About us

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 294 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central levies an article-processing charge to cover the cost of the publication process. Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited. BioMed Central is owned by Springer Science+Business Media, and also hosts the SpringerOpen platform.

What is open access?

Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence, therefore removing any barriers to access.

  • Research that is freely available online
  • Free to read, copy, distribute, and use (with attribution) any way you wish
  • Author retains copyright not the publisher
  • Complies with self-archiving mandates

Open Access in the developing world

The Open Access in the developing world micro site provides a news platform for all open access developments in lower-income countries.

The site also details BioMed Central's developing world initiatives which look to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from across Africa and the wider developing world such as our waiver fund and Foundation Membership.

For authors

BioMed Central publishes a wide range of journals, visit our author pages to find out more.

For librarians

In addition to publishing outstanding open access journals, BioMed Central offers a range of products and services including a Membership Program that enables institutions to support open access actively. View this library section to learn more about these products along with licensing and pricing information.

BMC Member Insistute   Open Repository

Publishing services

These pages provide essential information to publish an open access, online journal with BioMed Central.

Press center

The press center hosts BioMed Central's latest press releases, details of recent media coverage and press office contacts.

The award-winning PR team at BioMed Central provides a comprehensive media service for journalists which includes providing comments, sourcing images and arranging spokespeople and will be pleased to help.

Additional services

Search, register and share clinical trial information

Builds and maintains repositories for institutions


BioMed Central attends more than 40 events each year to meet researchers and directly promote the benefits of open access publishing.

BioMed Central organizes several key conferences in partnership with its journals, as well as publishing conference proceedings.

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