Evolving APS Copyright Policy (American Physical Society)

From: Martin Blume <blume_at_bnl.gov>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1999 14:51:04 +0000


Contact: Arthur Smith, American Physical Society
                Karen McNulty, Brookhaven National Laboratory
                631-344-8350 or 2345

Ridge, NY -- The American Physical Society (APS) is establishing, in
cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the first electronic
mirror in the United States for the Los Alamos e-Print Archive. The
Archive allows authors of physics articles to post their papers on-line
and, in its short life, has become an essential resource for physics
research. The mirror, a duplicate web-site updated daily, will provide
wider and faster access to the heavily used Archive. It can be accessed
at http://xxx.aps.org/ .

Scientists around the world access the Archive to immediately find out
about new developments and directions in research, without having to
wait for these to appear in a hard copy journal. Posting on the Archive
serves authors as an adjunct or an alternative to publication in a
traditional physics journal. Created in 1991 by Los Alamos physicist
Paul Ginsparg and known informally as XXX after the original web site
at xxx.lanl.gov, the Archive presently contains over 100,000 papers in
physics and related fields. It operates with support from the U.S.
National Science Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the
U.S. Department of Energy. To speed and facilitate access, the Archive
is already mirrored at 14 sites around the world.

APS Editor-in-Chief Martin Blume and Deputy Director Peter Paul of
Brookhaven National Laboratory led the collaboration. APS initiated and
organized the project, obtained the required equipment and will
participate in further software development; Brookhaven is providing
space and internet access. Eventually, the APS/BNL mirror could move
beyond a passive duplication of the XXX Archive to become a second site
for submission of articles and vetting for suitability and size.

The American Physical Society is the world's largest organization of
physicists, with 42,000 members in academia, government, and industry,
in the US and abroad. The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven
National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to
university, industrial and government personnel for research in the
physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy
technologies.The APS Editorial Offices are located across the highway
from Brookhaven National Laboratory in eastern Long Island.
Received on Wed Feb 10 1999 - 19:17:43 GMT

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