On Mar 9, 2005.

Hello Bill,

I think the new open access policy of the American Chemical Society
will interest you, if you have not already read about it.

Still no permission from IUCr to the COD for downloading the CIF files ?

Maybe the COD will obtain permission to download the CIF files from the
ACS before IUCr ? We have already the American Mineralogist
permission (from the beginning in fact).

Best regards,

Armel Le Bail
Universite du Maine

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      [mailto:CHMINF-L@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU] On Behalf Of Adam Chesler
      Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 1:34 PM
      Subject: [CHMINF-L] American Chemical Society broadens access to its articles

      I believe the following will be of interest to readers of this list.

      Links to further information are at the bottom of the press release; you may feel
      free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

      American Chemical Society broadens access to its articles Conditions set for free
      availability one year after publication


      The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is
      broadening access to research articles published in its 33 scholarly
      journals. The Society is introducing two new experimental policies that
      define how readers can view free digital versions of ACS articles beginning
      one year after publication.

      First, in response to public access guidelines recently released by the
      NIH(1), the ACS will post, for public accessibility 12 months after
      publication, the peer-reviewed version of authors' manuscripts on the
      National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central during 2005. The NIH policy
      encourages authors whose work it funds to submit their peer-reviewed
      manuscripts to PubMed Central, the agency's free digital archive of
      biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

      Commenting on this new service, ACS Publications Senior Vice President Brian
      Crawford said, "We understand that NIH-funded authors will wish to comply
      voluntarily with the NIH's policy request. By introducing this service, the
      ACS will take on the administrative burden of compliance and at the same
      time will ensure the integrity of the scientific literature by depositing
      the appropriate author version of the manuscript after peer-review."

      Second, as a value-added service to ACS authors and a method of further
      opening access to its content, the full-text version of all research
      articles published in ACS journals will be made available at no charge via
      an author-directed Web link 12 months after final publication. Allowing
      unrestricted access to articles 12 months after publication is an expansion
      of the Society's current practice of permitting 50 downloads of authors'
      articles free of charge during the first year of publication. This
      initiative will go into effect during 2005.

      "We are very pleased to expand access in this way to research published in
      ACS journals," said Crawford. "It is fundamental to the ACS mission to
      support and promote the research enterprise and to foster communication
      among its scientists. Providing unrestricted access via author-directed
      links 12 months after publication - in addition to the 50 free e-prints
      currently allowed during the first year of publication - reinforces that

      Robert Bovenschulte, president of the ACS Publications Division, said "These
      experimental policies balance the important goal of expanding dissemination
      of research with the need to preserve the integrity of the scientific record
      as well as the viability of our journals program."

      The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the
      U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000
      chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals
      and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational,
      science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in
      Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

      (1) Notice Number NOT-OD-05-022/

      Released: March 7, 2005


      Related Press Releases:

      . American Chemical Society broadens author-directed article access:
      . American Chemical Society policy will offer service to authors of
      NIH-funded research articles: http://pubs.acs.org/pressrelease/nih.html

      Adam Chesler
      Assistant Director, Sales and Library Relations
      American Chemical Society
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      Washington, DC 20036

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