Society & Partner Zone Issue 6, Open Access

Springer Acquires BioMed Central Group (BMC)

In October 2008 Springer announced the acquisition of BioMed Central Group (BMC), the leading global open access publisher.

Launched in May 2000 as an independent publishing house committed to providing free access to peer-reviewed research in the biological and medical sciences, BMC is the largest open access provider in the world with over 180 peer-reviewed journals. BioMed Central’s flagship journals include Journal of Biology, BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Malaria Journal, BMC Bioinformatics and Genome Biology.

Derk Haank, CEO of Springer said: “This acquisition reinforces the fact that we see open access publishing as a sustainable part of STM publishing, and not an ideological crusade. We have gained considerable positive experience since starting Springer Open Choice in 2004, and BioMed Central’s activities are complementary to what we are doing. Additionally, this acquisition strengthens Springer’s position in the life sciences and biomedicine, and will allow us to offer societies a greater range of publishing options.”

Matthew Cockerill, Publisher of BioMed Central said: “We are very excited about this new phase of BioMed Central's growth and development. Springer has been notable among the major STM publishers for its willingness to experiment with open access publishing. BioMed Central has demonstrated that the open access business model can work, and we look forward to continued rapid growth as part of Springer. The support of our authors, journal editors and institutional customers has been vital to BioMed Central's success and we will continue to focus on offering the best possible service to these groups."