to capture single scientific images, from meticulously hand-drawn views through a microscope (e.g. Robert Hooke’s sketches of fleas), through to photographic plates used in astronomy. These methods were all rather slow, allowing the scientists ample time to analyze and interpret each individual image. However, with the advent of modern imaging systems that incorporate fast digital cameras and detectors, precision motion control and access to vast...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - October 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Martin Jones Tags: Technology citizen science SpotOn SpotOn18 Source Type: blogs

BMC Mechanical Engineering is now open for submissions!
BMC Mechanical Engineering officially opened for submissions in September 2018 and is the fourth journal in the BMC series family of journals that serves communities beyond biology and medicine. The ethos of BMC Mechanical Engineering is to be open and inclusive, submissions are rigorously peer reviewed to assess scientific validity and published articles become freely available immediately to all readers, irrespective of their affiliation or location. © kadmy / Getty Images / iStock 2018 has been named the “Year of Engineering” by the UK government, an initiative that has seen wide support by hundred...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Alexandros Houssein Tags: Open Access Publishing Technology BMC Mechanical Engineering BMC Series Source Type: blogs

‘Research in progress’ report 2018
Over the past year at BMC, we’ve been working as hard as ever to improve our publishing services, continually innovating to meet the needs of our authors and the wider research community. We’re delighted to be piloting a new initiative to encourage more transparency in the submission and peer review process, something we have long championed at BMC. Our portfolio has grown since our last report, and we’re delighted to be welcoming new journals to the BMC family. As part of our mission to expand beyond biomedicine into the physical and applied sciences, we’ll be launching a series of journals in thes...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - October 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Rachel Burley Tags: Open Access Publishing Open Access Week 2018 Research in progress Source Type: blogs