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Free articles

All articles in BMC journals are available online without charge or other barriers to access. The following journals have published a small number of articles that, while freely accessible, are not open access as outlined in the section above:

Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy
Arthritis Research & Therapy
Breast Cancer Research
Critical Care
Genome Biology
Genome Medicine
Stem Cell Research & Therapy

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Reprint services are available for those requiring professional quality reproductions of articles. Reprints are produced from the final PDF of the article; if you are interested in reprints of an article which is at Provisional PDF stage, please email us.

25-500 copies of any article with a final PDF can be ordered using the online ordering system provided by EzReprint. From the full text or abstract of the article, selecting the option to‘Order reprints’ takes you directly to the order page, where the article details will be automatically inserted.

This simple to use service offers a variety of production and payment options, and enables users to have reprints delivered to their door.

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