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[BOAI] PubMed and self-archiving

From: "David Prosser" <david.prosser AT>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 12:40:42 +0100

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As you know, Medline is by far and away the most important abstracting
and indexing service in the life sciences and most researchers access
Medline through PubMed.  If you find a paper through PubMed and that
paper is available electronically you get a link through to the
publisher's site with the full-text (that you can follow only if you
have access rights).  For example, see:
It struck me that it would encourage life sciences authors to
self-archive if there was also a link from the PubMed record to the
self-archived version of the paper.  It should be possible to use the
'link out' feature to add the authors' version to the record (see  It might even be possible
to provide an icon on the main record page next to the link to the
publisher's version.
I wondered if any repositories are already offering this service to
authors - i.e., if an author deposits their version in the local
repository the repository will make the PubMed link?  This could be a
powerful tool for encouraging the life scientist as they know that their
version will be accessed by anybody who does not have access to the
publisher's version.
(Apologies for cross-posting.)
David C Prosser PhD
SPARC Europe
E-mail:  david.prosser AT
Tel:       +44 (0) 1865 284 451
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