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Wednesday, September 05, 2001

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find related articles. powered by google. BioMedNet Profit vs. Public access
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"Publishers of established scientific journals have thus far resisted demands for freer access. In its campaign to make biomedical research literature available free online, Public Library of Science is now taking a new tack: It hopes to publish peer-reviewed, electronic journals.

"If we really want to change the publication of scientific research, we must do the publishing ourselves," says an announcement posted Sept. 1 on the group's Web site. "It is time for us to work together to create the journals we have called for."

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find related articles. powered by google. BioMedNet Information wants to be free?
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"The boycott of scientific publishers is planned and led by a grassroots organization known as the Public Library of Science. The group has published an open letter signed by some 25,000 scientists. Signatories vowed to quit buying, publishing in, or reviewing for journals that decline to make papers available free six months after publication. The group says that it may also publish journals itself as the next step in its campaign."

Reference: Butler, D. 2001. Public library set to turn publisher as boycott looms. Nature 412(6846):469.

find related articles. powered by google. GenomeWeb Public Library of Science Prepares to Boycott Journals with Launch of Publishing Effort

"With the September deadline drawing nearer, Eisen told the ISMB audience that the group has "been met with hostility" by most journal publishers and is "faced with the likelihood that there will be nowhere to be published" after September 1.

"The only alternative is to create a way to publish our own journals," Eisen said.

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find related articles. powered by google. Scientific American Publish Free or Perish

"When a molecular biologist or a biochemist has made a discovery - often after many months or even years of tedious experiments?they tell the rest of the world by publishing their results in a scientific journal. So far, these journals have controlled who can read them and who cannot - but maybe not for much longer.

E-mail, Internet discussion groups, electronic databases and pre- or e-print servers have already transformed the way scientists openly exchange their results. And in the life sciences, researchers are now demanding that their work be included in at least one free central electronic archive of published literature, challenging the traditional ownership of publishers. The demand has sparked widespread discussions among scientists, publishers, scientific societies and librarians about the future of scientific publishing. The outcome may be nothing short of a revolution in the scientific publishing world."

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find related articles. powered by google. GenomeBiology Senior scientists promise to boycott journals

"A group of leading American scientists is promising to boycott scientific journals that refuse to make research articles available free of charge. The scientists have joined a campaign to promote the unfettered exchange of scientific information and establish a web-based public library for science."

"The supporters of the initiative believe that it will "vastly increase the accessibility and utility of the scientific literature, enhance scientific productivity, and catalyze integration of the disparate communities of knowledge and ideas in biomedical sciences." Campaigners aim to prevent the published record of scientific research, much of it paid for with public funds amounting to tens of billions of dollars a year, from being "permanently controlled and monopolized by publishers."

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"We believe that the permanent, archival record of scientific research and ideas should neither be owned nor controlled by publishers, but should belong to the public, and should be made freely available."

We support the establishment of international online public libraries of science that contain the complete text of all published scientific articles in searchable and interlinked formats.

If you agree, we ask you to join 25928 of your colleagues from 170 countries in signing an open letter that urges publishers to allow the research reports that have appeared in their journals to be included in electronic archives and to be read and used without obstruction."

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find related articles. powered by google. Wired News The Science of E-Publishing

""Publishers are reluctant to give away content because they are concerned that advertisers may go away," said Jerome Kassirer, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Advertisers pay more attention to the number of subscriptions to paper journals than to the number of eyeballs on any given website."

"There's a lot of anxiety that if (print journals) have an electronic offering, people will migrate online and they will lose their paper subscription revenues," agreed Tony Delamothe, editor of BMJ Online, a medical association journal that, unlike most journals, does not charge to access its electronic content.

Some insist that simply publishing electronically is not enough --and that open, free access is necessary to disseminate global research."

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find related articles. powered by google. BioMedCentral Freedom of Information Conference: The impact of open access on biomedical research

"How should biomedical research be communicated? How should research be assessed and validated?"

"Below are abstracts, transcripts, and biographies from the conference. Some presentations did not lend themselves to transcription. Where possible we have supplemented them with editorials from the speakers.

We have also commissioned editorial articles from several speakers and delagates at the meeting."

find related articles. powered by google. Advogato Open[Source]ing the Doors for Contributor-Run Digital Libraries

"What if you could wave a wand, in this very Harry Potter decade, and make libraries - at least digital libraries - more open, more easy to manage, cheaper, and even more eclectic and democratic? What if content contributors could submit, catalog, index, manage, rate and rank materials in large collections themselves? I believe that, thanks to the innovations from the Open Source community and perhaps more importantly the Free Software community, that we can have a contributor-run library at this very moment.

In fact, there are several very successful examples from which we can draw not only best practices, but also - that grail of the programmer - working code. But better still, these projects are also examples of vibrant, lively, noisy, democratic communities. "

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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