Sunday, September 3, 2006

Washington DC Principles: Free access to science

The Washington DC Principles group represents over 100 non-profit academic publishers. From their Web page:

On March 16, 2004 representatives from the nation's leading not-for-profit medical/scientific societies and publishers announced their commitment to providing free access and wide dissemination of published research findings.

And then they tell us:

Through these not-for-profit publishers, the scientific community and the public have easy online access to over 1.6 million articles of which more than 600,000 full-text articles are free. In addition, access is provided to the abstracts of more than 12.6 million articles in more than 4,500 Medline journals, as well as useful alerting and information management tools.

Okay, you can do the math yourself. Today‘s quiz, what percent of the scientific literature in the 4,500 Medline journals is freely available to the public? Yep, these folks are busting their tails to provide free access to science.

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