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INFO: MEDICAL: RESEARCH : MEDICAL: PERIODICALS : BIOSCIENCES: NewYork Times Article Discusses Proposed National Institutes of Health WebBased Journal for Publishing Biomedical Research Information

The National Institute of Health is planning to publish a journal on the
World Wide Web that will provide the public with information regarding new
biomedical research.  Traditional medical journal publishers are concerned
because the lack of peer review with this proposed journal may permit
publication of research that is not as sound as would be the case in their
review.  An excerpt, indexing and a hyperlink to the New York Times
article discussing this issue is provided below and this articles summary
and indexing will be archived at the web site for E-Carm News which is
http://www.ecarm.org (.)

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584


Source:  New York Times (NYT)
Title:      N.I.H. Plan for Journal on the Web Draws Fire
Source Date: June 8, 1999
Resource Type:  News Article
Description/Keywords:  US National Institutes of Health, Proposal,
Publishing, E-Journal, Internet/WWW, Criticism, Research, Dissemination,
Peer Review, Standards, Democratization, Information Access
URL:  Listed Below Article Summary

June 8, 1999
          N.I.H. Plan for Journal on the Web Draws Fire
          By ROBERT PEAR

                 WASHINGTON -- The director of the National Institutes
of Health has touched off a passionate debate by proposing
that scientists disclose and disseminate the results of biomedical
research on the Internet, making the full text of their reports available
at no cost to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world.

          The director, Dr. Harold E. Varmus, said his proposal for an
electronic publishing operation, called E-biomed, would speed the
progress of science by accelerating the exchange of information among
researchers and by vastly increasing access to it.

          Moreover, he said, the Web
          site could be "a democratizing
          force" because any legitimate
          researchers, "however
          remotely located or poorly
          known," could enter reports
          on it.

          The New England Journal is owned and published by the
Massachusetts Medical Society. It has for years had a strict policy against
publishing manuscripts whose "essential substance" has been published

Web Sites for Organizations Mentioned in New York Times Article:

               The New England Journal of Medicine.

               Association of American Medical Colleges.

               National Institutes of Health.

               Oregon Health Sciences University.

               National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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