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December 30, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Public Library of Science Announces New Journals

The Public Library of Science (PLoS;, a nonprofit, international grass-roots organization of scientists, announced that it is launching a new scientific publishing venture - with two new journals: PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine. The PLoS journals will retain all of the important features of scientific journals, including rigorous peer-review and high editorial standards, but will use a new business model in which the costs of these services are recovered by modest fees charged to the authors or research sponsors for each published paper. This new model will allow PLoS to make all published works immediately available online, with no charges for access or restrictions on subsequent redistribution or use. PLoS plans to begin publishing in the second half of 2003.

This new effort is backed by a five year, $9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and by a policy decision from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The PLoS initiative has been led by Harold E. Varmus, president of the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, former director of the National Institutes of Health and 1989 Nobel Laureate, Patrick O. Brown of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stanford University, and Michael B. Eisen of Lawrence Orlando Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California-Berkeley.

PLoS is confident that the scientific community will support its new publications. In the past two years, more than 30,000 scientists from 180 countries signed an open letter circulated by PLoS, which called on established scientific journals to provide open access to their archives.

Source: The Public Library of Science

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