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December 16, 1999

New Site Established for Major Scientific Electronic Archive

Ridge, NY -- The American Physical Society (APS) is establishing, in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the first electronic mirror in the United States for the Los Alamos e-Print Archive. The Archive allows authors of physics articles to post their papers on-line and, in its short life, has become an essential resource for physics research. The mirror, a duplicate web-site updated daily, will provide wider and faster access to the heavily used Archive.

Scientists around the world access the Archive to immediately find out about new developments and directions in research, without having to wait for these to appear in a hard copy journal. Posting on the Archive serves authors as an adjunct or an alternative to publication in a traditional physics journal. Created in 1991 by Los Alamos physicist Paul Ginsparg and known informally as XXX after the original web site at xxx.lanl.gov, the Archive presently contains over 100,000 papers in physics and related fields. It operates with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy. To speed and facilitate access, the Archive is already mirrored at 14 sites around the world.

APS Editor-in-Chief Martin Blume and Deputy Director Peter Paul of Brookhaven National Laboratory led the collaboration. APS initiated and organized the project, obtained the required equipment and will participate in further software development; Brookhaven is providing space and internet access. Eventually, the APS/BNL mirror could move beyond a passive duplication of the XXX Archive to become a second site for submission of articles and vetting for suitability and size.

The electronic mirror of the Los Alamos e-Print archive, newly established by the American Physical Society (APS) and Brookhaven National Laboratory can be accessed at either http://xxx.aps.org/ or http://xxx.bnl.gov/.

The American Physical Society is the world's largest organization of physicists, with 42,000 members in academia, government, and industry, in the US and abroad.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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