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Rapid response to:


Publishers hire PR heavyweight to defend themselves against open access

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:227

Rapid Response:

Access to Information

"Free access to medical articles" used to be called a library. And
New York, luckily, has a number of libraries that offer the "mass of
consumers" free access to medical journals.

But if you don't live near such a place, or don't have the time to
spend tracking down articles in person, you pay up to $30 to have a copy
delivered to your desktop. "The elites" then would be people with paid
subscriptions, or who have no problem paying often exorbitent sums for on-
line availability.

The idea that the American public should have access to the results
of studies funded by their tax dollars offends no one except those who
stand to lose money.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2007
Joan T McClusky
medical writer
New York, NY