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E-biomed Morphs to E-biosci, Focus Shifts to Reviewed Papers

Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 810-811
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.810

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After its proposal for a Web-based repository of biomedical literature drew fire from several scientific societies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has dropped the notion of a "preprint" server containing mostly unreviewed scientific papers. Instead, it is putting together a model more like a "reprint" server that would provide researchers access to publications that have mostly already gone through peer review by journals. NIH is now discussing the proposal with scientific publishers, and it could unveil its new plan "within a few weeks," according to one government official.