Global Reach of ACS Publications

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Expanding Global Access
CAIP Meeting
September 22, 2000
Mission Statement
Provide to its members and to the worldwide
scientific community a comprehensive
collection, in any medium, of high-quality
information products and services that
advance the practice of the chemical and
related sciences.
International Goals
• Provide the highest quality research from
the global research community
• Increase worldwide distribution of content
• Increase global usage
• Increase number of global licenses
Global Factors
• Global collaboration among scientists
• Global market for scientific information
• Global recognition and appeal of ACS
• Web technology driving change
• Country-wide licenses for electronic
ACS International Scope
• International editors and offices increasing
• 55.35% of manuscripts are published by
corresponding authors outside the U.S.
• Highest cited and most heavily used
publications in chemistry
• SPARC Projects increasing global
awareness (OL, CGD)
The Web Environment
Publishing at the “Speed of Science”
Building global community
Improving cycle times
Increasing usage of ACS Web Editions (ca.
10% per month)
• Digitizing backfile
• Examining Preprints vs. Prepublication
Preprint Servers
• Extensive discussions with ACS journal
• 1999 survey of ACS members (organic,
analytical, physical, polymers/materials,
biochemistry, pharmaceutical, applied
energy) produced mixed reviews, serious
• Other scientific disciplines (e.g. physics)
have a tradition with preprints
Preprint Servers (Cont.)
• ACS is monitoring the development of and
the response to preprint servers in chemistry
Prepublication Examples
• ACS Articles ASAP delivers fully-edited
and peer-reviewed articles two weeks to
three months ahead of print
• ORGANIC LETTERS receipt to publication:
7 weeks
• JBC peer-reviewed unedited articles posted
in advance
Global Presence
• ACS has three account managers in North
• ACS has two international representatives
based in the U.K and Latin America
• Established global exhibit presence (e.g.
London Online, Global SLA, Frankfurt
Book Fair)
• International authors campaign
Global Access
• International consortia (e.g. Australia,
Finland, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Taiwan)
• Global usage is increasing
• Exclusive agent in Japan
Developing Country
• History of donating subscriptions to
developing countries (e.g. over 800
subscriptions to Science Journals Donation
Program in 1997 and 1998).
• Participate in Project Bookshare
• ACS has announced FREE Articles ASAP
Developing Country
Initiatives (Cont.)
• Working with ACS governance and other
divisions to develop solutions
Questions for Future
• What criteria distinguish potential
subscribers from gratis access users?
• Will expanded usage degrade performance?
• What safeguards are needed to prevent
unauthorized redistribution?
2000 and Beyond
• Expand international presence
• Increase global corporate & consortial
• For developing countries, continue to look
at ways to collaborate and encourage global
• Test new models