Re: Nature launches web debate "Future e-access to the primary literature"

From: Patrick Wilken <patrickw_at_CS.MONASH.EDU.AU>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 18:17:05 +1000

Hi Declan:

When you try to follow the links from the current contents page you
get saying access is restricted to paid up subscribers. I did think
that was ironic when I tried to access it yesterday.

best, patrick

>Nature launches web debate "Future e-access to the primary literature"
>The communication of research results impacts on everyone involved in
>science. Today, Nature launches an online debate on the most crucial and
>talked-about aspect of scientific publishing -- the impact of the
>web on the publication of original research. The debate is freely
>via Nature's home page ( or directly at
>The site will debate the recent and prominent initiative by researchers
>to force publishers to release archived reports of original research
>into centralized, freely available and unrestricted databases.
>This initiative, known as 'The Public Library of Science' (PLS ), will
>be discussed from a range of perspectives, from the advocates of free
>access to those who worry about its potential negative impacts on science.
>But we have also commissioned articles that go beyond the PLS debate
>from, among others, experts in scientific information management and
>commerce. Reactions to the posted articles are welcome and a selection
>posted, following selection by moderators Tony Delamothe, Web Editor,
>British Medical
>Journal and Declan Butler, European correspondent, Nature.
>Declan Butler
>Today's set of papers includes views from:
>Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian at Yale University
>Derk Haank, CEO, Elsevier Science
>Frank Gannon, Executive Director, European Molecular Biology
>Ira Mellman, Editor, The Journal of Cell Biology, Yale University School
>of Medicine
>Edwin Sequeira, Jo McEntyre and David J. Lipman, National Center for
>Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National
>Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
>Jo McEntyre and David J. Lipman, National Center for Biotechnology
>Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of
>Health, Bethesda, USA
>Les Grivell, Director, E-BioSci; a European archive initiative
>Martin Richardson, Publishing Director, Oxford University Press
>Robert D. Wells, President, American Society for Biochemistry and
>Molecular Biology, and Herbert Tabor, M.D. Editor, J. Biol. Chem
>The content will build up over the next few weeks; scheduled authors
>Amos Bairoch, cofounder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and
>GeneBio (Geneva Bioinformatics SA).
>Andrew Odlyzko, AT&T Labs
>Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, Harvard
>University Library
>Hans Roosendaal, Director Scientific Information, University of Twente,
>Dinkel Institute
>Jim Hendler, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
>John R. Inglis, Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
>Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems
>Martin Blume, Editor-in-Chief, American Physical Society journals
>Michael Keller, Publisher, HighWire Press
>Rick Luce, director, Research Library of Los Alamos National Laboratory
>Robert Campbell, Blackwell Science
>Stuart Weibel, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
>Tom Sanville, Executive Director, Ohiolink

Patrick Wilken
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