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PubScience under threat (fwd)

Stevan Harnad harnad at cogprints.soton.ac.uk
Thu Jun 28 07:15:35 EST 2001

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Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 21:24:38 +0200
From: "Declan Butler, Nature" <dbutler at CYBERCABLE.FR>
Reply-To: September 1998 American Scientist Forum
Subject: PubScience under threat

Dear Stevan
This exclusive article...

Budget proposal casts doubt over physics portal's future

A powerful congressional committee has passed a budget bill which, if
enacted, could close down PubScience, a free search service for the physical
sciences literature, operated by the US Department of Energy (DoE).

The budget bill, which was passed last week by the House appropriations
subcommittee for energy and water development and was expected to be
endorsed by the full appropriations committee, is likely have a chilling
effect on other government-operated services, including the National Library
of Medicine's PubMed Central, according to some observers.

... and an associated leader...

Defending tax-funded navigation

Opinion, Nature
A congressional committee has erred in its appropriate desire to support
free enterprise.

...will appear in tomorrow's Nature. I've arranged for them to be made
available on free access now on


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