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STM position on NIH open access proposal

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) expresses its stance on the US National Institutes of Health's (NIH) decision to implement open access for its researchers. The proposal to make NIH-funded research studies open to all does not measure the consequence. The article suggests a market investigation before implementing any policy to make STM content more accessible.
   
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STM publishing in the UK: trends captured

The market for scientific journals is global, with 2,000 publishers printing 1.2 million articles every year. As noted by OFT, the top STM publishers account for 37 percent of the rated journals. Researches in the UK have contributed almost 5 percent of the total STM content. Newer technologies have created faster publishing processes. Open access is widely accepted in the UK.
   
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Scientific publishing on the 'Semantic Web'

Communicating scientific data through published journals is becoming traditional with the increased use of Internet space. An emerging medium of communication of scientific articles, the Internet is already challenged by the 'Semantic Web'. This concept will allow publishing papers to add relevant machine-readable markups in the report.
   
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Open access in medical publishing: trends and countertrends

PLoS issued its first open access journal in October 2003. Publisher BMJ has allotted US$9 million to 'challenge the status quo of medical publishing'. However, due to increasing hits to its website, BMJ has started charging non-subscribers for the all papers except the original study. Read the author's perception on the open access model adopted by medical journals.
   
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The publisher's role, outlined by Crispin Davis

There are various articles stressing the importance of scientific publishers to the science community. Scholars who support the open access movement fail to see the imbalance it causes in the standard model of the publishing community. One alternative, suggested by the scholars, of charitable trusts paying the author, will be short lived. On the other hand, the model suggested by the Wellcome Trust is pragmatic.
   
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