EMBL-EBI and collaborators win bid to run UK PubMed Central

Scientists will be able to access a vast collection of biomedical research at the touch of a button thanks to a major new initiative that aims to promote the free transfer of ideas in a bid to speed up scientific discovery. Based on a model currently used in the United States, UK PubMed Central [UKPMC] will provide free access to an online digital archive of peer-reviewed research papers in the medical and life sciences.

The Wellcome Trust, as part of a nine-strong group of UK research funders, announced today that the contract to run UKPMC has been awarded to a partnership between the British Library, The University of Manchester and the European Bioinformatics Institute [EBI].

Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "Medical Research is not complete until the results have been communicated. I am delighted that such a strong consortium has been appointed to run UK Pubmed Central. UKPMC is a partnership with the National Library of Medicine in the United States and will provide the best repository of the biomedical research literature in the world."

UKPMC will ensure that the digital archive of published articles resulting from research paid for by any of the funding consortium will be freely available, fully searchable and extensively linked to other online resources.

Richard Boulderstone, Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library, said: "The British Library is delighted to have been chosen to set up and manage UK PubMed Central. Along with our partners, we anticipate that it will offer a sophisticated and exciting new means of scholarly communication for biomedical researchers. Building on the complementary strengths that each partner brings to this project, we expect to create a platform for the development of a whole range of new services for the UK and European biomedical research community."

In the initial stages of the UKPMC programme, the British Library will lead on set

Contact: Cath Brooksbank
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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