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Science  19 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5444, pp. 1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5444.1459a

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On 16 November, 12 private and nonprofit organizations unveiled a scheme designed to cross-link journal articles through their reference lists, making it easy for researchers to locate and obtain the text of a referenced article through the Internet. Unlike PubMed Central, a U.S. government plan to provide free access to scientific articles through a Web site, the plan will allow publishers to retain full-text material on their own Web sites and control access to it. PubMed Central, in contrast, would turn archived texts into public property.