PLoS Biology Is In The House, China Is In Space
:: PLoS Biology, "the premier open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science", made its debut yesterday. PLoS "is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource." The first issue is v1 n1, October 2003. What's cutting edge about PLoS Biology, of course, is that all works published within are open access, available without cost to anyone, anywhere, who wishes to read or download for their own use. The PLoS Open-Access License provides more detail.
The appearance of this peer-reviewed, scholarly journal marks the beginning of a new era in scholarly publication, one in which a research journal of the highest quality and standards is made available without cost to the reader. It remains to be seen what the long term effects will be, and whether or not any impact will be felt in the for-profit scholarly publishing business.
:: China became the third country to send a human into space, as it launched its first manned mission this evening (9:00 pm EDT). The "taikonaut" is named Yang Li Wei, and he will be in space for 21 hours.