Developing Resourceful Research: Authors and Researchers to Benefit from Innovative BioMed Central and OpenHelix Program

BioMed Central journals to link to bioinformatics and genomics online tutorial suites.

Quote startThese links assist scientists by guiding them to relevant technical tutorials on resources which may be unfamiliar to them. Thanks to this partnership with OpenHelix, BioMed Central journals are able to make their scientific content more useful and access.Quote end

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) March 15, 2011

Open access science publisher, BioMed Central, and OpenHelix, provider of training on bioinformatics and genomics resources, have launched an innovative program for scientists to gain wider knowledge and support. Links within BioMed Central journals will direct readers to web-based training on bioinformatics and genomics tools used or cited in research articles. This helps increase researchers’ understanding through the offering of additional sources of information whilst they read the open access articles.

OpenHelix-narrated online bioinformatics and genomics tutorial suites will introduce readers to new tools, demonstrate new features and functionality and act as a reference tool. Users may also view PowerPoint tutorials, explanatory text and other useful materials.

Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director of BioMed Central, said: “These links assist scientists by guiding them to relevant technical tutorials on resources which may be unfamiliar to them. Thanks to this partnership with OpenHelix, BioMed Central journals are able to make their scientific content more useful and accessible to readers.”

Scott Lathe, CEO of OpenHelix, said: “An exciting aspect of this program is that readers will have ready access to our tutorials on tools they need to learn quickly. We’re excited to work with BioMed Central to provide a benefit to their readers and our users alike.”

About BioMed Central
BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix (http://www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.