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Extra, extra! Led by the Public Library of Science Initiative, more than 25,000 scientists have pledged their support for the boycott of many scientific journals. PLSI plans to begin putting out its own journals this month, providing an alternative outlet to publications that refuse to deposit their articles in a free online environment. At press time, only Genome Research and PubMedCentral had agreed to scientists’ demands that all articles be made freely accessible.

 

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