New York—The revolution in biomedical
publishing is just a mouse click away.
With the recent creation of such online publishing initiatives as BioMed
Central, PubMed Central, and CrossRef, researchers and clinicians have less
costly and more immediate access to research articles. But this newfound freedom
of access to biomedical information has raised critical questions for scientific
publishers and their readers. Among them are whether research published online
should be available at no cost and how that research should be peer-reviewed.
Scientific and medical associations that currently publish paper-based journals
also face important issues regarding shifting sources of revenue as free or
low-cost electronic access competes with traditional subscription and distribution
Publishers Debate Future of Online Journals. JAMA. 2000;284(8):943-944. doi:10.1001/jama.284.8.943