Library-Society Alliance Puts Bio Journals Online

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Science  25 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5423, pp. 2063-2065
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2063

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This week the American Institute of Biological Sciences announced it will work with major U.S. research libraries and a private printer to distribute electronically dozens of nonmedical biological journals published by its 55 member societies. The arrangement is aimed at allowing smaller societies--some of whose journals may be threatened by the advent of preprint servers (see previous story)--to stay in the publishing business, while giving libraries a say on subscription prices and access to archival material. But some observers predict the collaboration will face many of the same challenges confronting other scientific publishers that have gone online.