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analytical chemistry Editor: Herbert A. Laitinen EDITORIAL HEADQUARTERS 1155 Sixteenth St.. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 Phone: 202-872-4570 Teletype: 710-8220151 Managing Associate Associate Assistant

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The New Copyright Law Under the new United States copyright law, which became effective January 1, 1978, the author becomes the owner of a copyright to his work immediately upon ils completion. To permit the ACS to continue its past practice of holding copyright on individual articles published in its journals, it has become necessary to obtain transfer of copyright from the authors of each paper. The form for such a transfer and an accompanying letter of explanation are presented on ρ 96Α of the current issue. It is important to emphasize that the ACS does not through this procedure abridge the rights that its authors have traditionally enjoyed, as spelled out in the explanatory letter. Authors may submit the transfer form at the time of submitting the manu­ script, or they will be provided forms with the acknowledgment letter. If for any reason manuscript is not published, copyright is not transferred and the form will be returned to the author. A single author is empowered to obtain the consent of co-authors and execute the form. The procedure outlined above has been carefully worked out by ACS management in consultation with staff and journal editors to entail the least disturbance of its traditional practice, to protect the rights of authors, and to guard the ACS journals against erosion from unauthorized reproduction of individual articles. An important provision of the new law is a requirement that large-scale users seek permission and pay royalties for copying beyond the limits of fair use. In approving this provision, the Congress in an accompanying report urged the copyright owners and users to set up a convenient centralized mechanism to facilitate royalty payments. To this end, the Association of American Publishers in cooperation with others has set up the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. This will permit large-scale users of technical, scientific, and medical articles to work through a single agency rather than with hundreds of individual journal publishers. Beginning in January 1978, each ACS journal will use an article-identification code on the first page of each article to permit computer identification of the individual publisher and article. This will permit the Copyright Clearance Center to allocate payments to the proper sources and to keep records of the numbers of copies of each article. The publisher will retain the right to establish whether a given article will carry a copying fee, and what the fee will be. These new procedures constitute an important step towards solving the difficult problem of taking advantage of new technology in the dissemination of information and yet protecting the rights of publishers and of individttal authors.

Published by the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 1155 16th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 Books and Journals Division Director: D. H. Michael Bowen Editorial: Charles R. Bertsch Magazine and Production: Bacil Guiley Research and Development: Seldon W. Terrant Circulation Development: Marion Gurfein Manuscript requirements are published in the January 1978 issue, page 189. Manuscripts for publication (4 copies) should be submitted to ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY at the ACS Wash­ ington address. The American Chemical Society and its editors assume no responsibility for the statements and opinions advanced by contributors. Views ex­ pressed in the editorials are those of the editors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the American Chemical Society.

Publisher's Note To conform to provisions of U.S. copyright law effective January I, W7H, the American Chemical Society is instituting new procedures. Contributors and readers will notice two changes: J) Authors will be required to transfer copyright to ACS by means of a simple form. The relationship between the Society and the author will remain unchanged, hoivever, since under prior copyright law ACS has in fact been the copyright owner of individua I articles. 2) Issues published after 1/1/78 will have a multiple-digit code at trie foot of the first page of most articles. This code signifies ACS participation in the nol-jor-prolit Copyright Clearance Center. Operation of the Center will permit libraries and other institutions to reproduce lega lly and without delay journal articles beyond "fair use " as described in the new law and accompanying guidelines. Questions on the new copyright law or ACS procedures may be addressed to the Office of the Director, Books and Journals Division, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th Street, M. W., Washington, U.C. 20036. Or call (202) 872-4556 or 4367.