Chemical Society Defends Policy on Open-Access Publishing

An anonymous e-mail message accusing the American Chemical Society of opposing open-access publishing in order to preserve the profitability of its journals — and, in turn, the bonuses that its top executives receive — has prompted a public defense from the chair of the society's Board of Directors.

The open-access movement seeks to make scientific literature freely available. Executives from the chemical society have opposed legislation that would impose such