February 17, 2018

Online Databases – BioMed Central Meeting Abstracts

Centralized site will make for free flow of scientific discussion

By Michael Rogers

BioMed Central has launched a collection of online meeting abstracts to aid librarians and researchers. The new service will provide a centralized, searchable database of various meeting abstracts, allowing scientists to access freely summaries of the research currently in progress worldwide. ‘BioMed Central believes that the publication of meeting abstracts will promote communication and collaboration among researchers by opening up the information disseminated at conferences to a global audience,’ the company announced. ‘In addition, this service may help prevent the duplication of work, as scientists will be able to search for abstracts published in their own specific field of interest.’

The service recently opened with over 300 abstracts from three conferences and can be accessed free of charge from the BioMed Central homepage. All abstracts published by BioMed Central have their own unique URL so that researchers can easily forward abstracts to their colleagues. BioMed will also launch a printing service for meeting abstracts and entire conference proceedings.

‘Faculty of 1000’

The company is also creating a unique service for research scientists that systematically highlights and evaluates ‘the most interesting papers’ published in the biological sciences. Based on the recommendations of over 1000 leading researchers, ‘Faculty of 1000 represents a genuinely new way of literature assessment in the biological sciences,’ said Vitek Tracz, chair of the Current Sciences Group, which includes BioMed Central. ‘Research is evaluated directly by peers and delivered to working scientists in an effective way.’

Faculty of 1000 is divided into 16 subject faculties, which are subdivided into sections, with each section assigned faculty members who are among the leading researchers in their areas. These faculty members then appraise two to four of the most interesting papers they read each month.

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