BioMed Central has revamped its website, but the changes appear to me to be little more than lipstick.
Take BMC’s Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, for example.
It is also increasingly clear that BMC no longer does any copyediting, as the title of a recent article in Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering shows.
The article is entitled, “Sources of Metal Pollution in the Urban Atmosphere (A Case Study: Tuzla, Istabul),” and as you can see, there is a prominent typo in the title, an error any competent copyeditor would have recognized (and corrected) immediately.
Increasingly, it appears that articles in BMC are being published as they are received, with no copyediting being done.
The author fee for this journal is €600. For that sum, you basically get a PDF version of your manuscript created and mounted on the internet.
BioMed Central is increasingly becoming little more than a dressed up vanity press, a publisher for hire.
The scholarly publishing industry is transitioning from serving readers to serving authors.
Hat tip: Arvind Behal