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UK PubMed Central Launched

Based on a model currently used by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), UK PubMed Central (UKPMC; has launched to provide free access to a permanent online archive of peer-reviewed research papers in the medical and life sciences. A group of nine U.K. research organizations, led by the Wellcome Trust, awarded the contract to develop UKPMC to a partnership between The British Library, The University of Manchester, and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) last July.

Many members of this funding group now require that articles describing the results of the research they support are made available in UKPMC with the aim of maximizing its impact. The UKPMC service is designed to ensure that articles resulting from research paid for by any member of the funding consortium are freely available to everybody, fully searchable, and extensively linked to other online resources. Initially UKPMC mirrors the U.S.-based PubMed Central database (hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NIH;

The British Library will run the service, promote it to researchers, as well as offer support for those who want to include their research papers in UKPMC. The University of Manchester will host the service—on servers based at MIMAS (Manchester Information & Associated Services)—and will support the process of engaging with higher-education users. EBI, which is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), will contribute its biomedical domain knowledge and state-of-the-art text-mining tools to integrate the research literature with the underlying bioinformatics databases.

The UKPMC funding group consists of the Arthritis Research Campaign, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive Health Department, the Department of Health, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Medical Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust.

Source: The British Library

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