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Chemical Information Bulletin Vol. 62(1) Spring 2010
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
This first issue of the Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB), which
will be published online, is still "a work in progress." Many readers
of CIB have told us that they will miss the print, as they could carry it
to the ACS National Meeting, check the Technical Program sessions,
the times for the social events, and read the interviews. The print
version of CIB has existed since 1949-we celebrated its 60th
anniversary last year. In this first online issue we have preserved the
format of the print, so that this change could be experienced more
gradually and those who needed to carry it to the meeting could just
print it out. The Bulletin will be adopting a more "online look" in the
Having the journal published online will allow us to provide more current information, as we will not be
bound by the restrictions of a printing process. Also, the Bulletin will be available as an open-access
publication that anybody can access. There will be more content, as we will not be concerned about the
high cost of printing and mailing. We are starting a new column, Book Reviews, and I would like to
thank our colleague Bob Buntrock for proposing it and for volunteering to manage it. Rajarshi Guha,
the Chair of the Technical Programming Committee, has provided highlights of the technical program for
the San Francisco meeting.
In this issue we have three interviews that reflect the views of three people with very different careers. In
her interview, Bonnie Lawlor tells us about her role in the information industry and gives us an insight
into the inner workings of the Institute for Scientific Information. ACS and CINF have established close
relationships with German organizations involved in chemical information. Readers of this issue will
learn not only about one of these organizations, FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, from an interview with its
managing director, Rene Deplanque, but also about the past and the present of the chemical information
field in Germany and how he feels about the unification of the country.
Some of you may have noticed that I am particularly interested in the history of chemistry. For this issue,
I did an interview with Eric Scerri, who presents a philosopher's view on the Periodic Table of the
Elements and talks about its significance.
I would like to mention that the interview with David Lide, former editor-in-chief of the Handbook of
Chemistry and Physics that was included in the previous (Fall, 2009) issue of the Bulletin was also
published in the November, 2009, issue of Against the Grain and can be viewed at
As we embark on a new venture with this issue, we would like to hear from you. Tell us what content you
would like to see in the Bulletin, and what format would be most convenient to use and pleasing to read.
Enjoy the issue!
Svetla Baykoucheva, Editor
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