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Plans for PubMed Express Scrapped

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Yielding to strong criticism, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently cancelled plans for launching PubMed Express, a Web site devoted to rapid publication of full-text, non-peer-reviewed biomedical articles, according to a May 10 Washington Fax article.

The concept for the site, originally termed “E-Biomed,” was proposed 2 years ago by then NIH Director Harold Varmus (see JIM 1999;47:267-268). Varmus cited four primary advantages of the proposed electronic publication over traditional print publication: free and easier access to research articles, increased capacity to present articles with large amounts of data, more rapid dissemination of research …

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