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Answered By: Libby O'Reilly
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016     Views: 245

The BMC journals are open access journals that are funded by author contributors and membership fees paid by supporting  organizations.

The University of Sydney Library has not taken out supporting membership of these journals.

Paying for university membership of BMC presents a dilemma for the Library because the Library normally pays for content e.g. subscriptions to print and e-journals, books, multimedia etc rather than the fees for authors to publish.  Our concern is that it is not a sustainable model for us to pay a membership fee for every publisher that has a business model the same as BMC. Membership would benefit our authors but would certainly reduce any funds we have to purchase electronic and print journals, books and other information resources for learning, teaching and research.

The Library however supports open access publishing in a number of ways.  We have created a web site that provides information on open access  and  advice to authors to ensure access to your research.  This site includes information on self- archiving research in the Sydney eScholarship Repository, choosing to publish in Open Access Journals and retaining your copyright (maintaining control over future use and distribution of your work). Sydney University Press which is a print on demand DEWWR-recognised publisher provides another open access option.