Columbia University Joins "BioMed Central", Providing Access and Publishing to Biological and Biomedical Peer-reviewed Journals on the Web

New York, August 12, 2002 - Columbia University is now an institutional member of "BioMed Central", a new independent, British publishing company. Other members include The Rockefeller University, Harvard University and 20 other prominent organizations and university libraries. The company, "BMC", publishes 50 virtual journals in the biological and biomedical disciplines on the World Wide Web.

Membership permits Columbia University faculty, researchers, and students to publish BMC's journals without page or color charges. The online publication process is very rapid- articles appear within weeks of submission. All the articles are peer reviewed before they are accepted. The articles are all indexed and archived in the National Library of Medicine's database, PubMed. is the link to Columbia's portal to BioMed Central.

BioMed Central offers a unique model for publishing science articles; the cost of the publishing process is borne by its institutional members, or by individual authors. This revenue provides the financial base for the publishing operation, and permits free access to the journals to all readers. Another advantage of publication with this company is that authors retain copyright to their work. It is hoped that this will drive down libraries' subscription costs and extend the universe of freely accessible biomedical literature.

The Columbia Libraries have purchased a subscription to the "Faculty of 1000" alerting service, a for-fee service of BioMed Central.

BioMed Central describes "F1000" as a "new online research service that will comprehensively and systematically highlight and review the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading researchers". An article's quality is rated with an "F1000" factor, determined by the reviewer(s). Several members of the Columbia University faculty are acting as reviewers for F1000.

To view the BioMed Central gateway, read contributed articles, or sign up for the "F1000" alerting service go to and register to login. Registration is free.

For information contact:

Kathleen Kehoe
Science & Engineering Librarian
(212) 854-4182

written: 08/12/02 KRS