Chemical Literature, Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 1952 Page: 3
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Secretary and Treasurer be elected for two-year
terms on alternate years. The section of the
by-laws covering elections also needs simplification
Publication Policy: The future of Chemical
Literature was discussed at some length. Should
it become more than merely the news bulletin?
Should it publish papers presented before the
Division? The Society's Constitution defines a
divisional publication as being restricted to a
news bulletin. Dr. Murphy feels that it is time
for the Society to look over its publication
policy-that it is not now adequate nor will it
be satisfactory in the future. It has been suggested
that the Board of Directors study the
whole problem. Since a fundamental decision will
have to be made, a reasonable time must be allowed
for the necessary study. Any new journal
undertaken by the Society should be self-supporting.
Dr. Murphy questioned the amount of advertising
that Chemical Literature can count on.
The Division definitely needs a bulletin for
broadside distribution of news and notices, and
advertising can help defray the cost of such a
bulletin, but a decision to solicit and obtain
enough advertising to support a journal, especially
considering the highly competitive nature
of technical advertising solicitation, cannot
fail to pose a grave problem.
Preprinting of papers presented before the
Division appeared to be no answer to the problem
of their eventual publication. A Division cannot
sell preprints outside its own membership to
help defray the cost of preparing them, and then
again, why should the Society journals publish
a paper already rather widely distributed? The
"Advances in Chemistry" series seems a good
place for grouped papers of the Division-on this
point all were agreed. General papers could be
fitted into broad categories, and symposia offer
an excellent opportunity for unit publication.
Future programs can be planned with such publication
in mind. Careful preview of papers, by
improving the quality and cutting down unnecessary
length, will spare the audience any tediousness
and help in the problem of publication.
Programs should be carefully planned, be nonrepetitive,
and be aimed at the needs and interest
of the listener or reader. The Committee on
Improvement of Papers is preparing hints to
authors which should aid in improving both presentation
Meanwhile, Chemical Literature will continue
in its present status until such time as the
Society may lay down new policies on publica
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