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Researchers Plan Free Global Preprint Archive

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 887
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.887a

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While the National Institutes of Health moves ahead with plans to create a free database of biological publications, a group of research librarians and information experts is trying to concoct something more far-reaching. The leaders--who are following the model of the Los Alamos National Laboratory physics archive--met last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to begin working out the framework for a "universal preprint archive" that would include papers from all disciplines. By November, according to a spokesperson, the group hopes to release a set of indexing protocols that would permit authors to deposit their work at participating sites and readers to retrieve the full text at no cost.