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U.S., European Backers Differ on E-biomed Plan

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Science  16 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5426, pp. 315
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5426.315

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U.S. and European groups hoping to start an Internet publishing outlet known as "E-biomed" appear to be on divergent paths, raising a question about whether they can agree on a format. Whereas the Americans want to begin the project with an unedited, unreviewed preprint depository, the principal European advocate--Frank Gannon, executive director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany--states in a position paper released on 7 July that he welcomes electronic publication, but "EMBO would have no role" in a "non-reviewed depository."