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NIH's plans for online publishing could threaten journals

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7186.754a (Published 20 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:754
  1. Tony Delamothe
  1. BMJ

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) may set up a single electronic repository for peer reviewed, biomedical research papers in what would mark the most radical shift in scientific publishing since the first peer reviewed journals appeared in 1665. Such a web based service would free up millions of dollars spent by libraries on journal subscriptions, while leaving the business plans of many scientific publishers in shreds.

    It would be a logical extension of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service, similarly funded by the US taxpayer …

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