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Varmus Circulates Proposal for NIH-Backed Online Venture

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Science  30 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5415, pp. 718
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5415.718a

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Low-cost biomedical publishing on the Internet could explode soon, if a plan drafted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) takes off. Last week, NIH director Harold Varmus and colleagues circulated a proposal that could greatly expand the use of the Internet to distribute original biomedical papers. But the community may not be ready for a radical change: The first reaction of a prestigious editorial group at the National Academy of Sciences--briefed on these ideas on 25 April--was less than enthusiastic.