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Subject: VB: Public Library of Science Initiative
From: Ingegerd Rabow <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 Mar 2001 10:20:59 +0100
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----- Ursprungligt meddelande ----- 
Från: Jim Till <[log in to unmask]>
Till: <[log in to unmask]>
Skickat: den 28 februari 2001 17:41
Ämne: Public Library of Science Initiative


> Received today (from publiclibraryofscience.org).
> 
> Jim Till
> University of Toronto
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 22:43:16 -0800
> From: Public Library of Science Initiative <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Please tell your colleagues about Public Library of Science
> 
> As of February 25, more than four thousand scientists from 91
> countries have joined you in signing the open letter in support of
> the Public Library of Science initiative. As a result of this
> initiative, several scientific publishers have already decided to
> adopt the policy advocated in the open letter, and almost every
> publisher and scientific society is discussing it. Yet, most life
> scientists are still unaware of this initiative, and many of those
> who do know of its existence have a distorted view of the proposal
> and its purpose.
> 
> The breadth and depth of support for this initiative from the
> scientific community will determine its success. We believe that with
> your help in informing your colleagues about this effort, and
> encouraging them to support it, the open letter can be published in
> May with the signatures of 50,000 scientists.
> 
> To achieve this goal, we each need to reach out to at least ten of
> our colleagues. We would therefore like to ask you to consider two
> steps:
> 
> 1. Send an email message to all the scientific colleagues in your
> address book (using the text attached at the bottom of this message,
> or a modified version of it, or use your own language).
> 
> 2. Spend an hour or two of your time in the next week talking to
> colleagues at your own and other institutions, explaining to them the
> reasons that you chose to support the initiative, and encouraging
> them to join you in signing the letter. (Let them know that they can
> sign the letter online at: http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org).
> 
> Please also make a special effort to talk directly with the editors
> and publishers of journals that are important to you, informing them
> of your support of this initiative, and encouraging them to adopt the
> policy that the letter advocates. We would greatly appreciate hearing
> about any such efforts you are able to make.
> 
> Your time and effort can make the crucial difference in the success
> of this initiative.
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge
> Patrick O. Brown, Stanford University
> Mary Case, Association of Research Libraries
> Michael B. Eisen, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley
> Lee Hartwell, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
> Marc Kirschner, Harvard University
> Chaitan Khosla, Stanford University
> Roel Nusse, Stanford University
> Richard J. Roberts, New England Biolabs
> Matthew Scott, Stanford University
> Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
> Barbara Wold, Caltech
> 
> 
> ========= Model email message to send to colleagues =========
> 
> Dear Colleague,
> 
> We write to ask for your support of an initiative to provide
> unrestricted access to the published record of scientific research.
> An open letter in support of this initiative has been signed by more
> than 4,500 scientists from 91 countries. We hope you will take a
> minute to read the letter and consider signing it.
> 
> The open letter, a list of the scientists who have already signed it,
> and some answers to frequently asked questions are posted at:
> http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org. This site also provides a way
> for colleagues to sign the open letter online.
> 
> You may also wish to read an editorial written by Richard J. Roberts,
> recently published in PNAS, which explains why he supports the
> initiative (http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/041601398v1).
> 
> This is a grassroots initiative, and the breadth and depth of support
> it receives from the scientific community will determine its success.
> If you decide to support this effort, please consider spending an
> hour or two of your time in the next week talking to colleagues at
> your own and other institutions, explaining to them the reasons that
> you chose to support it, and encouraging them to join you in signing
> the letter. Your effort can really make a difference.
> 
> ===

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