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MJM Bites the Dust

"A pioneering medical journal has fallen victim to the dramatic and wrenching changes that are overtaking the publishing industry," says a 60-Second Science story at Scientific American: the Medscape Journal of Medicine has closed shop. As one of the first open-access general medical journals established in April 1999, it predated both BMC and PLoS. It offered original research, video commentaries, and even letters. However, says editor-in-chief George Lundberg, "We believe that we can provide the most value to our members by focusing on our role as an aggregator and interpreter of medical information and not as the primary source for original scientific articles."