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BioMed Central Announces New Release of Open Repository, The Leading Platform for Hosting Institutional Repositories


BioMed Central today announced the latest upgrades to Open Repository, the open access publisher’s hosted repository solution. The upgrades include new features from DSpace, the open-source platform for accessing, managing, and preserving scholarly works. Open Repository now offers institutions increased customization options and a new and improved user interface. Also, two prestigious organizations have recently elected to host their repositories on Open Repository: Roehampton University and Medecins Sans Frontieres, demonstrating that Open Repository is the first choice for a wide variety of organizations.

“BioMed Central’s Open Repository is a very good platform on which to host our institutional repository,” said Tony Reid, Medical Editor, Medecins Sans Frontieres. “The upgrade will allow us to apply more customization options from DSpace, so the repository better meets our requirements. We are looking forward to using the new version.”

Open Repository version 1.4.9 has several new features that are designed to enhance the customer experience. The release offers an improved user interface, making it easier for customers to browse and submit their material online. Additionally, institutions can convert their Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text and RTF documents to PDF format. Customers can also set up RSS feeds, and customize lists and search fields, adding value to the already robust platform.

“Open Repository provides a hosted solution that is quick and simple to set up, customizable to our needs and easy to use,” said Pat Simons, Bibliographic and Technical Services Manager, Roehampton University. “We switched from Proquest’s repository service because Open Repository offered better value for money and all the features we plan to use. Additionally, we appreciate the helpful and friendly support we get from BioMed Central.”

Open Repository from BioMed Central gives institutions the personalization of an in-house repository at a fraction of the cost. The service hosts and maintains repositories for institutions, eliminating the need for the support and resources required for an in-house solution, while providing unique and innovative features to its users. Built on the latest DSpace technology, Open Repository can be personalized to support an institution’s specific needs and identity.

For information on how to host a repository on Open Repository, please email

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