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Score One for Open Access

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."

Over at Open Access News, Peter Suber's already parsing the news, starting with his reasoning that Springer will maintain the open access status of all the BMC journals. He adds that this deal should not be seen "as a sign of BMC's failing health. On the contrary. ... The purchase is a sign of Springer's confidence that BMC will continue its long, steady climb from the red to the black."


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