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Who Owns, Who Pays? U.K., U.S. Offer Answers for Journals

Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5629.29a

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Government officials on both sides of the Atlantic are stoking the debate over free access to electronic scientific journals. In the United Kingdom, a government body announced last month that it will pay the publication costs of any British university researcher who submits a paper to open-access journals published by BioMed Central, a London-based company. And last week a member of the U.S. Congress introduced a bill aimed at preventing private publishers from monopolizing information by denying copyright protection to work produced with "substantial" government funding.

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