A group of British science bodies said today (May 12) they were seeking proposals from organizations interested in running a new free-access archive of papers arising from research they have funded.

The idea is to establish a UK version of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)–run service PubMed Central. The site would include material from the United States as well and would create a searchable facility containing all papers from both versions. UK PubMed Central would also have links to online resources, such as gene and chemical compound databases.

The venture is being developed by the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the British Heart Foundation, and the Arthritis Research Campaign, with support from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, said in a statement that his organization was committed to achieving the maximum impact...

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