iPubSci: an alternative to expensive science journals?
iPubSci is a new concept for the downloading and purchasing of science articles on a per-article basis.
It could be a real-world solution to the access and affordability problem faced by scientists in both biotech and academia. iPubSci would meld two already well-designed types of programs in search (PubMed) and the sale of individual pieces of content (iTunes). This concept arose out of numerous brainstorming sessions with Seattle biotech librarian Molly Bernard.
This initiative is developped by Stewart Lyman, a science-for-free activist, that I have already mentioned when he wrote in Nature Biotechnology.
Steward is looking for support of end-users at biotechnology, pharma, medical devices, and in academia. He hopes to put additional pressure on commercial publishers to low the cost of articles.