On August 28, 2008, I began editing another blog, entitled: “Cancer Stem Cell News“:
A blog of news items related to cancer stem cells, with an emphasis on recent research and articles that are openly accessible.
It’s a blog of the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC):
The Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC) is a groundbreaking organization founded in 2007 by a group of Canadian funding agencies to support international collaboration on a promising new front in the fight against cancer—research on cancer stem cells, which direct the growth of the many kinds of tumours.
I’m a member of the Board of the CSCC, and have taken initial responsibility for the CSCC blog in order to highlight the advantages of improved access to news and publications about the rapidly-expanding field of research on cancer stem cells. An interim analysis of a randomized controlled trial (BMJ 2008(July 31);337:a568) has already provided additional strong evidence that open access increases the dissemination of scientific articles. See a comment of mine about this trial:
The enhanced transfer of knowledge to those whose access currently is restricted because of price barriers is an important example of the advantages of OA.