Public Library of Science / License

Laurent Guerby guerby at
Tue Dec 17 10:01:13 UTC 2002

Hi, it might be interesting to support


And to have a look to their license for articles


I included the license at the end of this email, note
that they have an email <license at>
for comments about the license.

Laurent Guerby <guerby at>

Please direct comments to license at

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