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The Long-Range Planning Committee had sent out a poll to the division members and one of the
questions pertained to the Chemical Information Bulletin. In this editorial suggestions for improving
the Bulletin and general comments expressed in the poll will be addressed.
The most common request and one that has been commented on over the years concerns the
mailing of the Bulletin prior to the ACS National Meetings. The Bulletin is mailed five to six weeks
before a national meeting. This is sufficient time for members to receive the newsletter before attending
the meeting but it mailed third class bulk rate. This class is mailed out on a space available
basis and some areas seem to receive the Bulletin within a week after being mailed while others do
not receive it for several weeks.
Readers would like to see more material such as articles, editorials, news about members, profiles
on members and officers, suggestion box, want ads, news items, book reviews, etc. If any of the
above items pertaining to chemical information and related areas and any news about members
concerning their professional activities is submitted it will be published. Due to the timeliness of
want ads it is not feasible to publish these items. There is almost a two months lapse from the deadline
for the copy to be received by the editor and when the Bulletin is mailed.
Another item brought up in the poll that has been requested in the past is publishing the Bulletin
quarterly. Presently, the newsletter is published three times a year. The bulk of the Spring and Summer
editions is composed of abstracts for the Spring and Fall ACS National Meetings. These abstracts
contain the full address of the author and/or authors of the paper. The Fall/Winter issue contains
the membership directory. If there was enough material to publish a fourth issue then one
would be published. Beginning with this issue the deadline for the next edition of the Bulletin will be
printed within the news items. Anyone wishing to submit copy for the next issue will have the opportunity
to do so. If people from other areas submit articles andlor editorials and information about
meetings in their area, interest will shift from being oriented towards the Mid-Atlantic and North
East areas and also there would be articles from other members and not the usual four or five people.
The following items are not related to one another but were commented on so they will be addressed
in this paragraph. Some readers wanted a section highlighting technical symposia given at
previous national meetings and articles on technology and application to chemistry but these items
are journal type information and not suited for a newsletter. Use of abbreviations in the abstracts
was asked to be eliminated. These abbreviations are from ACS and they will have to be the ones to
eliminate their use. The Spring and Summer issues lists CINF topics and deadlines for future meetings
and also lists tentative future topics. It was requested to increase the size of the print in the
Bulletin. In the Spring 1985 issue the print size will be enlarged somewhat for easier reading.
If anyone has any comments to make concerning items covered in this editorial, or any additional
comments to make, or had made comments in the poll that were not touched upon here feel free to
call or write the editor. The editor's address and telephone number is listed in the 1984 functionaries
on the last page of this issue. The Chemical Information Bulletin is a newsletter for the division
members and should be a tool for them to express their points of view and pass along any information
they feel is important.
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