PubMed Central will go live

PubMed Central will go live

The National Institutes of Health will put the once-controversial PubMed Central Web site online at the end of the month. Its champion, former NIH director Harold Varmus, left his post last month.

The site, at www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov, will contain full texts of research articles from two journals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Microbiology of the Cell, said Elizabeth Pope, a staff scientist at NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information, which coordinates the project. The project has a starting budget of $2.3 million.

At the publishers' request, PNAS postings will be delayed by one month and the other journal's postings by two months. Users can search the PubMed Central site or NIH's abstracts-only service, PubMed.

Varmus, who now heads Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, drew criticism for the plan from print publishers [GCN, Oct. 4, 1999, Page 1]. NIH has made participating journals responsible for providing peer-reviewed content to the site.

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