Where we've come from and where we're going


Lorrin Garson, Publications Division, Publications Division, American Chemical Society (retired), 9929 Bickley Court, Vienna, VA 22181
The development of electronic communications starting in the mid 19th century, followed by the advent of computers in the mid 20th century has led to the nearly ubiquitous electronic availability of chemical information at the start of the 21st century. At present, the great majority of scientific journals are available online. Some of the key events that led to the development of electronic journals, challenges facing scientific-technical-medical publishing, and what the scientific community can expect in the near future will be discussed.