In wake of recent (well, not that recent, really) criticism of publishing for Haworth comes a very welcome announcement. Biomedical Digital Libraries, the open access journal that has brought you such excellent articles as “Three options for citation tracking: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science,” “The ‘impact factor’ revisited,” and “The excitement of Google Scholar, the worry of Google Print,” has dropped out of BioMed Central and started afresh using Open Journal Systems.
What does this mean for you?
- You can now submit to Biomedical Digital Libraries without coughing up a hefty acceptance fee. For those researchers with grants, BioMed Central and PLoS are good choices for publication. Without those grants, many medical librarians just haven’t been able to publish in BDL, no matter their interest. Hopefully, the lack of submission fee will bring the high quality content BDL has been publishing from more quarters.
- Biomedical Digital Libraries used to encourage multimedia submissions. I wasn’t able to locate that information on the new site, but perhaps Marcus might comment on whether this is still true?
- BDL articles will be archived in DLIST or E-LIS.
- BDL uses open peer review for submission acceptance (peer reviewers’ reviews are posted and identified by author) and it appears that it will allow readers to comment on articles–another form of open peer review.