The Scientist reports on Yale's recent decision to drop its membership to BioMedCentral (BMC), an open access publisher. As noted in the article, UC Berkeley has no plans to discontinue its institutional membership.
In 2006, the California Digital Library (CDL) negotiated a "supporters membership" for the UC system, where the libraries pay a flat rate so that authors can take advantage of a 15% discount on article processing charges when publishing in the BMC open access journals. BMC journals include:
» BMC bioinformatics
» BMC evolutionary biology
» BMC genomics
» BMC molecular biology
» BMC public health
» …and many more.
In the last 12 months, Berkeley researchers have published 50 articles in BMC journals. The member discount also applies to Berkeley authors who publish in Chemistry Central and PhysMath Central open access journals. The libraries are happy to continue supporting our researchers' use of these open access resources.