BioMed Central Tuesday, 21 March 2017

BioMed Central Journal titles moving to fully open access from 2015

BMC titles with a subscription content will follow the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio and be entirely open access from January 2015. BMC will no longer require a subscription to access all this additional content. The seven journals are: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy; Arthritis Research & Therapy; Breast Cancer Research; Critical Care; Genome Biology; Genome Medicine; Stem Cell Research & Therapy (11/9/14)

Biology Image Library discontinuing service April 2014

BMC are discontinuing one of our smaller services, Biology Image Library. The services itself was an aggregate of peer-reviewed media, mostly images, focusing on biology and biomedicine. This should be kept online for the next few weeks. (1/4/14)

Biology Image Library

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Institutional Membership - Description (updated 29/9/09) - Description (7/8/06)

Automated Article-Deposit

BioMed Central's Automated Article-Deposit helps institutes populate their repositories remotely with the SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol. (1/11/11)

The SWORD service is free to all Members, including Supporter Members. The automatic article deposits are simply set up with their institutional repository, and at the moment an article from that institution is published, we send the full text, PDF, with metadata directly to the institution’s repository. Any more information than that goes into technical territory, and as there are a number of different softwares etc. that institutions are using, they need to be discussed / described with the institution directly. (26/9/12)

Open Repository

Open Repository, institutional repository service - this is available in two editions, a ‘standard’ and an ‘enhanced’ version (20/9/12)

BioMed Central Open Repository 2013 leaflet (20/9/12)

Content / Products

Subscription Products - Description 2006 (7/8/06) updated for 2007 (3/9/07)

Journal Collection - Journals open access from January 2015 (11/9/14)

Genome Medicine 
Genome Biology

Arthritis Research & Therapy
Critical Care
Breast Cancer Research
Stem Cell Research & Therapy (some content available via subscription only)
Alzheimers Research & Therapy (some content available via subscription only)

Biology Images Library (28/9/10) - discontinuing service April 2014 (2/5/14)


BioMed Central 2010 Supporter Membership Contract (28/9/10)

Biology Images Library 2010 academic licence agreement (29/9/10)

CAUL agreement re BioMed Central membership 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
CAUL agreement re BioMed Central collections 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
BMC Site License (academic)

Technical/Sales Support

Contact: Sannah Maqsood, Account Development Executive, Open Research Group, Springer Nature, Tel: +44 2031 922 723 (9/9/16)

Johanna Kuhn, Institutional Engagement Manager, Springer Nature, Open Research Group, Tel: +90 216 418 8096 (16/8/16)

WCAG compliance:
I can ensure you that BioMed Central is following the best practises and guidelines from the WCAG2 accessibility guidelines. Unfortunately we don't have anything formal just yet in place, due to the merger and the building of the new website. (24/9/15)

Request a quote or place an order for BioMed Central online products for institutions (13/11/07)

Technical Contacts
Technical Feedback (13/11/06)

Trial access form

User Guide for New Online Membership Reporting System (1/6/09) BioMed Central has announced the introduction of the Online Reporting System for its open access Prepay and Postpay Membership accounts. The new system provides members with greater account control, allowing for management of published and 'in progress' articles and detailed, customisable statements, which should assist with publication budgeting and reduce the administrative costs associated with managing open access publications.


CEIRC links to publishers' statistics (13/8/10)

CAUL Pricing / Offers to CAUL/CEIRC

BioMed Central CAUL Supporter Membership webpage (21/3/17)

BioMed Central 2013 Tiers (Note that they are now based on all FTE, rather than just medical & biological sciences, with membership broadened to include SpringerOpen, 8/10/13, updated 19/11/13)

Members only documents may be viewed from the display at the end of this page.

BioMed Central Open Access (Supporter) Membership 2017 pricing for CAUL (9/9/16) [Members only]

BioMed Central Open Access (Supporter) Membership 2016 pricing for CAUL (25/9/15) [Members only]

BioMed Central Open Access (Supporter) Membership 2015 pricing for CAUL (24/11/14) [Members only]

BioMed Central Open Access (Supporter) Membership 2014 pricing for CAUL (30/8/13) [Members only]

BioMed Central Journals 2014 pricing for CAUL (29/8/13) [Members only]

BioMed Central Open Repository 2014 pricing for CAUL (23/8/13) [Members only]

BioMed Central Open Repository 2013 pricing for CAUL (20/9/12) [Members only]

BioMed Central 2013 pricing for CAUL (20/9/12) [Members only]

BioMed Central 2012 pricing for CAUL (31/10/11) [Members only]

BioMed Central 2011 pricing for CAUL (28/9/10) [Members only]

BioMed Central 2010 Academic Pricing Structure for CAUL (29/9/09) [Members only
NB. " of 2008 we offer a 10% discount on this Membership. .... All our discounts are discretionary so no announcement was made in this regard." (16/10/08)

BioMed Central 2009 Academic Pricing Structure for CAUL (25/9/08) [Members only]
BioMed Central 2008 Academic Pricing Structure for CAUL (29/8/07) [Members only]
BioMed Central 2007 Academic Pricing Structure for CAUL (3/8/06) [Members only]
BioMed Central 2006 Current pre-pay memberships (3/8/06) [Members only]
Price quote for BMC collections for 2006 (subscription products) (9/9/05)
BioMed Central CAUL Membership Pricing 2006 (21/9/05)
BioMed Central 2005 Price quote received 27/7/04 (amended 18/8/04, pricing now in GBP)

BioMed Central Membership renewal pricing for 2005 (16/9/04)

BioMed Central 2004 Offer to CAUL Price quote received 28/2/04, valid to 31/12/04.
BioMed Central  2003 Offer to CAUL Price quote received 19/9/03, updated 25/9/03.
2003 offer from BMC (received 29/4/03), including pricing
BioMed Central 2002 Pricing
Responses of CAUL members to survey on BMC 25/3/03. [Members only]


Membership gives institutions:

1) The right for researchers to automatically qualify for a waiver on article-processing charges. This applies to any of the journals that currently have article-processing charges and which would otherwise charge US$500 per published article.

2) The right to a 15% discount on institutional subscriptions to any of the paid-for products BioMed Central publishes (see for a list of these).

3) The right to list all the relevant research papers generated at the institution on a specially created member's page on the BioMed Central web site, customized with the institution's name and logo. The publications listed will be included in any searches performed on the BioMed Central web site and will be linked to the full text of the articles.


Fees for Academic Institutional Membership in 2002 are based on the total number of graduate, postgraduate students and faculty members in the relevant departments, i.e. biology and medicine.  The fees start at $1500 for up to 500 such researchers, rising to $3000 for up to 1500 researchers, and so on upwards.  Full details are available at

In addition to this, BioMed Central has a number of other well established and successful STM journals and review databases. I particularly wanted to draw your interest to Faculty of 1000 ( which is an online research service that comprehensively highlights and evaluates the most interesting papers published in all the biological sciences, based on a faculty of well over 1400 selected leading researchers. Launched just over a year ago Faculty of 1000 is a highly popular online research tool which a number of the world's leading life science faculty libraries are now subscribing to.