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Harold Varmus on how to change the culture of publishing in biomedicine

In the ongoing debate about open-access publishing, one issue that I feel doesn’t get discussed enough is why more biomedical scientists don’t submit to open-access journals like Public Library of Science Biology. I think many can agree, out of pure principle, that making research results freely available is a good thing (business model issues aside). But as any young biologist concerned about his/her career will tell you, biologists need to get published in top-tier journals (Cell, Nature, Science) in order to be recognized, get ahead and secure that next job in academia. 

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