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ON THE TABLE OF (DIS)CONTENTS…Many French scientists are joining the
international scientific palace revolt of researchers against their
publishers (in an effort to make research results more accessible than by
paying thousands of dollars of subscription fees), and the CNRS has
established a "Center for Direct Scientific Communication" for
Internet-based publication. The Center's director denies any attempt to
replace journal literature, claiming simply that there is a need for a new
level of scientific communication and that the two types of venue can
coexist peacefully. Other French scientists in the movement also deny a
declaration of war while insisting that publicly funded labs can not afford
and should not have to pay millions of francs in annual subscriptions for
access to research that for the most part is produced by public funds. (Le
Monde, April 21, p23, Pierre Le Hir)

   Prof. Yves Epelboin, LMCP, Université P.M. Curie,
   case 115, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
   phone : +33 (0)1 4427 5211  fax : +33 (0)1 4427 3785
   URL http://www.lmcp.jussieu.fr/~epelboin/

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