BMJ Open aiding data discovery

  We have now published two articles with supplementary data accompanying the article deposited with the Dryad repository: Heneghan et al. on medical device recalls with data here, and Dmello et al. on cystic fibrosis with data here. Authors can share supplementary data or underlying datasets through Dryad. BMJ Open is the first medical journal […]

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UK universities minister helps UK research councils affirm OA commitments

  The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) – which includes the Medical Research Council – recently put out a joint statement reinforcing their open access commitments (here). This announcement came in a speech by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, showing the extent to which the principles of open access are […]

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Data available for BMJ Open article on medical device recalls

Great news! The full data set for the recently published article, ‘Medical-device recalls in the UK and the device-regulation process: retrospective review of safety notices and alerts’ has been deposited by the authors with DryadUK. The data files can be accessed online here: dx.doi.org./10.5061/dryad.585t4 Data set should be cited as: doi:10.5061/dryad.585t4 […]

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Open roads and closed sessions

  A recent report on the next steps for increasing open access to UK research concluded that Green OA infrastructure (i.e. repositories) should be encouraged while an economically sustainable transition to Gold OA is worked through.  ‘Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications’ by CEPA and Mark Ware Consulting, […]

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Locked-in syndrome article coverage

A month after launch, some of our first papers are still being picked up in the media (see today’s Irish Medical Times for coverage of our paper on delays in recording diagnoses of ovarian cancer). The paper by Bruno et al. on self-assessed well-being of locked-in syndrome patients received considerable coverage, including this interview on BBC […]

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BMJ Open and UK PMC

Confirmation that BMJ Open satisfies the open access criteria for the Wellcome Trust and other UK PMC funders (including Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, NIHR and MRC) can be found here, at the UK PMC blog.  BMJ Open will automatically deposit published articles with PMC on authors’ behalf without embargo. […]

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