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Publish and Perish in the Internet World

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Science  14 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5477, pp. 223-225
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5477.223

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NEW YORK CITY-- When 120 leaders in publishing and biomedicine met here last week to talk about the Internet's effect on scholarly journals, it didn't take long for disagreements to surface. Participants clashed over two very different visions of the future--one predicting that private firms will continue to produce the most reliable and readable journals, the other that scientists will soon abandon traditional journals and share results directly with other researchers on the Internet.