Alexander Schier schier at
Wed Jan 17 18:02:27 EST 2001

Dear colleagues,

I urge you to take a look at this initiative if you haven't already
done so, and consider signing on.  The more of us that sign, the
greater the pressure will be on the journals to make their contents
available to the scientific community after publication.

Many thanks,

>Dear Alex,
>Thanks for signing the open letter in support of unrestricted access to
>the published record of scientific research. More than three hundred
>scientists from 25 countries have now signed this letter, pledging that
>their voluntary support of scholarly journals will be limited to journals
>that make the primary research reports that they have published freely
>available for distribution and use by independent online public
>libraries, within six months after publication. The letter, a
>continuously updated list of the scientists who have signed it, and some
>answers to frequently asked questions are posted at:
> This site now also provides a way
>for colleagues to sign the open letter online.
>This is a grassroots initiative, and the breadth and depth of
>support it receives from the scientific community will determine its
>success in persuading our journals to change their practices. We would
>therefore like to ask you to spend an hour or two of your time in the
>next week talking to colleagues at your own and other institutions,
>explaining to them the reasons that you chose to support it, and
>encouraging them to join you in signing the letter. Your effort can
>really make a difference. We have attached a copy of an editorial written
>by Richard J. Roberts which will be appearing soon in PNAS that explains
>why he supports this effort. Feel free to share this editorial with your
>colleagues; we hope it will help convince them to sign the open letter. A
>copy of this letter is available at
>Please also take the time to contact the editors and publishers of
>journals that are important to you, informing them of your support
>of this initiative, and encouraging them to adopt the policy that
>the letter advocates. We would greatly appreciate hearing about
>about any such efforts you are able to make.
>Finally, we welcome your advice and ideas. Thank you again for your
>support and help.
>Public Library of Science advocacy group
>(feedback at
>Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge
>Patrick O. Brown, Stanford University
>Mary Case, Association of Research Libraries
>Michael B. Eisen, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of
>California Berkeley
>Lee Hartwell, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
>Marc Kirschner, Harvard University
>Chaitan Khosla, Stanford University
>Roel Nusse, Stanford University
>Richard J. Roberts, New England Biolabs
>Matthew Scott, Stanford University
>Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
>Barbara Wold, Caltech

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