This new online debate hosted by Nature explores "the most crucial and talked-about aspect of scientific publishing -- the impact of the web on the publication of original research." At the center of this debate will be the "The Public Library of Science" (PLS) initiative, an attempt to force publishers to place archived reports of original research into centralized, freely available, and unrestricted databases. At present, the site offers an introductory piece by two Nature editors and responses from librarians, not-for-profit publishers, for-profit publishers, and technology developers (including Tim Berners-Lee and James Hendler). Additional articles will be posted in the coming weeks, along with a selection of comments from the forum.
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