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Publishing company Springer has acquired BioMed Central, the largest open access publisher with more than 180 peer-reviewed journals. Springer's Derk Haank said in a statement, "This acquisition reinforces the fact that we see open access publishing as a sustainable part of STM publishing, and not an ideological crusade."

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