SciDev.Net's Special Section on Open access and Scientific Publishing

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 14:42:44 +0000

[Forwarding from SciDev.Net. --Peter.]

The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) is pleased to announce its
new quick guide on science publishing (

Concentrating on the issue of how developing-country scientists can access
the latest scientific research, the quick guide offers an insight into the
discussions on this controversial topic and gives an overview of new
initiatives to make science literature more accessible. Packed with news,
features and opinions as well as updated background resources including key
documents, links, definitions and events, the quick guide on science
publishing aims to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments.

Highlights include the following specially commissioned articles for

1) David Dickson, director of SciDev.Net, gives an overview of the
different approaches being taken to increase access to the latest
scientific literature for developing-country researchers.

2) Subbiah Arunachalam, a distinguished fellow at the M S Swaminathan
Research Foundation, Chennai, India, argues that the best way to make
scientific research more available worldwide is to encourage scientists to
self-archive their research.

3) Helen J. Doyle of the Public Library of Science, calls on scientists,
research funders and others to support the open-access movement and help
increase access to scientific information across the globe.

The quick guide also contains a spotlight on WSIS, drawing together news
and resources from the event, including SciDev.Net's reports from the first
stage in Geneva in December 2003.

The quick guide is aimed at those interested in the current challenges and
discussions surrounding science publishing, and will be of particular
interest to developing-country scientists who have difficulty accessing the
latest research findings. Please pass this message to friends and colleagues.

Many thanks,

The SciDev.Net team.

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