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Rich Murray: universal free world bioscience archive 3.29.1 rmforall

March 29 2001 Here is an inevitable and wonderful benefit for the human community-- all bioscience made available in full to everyone for free. An explosion of citizen-based research and activity would ensue, as networks at all levels could operate effectively in complete freedom: students and seniors, the poor and "disabled", entrepreneurs, all nationalities, all levels of education, patients and healers alike, writers, researchers, educators, professionals, politicians, artists, children, mothers.  Take advantage of the great amount that is already available-- see the links below.

You may search among 11 million medical citations on PubMed for any topic or author, and for many studies get an abstract summary: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/
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Free for all      Andy Coghlan      New Scientist Online News
1225 GMT, 26 March 2001

Should all research papers in the biosciences be placed in one, free-access, web library? Yes, say 12,000 scientists

A row has broken out over whether all scientific papers in the biosciences should be placed in a single web library and made available free of charge to everyone.

Backers of the idea state their case in the journal Science alongside counter-arguments from the journal's own editors.

Controversially, supporters of the idea urge other scientists to sign a petition calling for the library, and to boycott journals unwilling to participate in the scheme. On Monday, the number of signatures collected stood at 11,939.

The proposed archive, called "PubMed Central", was set up by Harold Varmus when he was director of the US National Institutes of Health. Major journals which already deposit their papers there include the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Medical Journal.

Ease and equality of access

"If it's in a central archive, it would be much easier to search between papers and journals," says Rich Roberts of New England Biolabs in Beverly, Massachusetts, and a prime backer of the idea.

Researchers in developing countries who cannot afford expensive subscriptions to leading journals would have the same degree of access as researchers in rich countries. "It would be a great equaliser," says Roberts.

However, Science's editors are more equivocal about the idea. "There's nothing wrong with the idea broadly stated," says Donald Kennedy, the editor. "Everyone likes the idea of having a public library of science."

"But for us, the economics are important," he says. He points out that Science is run by the American Association for the Association of Science and earns the revenue to keep it going through subscriptions and advertising. These sources could dry up, he fears, if it ceded control of its archives to a third party.

He says that it costs money and takes enormous skill to guide scientific papers through the peer review process and to get them properly checked and edited.

Specialist journals would suffer too, he thinks. With their "crown jewels" displayed to all and sundry on the new site, journals would lose their core subscriptions from libraries.

Monopoly rights

Roberts' solution is a compromise allowing all contributing journals to wait until six months after publication before depositing their papers in PubMed Central. "We think six months is a good lifetime and gives the journal monopoly rights for that time," he says.

Roberts believes that scientists and libraries will not cancel subscriptions because the pace of science is so fast that they won't want to wait the six months before they see the papers. In a concession to this demand, Science has agreed to allow all its own papers to be accessed free of charge 12 months after publication, from its own web site. But Roberts is not impressed.

"It's a step in the right direction but it doesn't help the central archive because they'll keep it on their own website," he says. Roberts adds this would defeat one aim, as cross-searching would still be difficult.

Science also has misgivings about depositing all the world's scientific literature on a government-run website, which in theory could be vulnerable to political intervention. It says that a non-profit site similar to that envisaged already exists, called High-Wire Press. Science contributes to it already, as do 230 other journals.

Web links:
PubMed Central   http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
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Public library of science petition
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High-Wire press  http://highwire.stanford.edu/
More than a million free full-text articles

Science   http://www.sciencemag.org
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Alternative Medicine Review, published since 1996 by Thorne Research, is indexed in Medline, Embase (the premier European medical database), Cinahl (a U.S. database for nurses and other allied health professionals), Index Medicus, Current Contents / Clinical Medicine, and Science Citation Index Expanded.


Public Library of Science (PLoS)

www.plos.org PLoS publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals.

www.plosone.org Accelerating publication of peer-reviewed science

http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine PLOS Medicine: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology  PLOS Biology: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol PLOS Computational Biology: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens PLOS Pathogens: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics PLOS Genetics: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

http://www.ploscollections.org/article/browseIssue.action?issue=info:doi/10.1371/issue.pcol.v01.i13 PLOS Collections: The Human Microbiome Project Collection

www.plosclinicaltrials.org PLOS Clinical Trials




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