Publishers Decry Proposal for Free Medical-Research Site

Publishers Decry Proposal for
Free Medical-Research Site

Medical publishers and researchers have voiced their opposition to a May proposal by National Institutes of Health Director Harold E. Varmus to speed the dissemination of medical studies and slash libraries’ serials costs by creating E-biomed, an NIH-sponsored Web site on which peer-recommended researchers can post their findings.

“The taxpayer is willing to pay for our research; we have an obligation to make the results of that research available as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Dr. Charles V. Mobbs of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City told the June 8 New York Times. But New England Journal of Medicine Editor-in-Chief Jerome P. Kassirer argued that “subscribers would have no reason for subscribing” if E-biomed were implemented.

Although no launch date has been announced, federal officials plan to take the first steps toward implementation later this year after reviewing comments from the scientific community.

Posted June 14, 1999.