BMJ Group expands into Europe and New Zealand
The BMJ Group has signed a three year nationwide licensing agreement with the Bavarian State Library on behalf of the German research foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG,) to provide BMJ Journals' content to universities and other publicly financed research institutions across Germany.
The initiative will improve access to online medical resources for 124 universities, medical schools, research institutes and academic libraries throughout Germany. The BMJ Journals' content has been available in Germany since January 2008.
Dr Johannes Fournier, Programme Director of the Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division of DFG comments:
"We are very pleased with the constructive manner in which the library and publishing communities worked together and helped us provide a valuable resource for all German medical and life scientists."
In a further development, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) have purchased a customised online version of BMJ Learning.
The initiative provides over 3000 New Zealand GPs with access to online learning resources based on the best available peer reviewed evidence.
The site will provide a wide range of learning resources that deal with everyday issues in primary care, general practice and hospital medicine, including interactive case histories to test consultation skills and up to date clinical information on common conditions.
BMJ Learning currently offers over 400 evidence-based learning modules with another 200 to be added in 2008. The site will be customised with the College adding New Zealand specific assessment and curriculum modules.
Dr Jonathan Fox, President of the College said:
"Every GP is committed to lifelong learning, but the pace of life is now so intense that the chance to access such quality medical education from your desk, or from home, is compelling."
Stella Dutton, CEO of the BMJ Group said:
"These contracts emphasise the increasing international presence of the BMJ Group. Currently, over half of our products and services are used by doctors and patients overseas".
BMJ Group is one of the world's leading providers of trusted medical information for healthcare professionals and patients. BMJ Group publishes BMJ (British Medical Journal), over 20 specialist journals, BMJ Clinical Evidence and BMJ Best Treatments (currently available in the UK from AskBoots.com). The Group also provides through BMJ Learning, continuing professional development online modules and exam revision materials, as well as events and workshops for the healthcare profession. BMJ Group is owned by the British Medical Association. It is editorially independent and the articles and content it publishes are not intended to reflect BMA policy.