ERIC Number: ED027188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Physical Science and Engineering Societies in the United States as Publishers, 1939-1964.
The study attempted to (1) identify and delineate the factors that influence engineering and physical science organization publishing activities in the United States between 1939 and 1964, (2) describe the effects of these influences on the publishing activities and publications of organizations, and (3) to assess the role of the organization as an agent in the communication and control of scienfific and technical information. Six organizations were examined: American Chemical Society, American Society of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Lubrication Engineers, and the Mineralogical Society of America. Six elements of major influence in shaping organization publishing activities are reported. Some other major findings were (1) traditional authority of editors, reporting forms, and styles remained, (2) the distribution of scientific and technical papers in journals remained the chief publishing activity of organizations and the only one common to all, (3) organizations have not been inventive of new methods and systems of communicating and storing information, and (4) financial support for organizational publishing activities shifted sharply toward institutional support through advertising, higher institutional dues, and higher subscription rates. (BC)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Doctoral Dissertations, Engineering, Financial Support, Information Dissemination, Physical Sciences, Professional Associations, Publications
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY.
Identifiers: American Chemical Society; American Nuclear Society; American Society of Lubrication Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers