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Harvard is making an institutional commitment to open-access publishing, and several leading universities are now preparing to follow its example. Traditional publishers responded to the research community’s interest in wider access to medical science with a strategy unlikely to send a positive signal to the medical research community, such as cost-cutting and job losses. Confronting a future in which the next 20 years may change more than the past 200, editors and publishers should instead join doctors in working to achieve the highest standards of health for the community.