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[*] posted on 16-5-2012 at 19:08
ACS becoming a for profit entity?

Judging from the outrageously high cost of SciFinder subscriptions and doing STN searches I wonder what happened and why did we let it happen? CAS should be free. Certainly it should be at cost or subsidized by our dues.

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[*] posted on 17-5-2012 at 10:36

ACS members have noted for some time that being a member does not bring substantial benefits in terms of access to ACS publications; not CAS, not journals, not books. CAS brings in more money than journals and far more money than membership dues. I don't know how ACS came to promote its bottom line ahead of its members' interests, but that seems to be the state of things.

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[*] posted on 19-5-2012 at 18:31

The whole field of chemistry seems to be for profit anymore. Hardly anyone is doing anything that is fundamental research today. Most research today is geared to create quick results and hopefully a heavily government subsidized company for a university research park.

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