Re: PLoS Biology

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 22:23:57 +0000

At 03:18 PM 1/4/2003 -0500, Jim Till wrote [in part]:
>I've just been reading Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point: How Little
>Things Can Make a Big Difference" (Little, Brown & Co., 2002 edition).
>The "Tipping Point" is "that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social
>behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire".
>I hope that the establishment of the BMC and PLoS journals will be seen,
>in retrospect, as "magic moments" when open access to the biological and
>biomedical research literature began to spread "like wildfire".
>Jim Till
>University of Toronto

Jim: I share your hope. The launch of the PLoS journals is definitely a
new milestone for open access. I don't know whether they will bring us to
the tipping point, but I'm sure they will bring us closer.

BTW, I argued in FOSN for 8/8/02, <>
(second story),
that open-access eprint archiving --as opposed to open-access journals--
had reached its tipping point. I provided six months' worth of evidence
to show that its adoption and endorsement are accelerating.

      Peter Suber
Peter Suber, Professor of Philosophy
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, 47374

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