Dear Fellow Chemist,
I am writing to inform you of an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled, As Chemistry Journals' Prices Rise, a Librarian Just Says No. The article discussed the trials SUNY Potsdam has in obtaining reasonable rates for ACS Journal Subscriptions. A conflict of interest exists between college ACS accreditation and ACS journal subscription. As we all know, access to the literature is essential for continues growth in our chosen careers and for ACS accreditation of our departments. As chemists, it is our blood, sweat, and tears which goes into performing the research, writing the papers, and reviewing articles. I myself have reviewed books, articles, and grants for the ACS without compensation. However, my institution is now unable to subscribe to ACS Journals due to costs and the powers that be at the ACS do not want a continuing dialogue about subscription rates. Most of us are ACS members. Its time members take control. This is our organization, we perform the research, write the papers, review the articles. All of this, the academic community does without charge. In return, the ACS should provide the journals at an affordable rate. ACS and academia have a symbiotic relationship, they need to be reminded of this. Please forward this information to mount continued pressure on the society to serve its membership better.
Dr. Clifford Rossiter