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BioMedCentral faces angry editors

Open access publisher says complaints are part of growing pains

Stuart Blackman
Open access publisher BioMedCentral (BMC) is facing a potential revolt from a number of the editors at its independent journals, who are upset with how the journals are being managed. Several editors of the 93 independent journals published by BMC have told The Scientist that they are considering taking their journals to other publishers."BMC have done a good job at promulgating the open access -- probably more than any other publisher, said Kuan-Teh Jeang, editor-in-chief of Retrovirology, a BMC journal. "The model is right, the principle is outstanding, but the execution is somewhat questionable."BMC, a sister company of The Scientist, was founded in 2000 on the principle of open access. The editors of BMC independent journals, who are not paid for their contributions, have full editorial control over the titles, while the article production process is managed by BMC. The publisher funds the journals by charging...

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