Making chemistry globally accessible

Chemical web guru Peter Murray-Rust of Cambridge University writes in Nature Horizons how Moves by chemists to help computers access the scientific literature have boosted the drive to make scientific information freely available to all. He explains how the emerging world of e-science or "cyberscholarship", is leading to so-called web 2.0 tools that support multidisciplinary and collaborative science and allow chemists and others to share information in a form that is readable globally. He points out that if chemistry is to help us address worldwide problems then it must be as open as possible and suggests a new model based on chemical-information credits, as opposed to journal subscriptions that might enable such openness to become commercially viable.