Demand growing for open access science texts and tools

By John Timmer

About a year and a half ago, we reported on a Nature venture that was a bit far afield from its general focus on scientific publishing. Scitable aims to provide online, open access educational materials in the sciences. Anyone can browse the content or follow predefined courses, currently limited to the life sciences. But one thing that you won’t generally spot is ads. Can a resource like this stay free indefinitely? It seems like a lot of scientific publishers are betting that it can, since a number of other free services have launched in the intervening time.

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