More Journals Commit to National Institutes of Health Publishing Database

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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its electronic publishing site for research papers in mid-February (see http:// pubmedcentral.nih.gov/). The repository aims to include papers coveting all the life sciences and initial material offered includes papers from Molecular Biology of the Cell and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Harold Varmus, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is on the PubMed Central Advisory Committee which met for the first time on 27 March in Washington. Varmus told the Bulletin: "There were more problems than expected in getting [PubMed Central] started, but much more material should be up in the near future". Once the production process is optimized, this material should include papers from Arthritis Research, Breast Cancer Research, the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Nucleic Adds Research, The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology and others. David Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, commented: "The initial deadlines were not realistic -- we had to surmount technical problems in several areas. We had hoped we could provide a fairly general format with only small stylistic differences between journals. However, the initial participants want their content formatted in their own unique ways. …