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Arguably the most striking recent departure in online publishing has been the succession of initiatives designed to provide free or reduced-rate journal access to the developing world. This article examines the motives behind some of these campaigns and probes the difficulties associated with supplying scientific information equitably, productively, and to an appropriate readership in developing or transitional countries. It considers the strengths and weaknesses of the main solutions currently on offer, while advocating a more unified approach based on the three C's of co-ordination, comprehensiveness, and clarity.
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