[unrev-II] Fwd: Please tell your colleagues about Public Library of Science

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 10:43:10 PDT

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    I am forwarding this response to this group because I happen to feel very
    strongly that the future of humanity resides in our ability to apply our
    intellect to finding solutions to complex, urgent problems. An important
    issue, I believe, is the free and unimpeded flow of information. I have
    signed this position based on my belief that there will be important gains
    made in our ability to build a global brain and augment human potentials
    when and if the scientific and technical literature becomes open and
    available for all to study ,use, and incorporate in public knowledge bases.


    >Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 21:52:15 -0700
    >From: Public Library of Science Initiative
    >Dear Jack,
    >Thank you for signing the open letter in support of unrestricted
    >access to scientific publications.
    >As of late April, more than eightteen thousand scientists from 147
    >countries have joined you in signing the open letter in support of
    >the Public Library of Science initiative. As a result of this
    >initiative, several scientific publishers have already decided to
    >adopt the policy advocated in the open letter, and almost every
    >publisher and scientific society is discussing it. Yet, most life
    >scientists are still unaware of this initiative, and many of those
    >who do know of its existence have a distorted view of the proposal
    >and its purpose.
    >The breadth and depth of support for this initiative from the
    >scientific community will determine its success. We believe that with
    >your help in informing your colleagues about this effort, and
    >encouraging them to support it, the open letter can be published in
    >May with the signatures of 50,000 scientists.
    >To achieve this goal, we each need to reach out to at least ten of
    >our colleagues. We would therefore like to ask you to consider two
    >1. Send an email message to all the scientific colleagues in your
    >address book (using the text attached at the bottom of this message,
    >or a modified version of it, or use your own language).
    >2. 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 the initiative, and encouraging
    >them to join you in signing the letter. (Let them know that they can
    >sign the letter online at: http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org).
    >Please also make a special effort to talk directly with 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 any such efforts you are able to make.
    >Your time and effort can make the crucial difference in the success
    >of this initiative.
    >Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge
    >Patrick O. Brown, Stanford University
    >Mary Case, Association of Research Libraries
    >Michael B. Eisen, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC 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
    >========= Model email message to send to colleagues =========
    >Dear Colleague,
    >We write to ask for your support of an initiative to provide
    >unrestricted access to the published record of scientific research.
    >An open letter in support of this initiative has been signed by more
    >than 14,000 scientists from 130 countries. We hope you will take a
    >minute to read the letter and consider signing it.
    >The open letter, a list of the scientists who have already signed it,
    >and some answers to frequently asked questions are posted at:
    >http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org. This site also provides a way
    >for colleagues to sign the open letter online.
    >You may also wish to read an editorial written by Richard J. Roberts,
    >recently published in PNAS, which explains why he supports the
    >initiative (http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/041601398v1).
    >This is a grassroots initiative, and the breadth and depth of support
    >it receives from the scientific community will determine its success.
    >If you decide to support this effort, please consider spending 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.
    >======== OPEN LETTER ========
    >We support the establishment of an online public library that would
    >provide the full contents of the published record of research and
    >scholarly discourse in medicine and the life sciences in a freely
    >accessible, fully searchable, interlinked form. Establishment of this
    >public library would vastly increase the accessibility and utility of
    >the scientific literature, enhance scientific productivity, and
    >catalyze integration of the disparate communities of knowledge and
    >ideas in biomedical sciences.
    >We recognize that the publishers of our scientific journals have a
    >legitimate right to a fair financial return for their role in
    >scientific communication. We believe, however, that the permanent,
    >archival record of scientific research and ideas should neither be
    >owned nor controlled by publishers, but should belong to the public,
    >and should be freely available through an international online public
    >To encourage the publishers of our journals to support this endeavor,
    >we pledge that, beginning in September, 2001, we will publish in,
    >edit or review for, and personally subscribe to, only those scholarly
    >and scientific journals that have agreed to grant unrestricted free
    >distribution rights to any and all original research reports that
    >they have published, through PubMed Central and similar online public
    >resources, within 6 months of their initial publication date.

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