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Influential funders launch open-access journal ‘for scientists, by scientists’

Three of the world’s largest research funders plan to launch an open-access biomedical journal that they say will serve the needs of scientists—rather than journal editors and the media.

The journal, which does not yet have a name and will be online only, will launch in the summer of 2012. It is being set up by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, based in the US, Germany’s Max Planck Society and the UK’s Wellcome Trust. The journal promises to shorten the publication process and will ignore metrics such as “impact factors”, which measure the citation rate of papers published in scientific journals.

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