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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

More on PLoS Medicine

Kata Kertesz, Medical research articles soon to be available free to the public, San Diego Union-Tribune (Associated Press), October 27, 2004. Excerpt: "The Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoS Medicine) was launched earlier this month and will be available to physicians, patients, scientists and anyone with Internet access. The journal provides 'health care personnel, their patients, and the citizens who have paid for much of the research with new findings from credible, peer-reviewed sources,' said Nobel Prize winner Harold Varmus, a former director of the National Institutes of Health and chairman of PLoS' 11-member board of directors. Readers will be able to copy and distribute the articles for teaching or personal purposes and thereby further expand the reach of the research. The directors hope that people in poor countries or scientists at small research colleges will be able to benefit from medical research that otherwise would be unavailable without an expensive subscription....PLoS Executive Director Vivian Siegel said that the journal will be self-supporting within five years."