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Each year BioMed Central recognizes the best research published across its Open Access journals through its annual BioMed Central Research Awards, bringing visibility to excellent articles and researchers across biology, medicine and health services research. The awards also acknowledge outstanding individual or institutional efforts to support open access to research, as well as researchers demonstrating leadership in data sharing.


“The quality of research from all categories is outstanding”

Frank Cox, 2012 Research Award judge for ‘Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation’


Nominations for the 2013 Research Awards are open to the scientific community and the winning articles, selected by our dedicated judging panels, will be chosen for their innovation and high-quality execution and discussion.

Last year a research article published in Biology Direct by Kenneth Stedman and Geoffrey Diemer of Portland State University, USA, won in the category of ‘Computational and high-throughput studies in genomics and systems biology’ and was also selected as the overall winner of BioMed Central’s 7th Annual Research Awards. The article documented the discovery of a new virus genome resulting from recombination between RNA and DNA, as Stedman and Diemer discuss in this Author Q&A.

“It’s a real honour to both Geoff and I to have received this BioMed Central Research Award. I looked at some of the other papers which were among those that won the awards for the various different categories – and this is just great stuff, it’s really fabulous science,” remarked Stedman.

As always, the judges had a difficult time selecting the best articles for each category but recognised the advances made across a variety of disciplines. In the category of ‘Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry’, Irene Knuesel from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, won for her article published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation on the link between chronic neuroinflammation and the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the merits of which are explained further in Biome.


“To win the Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry Award has been a great honour and the best motivation to continue our research”

Irene Knuesel, 2012 Research Award Winner


In the category of ‘Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation’ Julia Oh from the National Human Genome Research Institute, USA, and colleagues won for their article ‘Shifts in human skin and nares microbiota of healthy children and adults‘, published in Genome Medicine. Oh discusses their surprising findings and potential implications in this Author Q&A, where she highlights why they chose to publish their findings in an Open Access journal:

“Research is most fruitful under complete sharing and transparency. Research should be accessible to the general public. […] It is important to publicize the concept that not only one’s body, physiology, and health develop and evolve over our lives as we age, but there is a corresponding developmental trajectory to our microbial communities that likely has a very direct impact on our health.”

We’d love to hear what you think are the best articles published in 2013 in a BioMed Central journal, or an individual or institution you think has made a significant contribution to Open Access or Open Data. Nominations close on 31st January 2014, so please make yours here or simply click the ‘Nominate’ button found on the right-hand column of all eligible articles.


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