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CAS to Offer Scientists Access to Electronic-Only Documents

Magazine article Information Today

CAS to Offer Scientists Access to Electronic-Only Documents

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CAS, the world's leading provider of chemical and related scientific information, has begun capturing scientific information from cyberspace this year in what is believed to be the first comprehensive effort to ak" and and papers available only on the Internet.

CAS will become an archival source of access to electronic-only documents as it begins covering this medium, the result of new communications technology and the growth of the Internet. Electronic documents, which include journals, conferences where researchers are invited to submit papers, and individually posted papers, will be abstracted and indexed in the same manner that CAS abstracts and indexes printed documents.

Robert J. Massie, CAS director, said, "CAS' role is to provide pathways to scientific information. As the scientific publishing community moves into cyberspace, it will find CAS guideposts already there."

David Weisgerber, editor of Chemical Abstracts, said, "Users are looking for the most current, information. Although the forms these electronic-only documents are taking are somewhat new and still evolving, we think it is important for CAS to begin now to ensure their timely coverage. We have already started to add this new type of reference to our CAplus database. …

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