Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Free, Online journal, eLife, to Compete with Nature and Science

From BBC News:

One of the world's largest research charities, the Wellcome Trust, is to establish a free, online publication called eLife to compete with established academic journals.

They say their new title could be a "game changer" forcing other publishing houses to increase free access.

More than 9,000 scientists are boycotting a leading paid-for publisher for restricting access to their papers.

The Wellcome Trust's move is the latest salvo in a battle about ownership of, and access to, the published work of scientists that has been simmering underneath the sedate surface of scientific research for years.