BioMed Central Open Access Charter
Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in any journal published by BioMed Central is 'open access', meaning that:
- The article is universally and freely accessible via the Internet, in an easily readable format and deposited immediately upon publication, without embargo, in an agreed format - current preference is XML with a declared DTD - in at least one widely and internationally recognized open access repository (such as PubMed Central).
- The author(s) or copyright owner(s) irrevocably grant(s) to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the research article in its entirety or in part, in any format or medium, provided that no substantive errors are introduced in the process, proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given, and that the bibliographic details are not changed. If the article is reproduced or disseminated in part, this must be clearly and unequivocally indicated.
BioMed Central is committed permanently to maintaining this open access publishing policy, retrospectively and prospectively, in all eventualities, including any future changes in ownership.
BioMed Central has established an independent Board of Trustees. If and when a change of ownership should be considered, the Board of Trustees will be asked to judge and advise whether sufficient guarantees to continue a policy of unconditional open access for research articles are being offered and agreed by any prospective new owner. BioMed Central will not enter into a change of ownership agreement unless the Board of Trustees accepts these guarantees.
Any change in the composition of the Board of Trustees will be subject to approval by a majority of the existing members of the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees consists of the following members:
Brian Haynes, McMaster University, Canada
Steven Hyman, Harvard University, USA
Marc Kirschner, Harvard Medical School, USA
Philippe Kourilsky, Institut Pasteur, France
David Nathan, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
Sir Paul Nurse, Cancer Research, UK
Sir Richard Peto, University of Oxford, UK
Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Mitsuhiro Yanagida, Kyoto University, Japan
Open access articles in BioMed Central's journals are identified by this logo: