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Monday, November 10, 2003

OhioLINK buys BMC memberships for 84 Ohio institutions

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) has bought institutional memberships in BioMed Central for 84 institutions of higher education in the state of Ohio. This is the largest consortial deal for BMC in the US to date. Quoting the BMC press release: "The consortium, of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio, was motivated to invest in BioMed Central membership because of current budget constraints on both their member libraries and the OhioLINK central budget. The combination of financial constraints and the continued rising costs of journal subscriptions stimulated the need to seek out alternative publishing models. Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, explains the commitment by OhioLINK to fund open access publishing for all 84 member institutions: 'We need economically sustainable access to quality research. We want to give our faculty the opportunity to publish through the most cost effective means possible, while simultaneously maximizing access to their research.'"