Chemical Literature, Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 1960 Page: 1
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Vol. 12, No. 4 Winter 1960
A NEW JOURNAL FOR A GROWING NEED
In January 1961 the ACS will start publication
of the new JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL DOCUMENTATION
to answer a growing need for an exchange of information
on all aspects of communication in the chemical field.
The new journal will be edited by Dr. Herman Skolnik,
M a nag e r of the Technical Information Division of
Hercules Powder Company. The papers it publishes will
bring together the leading minds and .top training in the
It will be issued twice a year and will publish
some 25 or more papers per issue. Here is a partial list
of some of the articles to look for next year:'
"Data Interchange During the International
"Abbreviations in Russian Chemical Literature"'
"The Technical Editor in Industry"
"French Organic Nomenclature"
"New Kinds of Indexes"
"Editing Organic Abstracts for CHEMICAL
"The Present Status of Forensic Chemistry"
"Detecting Corresponding Patents from Different
"Legislation and Regulations Relating to Air,
Vegetation and Stream Pollution"
"'Nomenclature of Carbohydrates"
Documentation is concerned with every phase of
a document from idea conception to production, through
publication, need and selection of the document by a
user, reading and retrieval of information, its reworking
and correlating to the user's needs and purposes. Documentation
takes an increasing number of forms today
and uses a growing variety of techniques.
It covers such areas as: classification, searching,
organization and dissemination of information, new tools
and equipment, new techniques, the use of mechanical
and electronic machines for documentation, and systems
for using these machines.
Since the subject of documentation will continue
to grow, the scope of JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL DOCUMENTATION
will keep broadening. The field is alive
with new developments. More and more companies are
setting up technical-information centers. More libraries
are expanding their services. More disciplines are in
terested in the field of information: not only chemists
and allied scientists but also linguists, writers, publishers,
systems experts and librarians, machine designers,
and printers. Documentation takes in science,
logic and semantics, printing, duplicating, microreproduction,
transmission and distribution, foreign languages,
and library science.
Subscriptions can be entered at $7.00 a year for
ACS members (or $10.00 a year for nonmembers) by
writing the American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth
Street, N.W., Washington 6, D.C.
A NOTE FROM THE PAST-CHAIRMAN
OF THE DIVISION
YEAR BY YEAR
Office of Documentation
National Academy of Sciences
National Research Council
There are those who feel that anniversaries and
annual changes in officers need not be given any special
notice. I am not one of them.
It is salutary to have one's thoughts turned to
the weighing of accomplishment and failure, and I accept
this opportunity to indulge in the game of "past and
First, to go back. It becomes ever clearer to me
that 1958 was a milestone in documentation. In addition
to the International Conference on Scientific Information,
held ten years after the Royal Society Conference, it
was also in 1958 that the Office of Science Information
Service of the National Science Foundation was organized
in its present form.
It seems likely that the next year will also be
such a period for the Division. In addition to the new
Journal of Chemical Documentation which has had
Division backing for some time, the level of value of
the program is likely to rise because of the new responsibility
of the Chairman-Elect.
The opportunity is clearly before us to make the
Division an increasingly useful part of the Society. You
can help those you elected by cooperating in the programs
and committee activities.
October 21, 1960
Karl F. Heumann
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