The move towards free, crowdsourced academic journals continues. A Palo Alto-based team launched Cureus , a new online medical journal, this week. Cureus offers physicians an opportunity to publish papers online for a mass audience while retaining copyrights, unlike traditional journals. Creator John Adler, a Stanford neurosurgeon, told  the San Francisco Chronicle's Victoria Colliver that "we're trying to take the huge revolution in communication and blend it with the medical world [...] Medical journals are still stuck in this 200-year-old paradigm."
Most medical journals are locked behind paywalls online; the Internet's largest free database of medical journal articles, PubMed Central , has large content gaps. A somewhat similar project at Cornell University to offer free access to physics, mathematics, and computer science papers, arXiv , has become an academic staple in recent years. Earlier in 2012, Harvard University openly criticized  the high cost of medical journals.
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