Interesting article from yesterday's NYT about a new online scientific journal that is being started. the goal is to provide peer-reviewed, cutting edge scientific research content for free.
it struck me as germane because of the continuing debates about how intellectual property should influence the cost structure of online content.
New Premise in Science: Get the Word Out Quickly, Online
By AMY HARMON
A group of prominent scientists is mounting an electronic challenge to the leading scientific journals, accusing them of holding back the progress of science by restricting online access to their articles so they can reap higher profits.
Supported by a $9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the scientists say that this week they will announce the creation of two peer-reviewed online journals on biology and medicine, with the goal of cornering the best scientific papers and immediately depositing them in the public domain.
By providing a highly visible alternative to what they view as an outmoded system of distributing information, the founders hope science itself will be transformed. The two journals are the first of what they envision as a vast electronic library in which no one has to pay dues or seek permission to read, copy or use the collective product of the world's academic research.