Harvard recently passed a measure that would have all academic papers published freely online immediately, reports the New York Times. Researchers could then publish their work in whatever journal they choose. At The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen thinks it's a great step forward and other universities (including his own UC Davis) should follow suit.

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