Focus on Open Access: BioMed Central (BMC) and Public Library of Science (PLoS)

The USC Health Sciences Libraries support open access publishing through membership in BioMed Central and Public Library of Science. Through these memberships USC authors receive a 15% discount on article processing charges in any BMC open access journal and a 10% discount on PLoS publication charges.

Biomed Central Logo BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. All original research articles published in BioMed Central are made permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. BMC views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings. A list of BMC journals is available at the BioMed Central website.

PLOS logo Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS publishes peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles. All PLoS articles are immediately accessible online, are deposited in the free public archive PubMed Central, and can be redistributed and reused according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. A list of PLoS journals is available at the Public Library of Science website.

For additional information about open access publishing, please contact Maggie Wineburgh-Freed, associate director, collection resources

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