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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Marjorie, Thank you for this! Andrius, http://www.ms.lt ... While providing open access to scientific research isn t quite the same as putting the research in
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 18, 2003
      Marjorie, Thank you for this! Andrius, http://www.ms.lt

      While providing open access to scientific research isn't quite the same
      as putting the research in the public domain, it seems to be a step in
      that direction. Thought you'd be interested.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: EHP Media [mailto:ehpmedia@...]
      Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 1:16 PM
      Subject: Open Access to Scientific Research Gets Boost

      December 12, 2003 919-541-2359

      Open Access to Scientific Research Gets Boost

      As NIH-Backed Publication Decides to Make the Switch

      Environmental Health Perspectives Will

      Provide Free Access Online Starting January 1

      [RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC] The open access movement, in which
      published scientific research is made freely available on the Internet,
      gained momentum today when Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), the
      peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health
      Sciences, announced it would adopt an open access policy and provide its
      research articles and news content free of charge online beginning
      January 2004.

      "The rationale behind the open access philosophy--that science best
      benefits society when it's freely and immediately available to all--is
      just too compelling to ignore. As part of the United States government,
      we felt it important that we take a leadership role in this area," said
      Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the NIEHS. "The web affords us a unique
      opportunity to enhance scientific discourse that we simply could not

      The open access philosophy was formalized at a meeting of scientific
      editors and publishers held in Budapest in December 2001 and organized
      by the Open Society Institute, a foundation started by philanthropist
      George Soros that is seeking to further the open access paradigm. A
      consensus statement from that meeting, called the Budapest Open Access
      Initiative, laid out the goals and issues involved in providing
      peer-reviewed scientific literature without restriction on the Internet.
      The statement says in part, "Removing access barriers to this literature
      will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the
      rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as
      useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a
      common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge."

      In October 2003, a venture called the Public Library of Science, the
      brainchild of Dr. Harold Varmus, former director of the National
      Institutes of Health, began publishing its first open access science
      journal, PLOS-Biology. Says Dr. Varmus, "I am very pleased to learn that
      Environmental Health Perspectives will be joining the growing ranks of
      journals that are adopting the policy of open access to better serve
      science and society. It is especially important for distinguished,
      peer-reviewed journals that publish works of special interest to the
      public, such as those in environmental health sciences, to be readily
      available to the public and to the scientific community around the globe."

      In addition to being available for free at ehponline, EHP content will
      also be deposited in PubMed Central, the U.S. National Library of
      Medicine's free and unrestricted digital archive.

      "We believe that making our science freely available will have very real
      benefits, not just to society, but also to the publication," said Dr.
      Thomas Goehl, editor-in-chief of EHP. "We expect our research to be more
      widely referenced, resulting in a further enhancement of the prestige of
      the journal. We will balance some of the revenue loss by increasing page
      charges paid by the authors. The benefit to our authors, our readers and
      now the public makes this the absolute right thing to do."

      Converting to an open access model is the latest step taken by EHP to
      reach out to an international audience. EHP currently provides
      complimentary print copies of the journal to institutions in developing
      countries, and recently EHP began posting on its website (ehponline.org)
      translations of article summaries in Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian,
      and Spanish. "We're committed to doing everything we can to allow this
      cutting-edge environmental health research to benefit people across the
      globe," Goehl said.

      Coinciding with the conversion to open access, EHP is also expanding and
      updating its website, which houses over 10,000 archived research
      articles. This expansion will make material more easily accessible for
      an expected large increase in the number of visitors.

      NIEHS is an institute of the National Institutes of Health, part of the
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information is
      available online at http://www.ehponline.org/.

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