Wellcome Trust's New Open Access Journal 'eLife' adds Impetus to the 'Scientific Spring' (OBN)

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Sir Mark Walport, the director of Wellcome Trust, said that his organisation is in the final stages of launching a high calibre scientific journal called eLife that would compete directly with top-tier publications such as Nature and Science, seen by scientists as the premier locations for publishing. Unlike traditional journals, however, which cost British universities hundreds of millions of pounds a year to access, articles in eLife will be free to view on the web as soon as they are published. eLife will be produced in conjunction with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US and the Max Planck Society in Germany is currently preparing for launch later this year and has received a huge amount of press coverage. With over 9,000 research scientists already joining a publisher boycott the 'scientific spring' appears to be gaining traction.Sir Mark also said that the Wellcome Trust, which spends more than £600m on scientific research a year, would soon adopt a more robust approach with the scientists it funds, to ensure that results are freely available to the public within six months of first publication...

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