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Jan Velterop (2003)Should scholarly societies embrace open access (or is it the kiss of death)?
Learned Publishing, 16
BioMed Central Open Access Charter
C. Zandonella (2003)Open access law introduced
Genome Biology, 4
T. Edejer (2000)Disseminating health information in developing countries: the role of the internet
BMJ : British Medical Journal, 321
S. Lawrence (2001)Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact
Behavioral and Brain Functions (BBF) is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal considering original research, review, and modeling articles in all aspects of neurobiology or behavior, favoring research that relates to both domains. Behavioral and Brain Functions is published by BioMed Central. The greatest challenge for empirical science is to understand human behavior; how human behavior arises from the myriad functions such as attention, language, memory and emotion; how these functions are reflected in brain structures and functions; and how the brain and behavior are altered in disease. Behavioral and Brain Functions covers the entire area of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience – an area where animal studies traditionally play a prominent role. Behavioral and Brain Functions is published online, allowing unlimited space for figures, extensive datasets to allow readers to study the data for themselves, and moving pictures, which are important qualities assisting communication in modern science. Introduction developments in human and animal behavioral science, Behavioral and Brain Functions (BBF) is an Open Access, neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, peer-reviewed, online journal considering original neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, and philoso- research, review, and modeling articles in all aspects of phy. neurobiology or behavior, favoring research that relates to both domains. BBF is published by BioMed Central. Behavioral and Brain Functions is the first Open Access jour- nal for basic research covering the entire area of behavio- The greatest challenge for empirical science is to under- ral and cognitive neuroscience – an area where animal stand human behavior, how human behavior arises from studies traditionally play a prominent role. Behavioral and the myriad functions such as attention, language, memory Brain Functions is published online, allowing unlimited and emotion, how these functions are reflected in the space for figures, extensive datasets to allow readers to human brain, and how brain functions and behavior are study the data for themselves, and moving pictures, which altered in disease. Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience are important qualities assisting communication in mod- investigates the psychological, computational, and neuro- ern science. scientific bases of normal and abnormal behavior. It is a field that receives a lot of attention through the Brain Open Access Awareness Week in March every year. The "Decade of the Behavioral and Brain Functions' Open Access policy changes Brain" (1990–2000) was also important for promoting the way in which articles are published. First, all articles the field. The interdisciplinary nature of the field covers become freely and universally accessible online, and so an Page 1 of 2 (page number not for citation purposes) Behavioral and Brain Functions 2005, 1:1 http://www.behavioralandbrainfunctions.com/content/1/1/1 author's work can be read by anyone at no cost. Second, immediately upon acceptance and soon after they will be the authors hold copyright for their work and grant any- listed in PubMed and archived in PubMed Central as well one the right to reproduce and disseminate the article, as other national archives. provided that it is correctly cited and no errors are intro- duced . Third, a copy of the full text of each Open Competing interests Access article is permanently archived in an online repos- The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of Behavioral itory separate from the journal. Behavioral and Brain Func- and Brain Functions have no financial incentive to accept tions' articles are archived in PubMed Central , the US manuscripts as they are not paid on the basis of the National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life number of manuscripts accepted. In fact, they do not science literature, and also in repositories at the University receive any financial remuneration for their involvement of Potsdam  in Germany, at INIST  in France and in with the journal. We insist that decisions about a manu- e-Depot , the National Library of the Netherlands' dig- script are based on the quality of the work, not on whether ital archive of all electronic publications. the authors' can pay the article-processing charge. Authors will be asked to declare any competing interests that they Open Access has four broad benefits for science and the have. general public. First, authors are assured that their work is disseminated to the widest possible audience, given that References 1. BioMed Central Open Access Charter [http://www.biomedcen there are no barriers to access their work. This is accentu- tral.com/info/about/charter] ated by the authors being free to reproduce and distribute 2. PubMed Central [http://www.pubmedcentral.org] their work, for example by placing it on their institution's 3. Potsdam [http://www.uni-potsdam.de/over/homegd.htm] 4. INIST [http://www.inist.fr/index_en.php] website. It has been suggested that free online articles are 5. e-Depot [http://www.kb.nl/] more highly cited because of their easier availability . 6. Lawrence S: Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact. Nature 2001, 411:521. Second, the information available to researchers will not 7. Velterop J: Should scholarly societies embrace Open Access be limited by their library's budget, and the widespread (or is it the kiss of death)? Learned Publishing 2003, 16:167-169. availability of articles will enhance literature searching 8. Open Access law introduced [http://www.biomedcentral.com/ news/20030627/04] . Third, the results of publicly funded research will be 9. Tan-Torres Edejer T: Disseminating health information in accessible to all taxpayers and not just those with access to developing countries: the role of the internet. BMJ 2000, a library with a subscription. As such, Open Access could 321:797-800. help to increase public interest in, and support of, research. Public accessibility may become a legal require- ment . Fourth, a country's economy will not influence its scientists' ability to access articles because resource- poor countries (and institutions) will be able to read the same material as wealthier ones (although creating access to the internet is another matter ). Editorial Board The editorial board covers a broad cross-section of brain and behavior research. Several members of the BBF Edito- rial Board are actively involved in promoting research and assisting researchers in poor and developing countries through The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). Publish with Bio Med Central and every Peer review policy scientist can read your work free of charge Publication of research articles in the broad area of behav- "BioMed Central will be the most significant development for ioral and cognitive neuroscience is dependent on: rele- disseminating the results of biomedical researc h in our lifetime." vance to the aims of the journal; scientific validity and Sir Paul Nurse, Cancer Research UK excellence; and coherence with the research area as a Your research papers will be: whole, as judged by two independent reviewers. An Edito- available free of charge to the entire biomedical community rial Board oversees the peer review of manuscripts submit- peer reviewed and published immediately upon acceptance ted to Behavioral and Brain Functions. Peer review is cited in PubMed and archived on PubMed Central anonymous. A recommendation of acceptance or rejec- yours — you keep the copyright tion is at the discretion of the Editors based on the review- ers' recommendations. Articles will be published BioMedcentral Submit your manuscript here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/publishing_adv.asp Page 2 of 2 (page number not for citation purposes)
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Published: Apr 22, 2005
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