This new site, currently in Beta testing phase, represents a new and potentially groundbreaking initiative to quickly publish peer-reviewed biological science and clinical medicine research and make it freely accessible to scientists and medical researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed Central archive (see the February 25, 2000 Scout Report
). In addition, the site plans to develop or maintain relevant databases that researchers have begun, publish reviews by experts, and develop various tools for professional communication. In all, BioMed central represents an excellent opportunity for authors who wish to sidestep the sometimes interminable delays associated with publishing in print journals but still wish to see their work appear in a professionally recognized forum and subjected to peer-review. It also presents an opportunity for PubMed Central, which at present reposts the full text of research articles already published in participating life science journals, allowing the site to serve as a central repository for free and very recent research in biological science and clinical medicine. The site offers background information, a review of subject areas in which it will be accepting submissions, and detailed instructions for authors.