The consortium, of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio, was motivated to invest in BioMed Central membership because of current budget constraints on both their member libraries and the OhioLINK central budget. The combination of financial constraints and the continued rising costs of journal subscriptions stimulated the need to seek out alternative publishing models.
Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, explains the commitment by OhioLINK to fund open access publishing for all 84 member institutions:
"We need economically sustainable access to quality research. We want to give our faculty the opportunity to publish through the most cost effective means possible, while simultaneously maximizing access to their research."
In addition, OhioLINK will host BioMed Central journal content in its Electronic Journal Center (EJC). The EJC, launched in 1998, is "one of the largest collections of electronic journals run by a library consortium," says Sanville. The EJC will allow users to quickly access the BioMed Central open access research from this local resource and BioMed Central research will gain increased visibility by being included - more than 3.7 million articles are downloaded each year by OhioLINK users.
The OhioLINK membership is the single-largest consortia deal BioMed Central has secured in the U.S. to date. Natasha Robshaw, Head of Marketing at BioMed Central, commented:
"The OhioLINK membership is a huge boost to BioMed Central, and to the drive to provide open access to all biomedical research. We hope that this move by such an influential consortium will encourage other library groups to come on board and promote open access."
About BioMed Central:
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BioMed Central's business model is based on charging authors to publish, and then making the content free to readers. Under the agreement, article-processing charges are waived - for all member institution staff - for publication in any of BioMed Central's 100 peer-reviewed journals. Upon acceptance, the article becomes available online without charge to readers worldwide. Hundreds of researchers from U.S. institutions have already published in BioMed Central journals.
BioMed Central's Institutional Membership Program was launched in January 2002 and now has well over 400 members, including some of the world's most prestigious academic institutions. Harvard, NHS England, the World Health Organization, all UK universities and over 230 U.S. institutions are all BioMed Central Institutional Members.
The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of academic libraries that serves more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff at 84 institutions. OhioLINK's membership includes 17 public universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 43 private colleges and the State Library of Ohio.
OhioLINK's goal is to provide easy access to information and rapid delivery of library materials throughout the state. OhioLINK offers integrated local and central catalogs, an online borrowing system, 100+ research databases including full-text resources, a multi-publisher e-journal collection of more than 4.3 million articles, a digital media collection, and document delivery services. For more information about OhioLINK, visit www.ohiolink.edu.