Scholarly communications has become a battlefield over the past four or five years. Researchers, funders, publishers and librarians have debated how best to exploit the opportunities presented by new technologies to maximise access to the information resources that researchers create. Researchers now expect immediate access to articles in scholarly journals and other information resources directly on their desktop; and there is potential to transform the provision of information still further, through text-mining and linking different information sources together.

It is in this context that the RIN has brought together the key players, and they have reached agreement on the principles and goals at the heart of the scholarly communications process. We are particularly pleased to have achieved such a convergence of views in the UK.

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