TIBS/bionet.journals.letters.tibs is ready!
biohelp at net.bio.net
Thu Jan 5 13:35:53 EST 1995
The TIBS/bionet.journals.letters.tibs newsgroup is ready for
operation. This newsgroup is moderated, i.e., all postings are
forwarded to a moderator/editor and are reviewed prior to
distribution. The newsgroup charter is appended below followed by
detailed usage instructions and information on how to search the
newsgroup archives. *Please save* this message for future reference
if you intend to participate in this newsgroup.
Information for TIBS/bionet.journals.letters.tibs
USENET newsgroup name: bionet.journals.letters.tibs (MODERATED)
Moderator address: tibs-moderator at net.bio.net
Mailing list name: TIBS
E-mail posting addresses: tibs at net.bio.net
tibs at daresbury.ac.uk
Moderators: Jo McEntyre
Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Elsevier Trends Journals
68 Hills Road
UK CB2 1LA
Phone:  223 315961
Fax:  223 464430
TIBS at elsevier.co.uk
biosci-help at net.bio.net
The TIBS/bionet.journals.letters.tibs newsgroup will be used to
encourage feedback and discussion on articles published previously in
the hardcopy issue of "Trends in Biochemical Sciences." It will, in
essence, serve as an electronic "Letters to the Editor" and a
discussion forum. This will be a moderated newsgroup, and all
contributions will be reviewed by Jo McEntyre at TIBS prior to
posting. Contributions to this newsgroup may be considered for
publication in a future issue of TIBS.
To enable the readers to follow the discussion on the newsgroup more
easily, i.e., to make the forum reasonably self-contained, the
moderators encourage prospective contributors to briefly introduce the
section of the TIBS article they wish to discuss (including the
article reference) as part of their post.
The purpose of the moderation process in this group will be primarily
to filter out messages that might be construed as personal attacks, so
we do not expect issues of censorship to arise. Nevertheless, the
moderators also remind prospective participants that an unmoderated
BIOSCI newsgroup, JRNLNOTE/bionet.journals.note, can be used to
discuss issues about any journal without editorial intervention. TIBS
bears no responsibility for opinions posted to that newsgroup.
PLEASE NOTE that many USENET sites do not allow automatic creation of
new USENET groups!!! If you do not see bionet.journals.letters.tibs
in your newsreader within another day or two, ask your news system
administrator to act on our "newgroup" message to enable the group at
your site. We have already done several tests and are certain that
the group is currently propagating around the network. If he/she can
not find the newsgroup message, have them retrieve the bionet
checkgroups message from the anonymous FTP area on net.bio.net in
pub/BIOSCI/doc/bionet-checkgroups-msg. This file contains the latest
list of bionet USENET newsgroups and can be used to update your bionet
distribution. If the newgroup did not arrive at your site, it may
also be necessary for your news administrator to contact the upstream
computer site providing you with your newsfeed and determine if they
acted on the newgroup message.
Subscribing to this group:
IF YOU USE USENET NEWS (the vastly superior, better organized, and
thus timesaving means of participating in newsgroups as opposed to
archaic e-mail subscriptions!!): you need do nothing other than
participate in bionet.journals.letters.tibs when it appears in your
newsreader. Depending upon your news software, this may entail having
to answer a prompt indicating that you want to subscribe. You might
also try the command "g bionet.journals.letters.tibs" in rn-like
newsreaders in order to add the group to your newsgroup list.
IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE BY EMAIL AND IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN EUROPE,
AFRICA, OR CENTRAL ASIA: please send the word
in the body of your message to MXT at dl.ac.uk to retrieve general server
usage instructions. To subscribe to the TIBS list, first
be sure that you are sending mail from the address at which you wish
to receive news postings, and then send
to MXT at dl.ac.uk. This message will be automatically read by the
computer and your e-mail address will be extracted from the mail
header and added to the list.
IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE BY EMAIL AND IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE
AMERICAS OR THE PACIFIC RIM: log in to the computer account in which
you would like to receive mail (not an account that you use
infrequently) and send a mail message to the Internet address
biosci-server at net.bio.net
Leave the Subject: line of the message blank and enter the following
line into the body of the mail message:
This message will be automatically read by our computer. Your e-mail
address will be extracted from the mail header and added to the list.
Canceling your e-mail subscription:
IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN EUROPE, AFRICA, OR CENTRAL ASIA: first be sure
that you are sending mail from the address at which you signed up to
receive news postings, and then send the command (in the body of your
to MXT at dl.ac.uk. This message will be automatically read by the
computer, and your e-mail address will be extracted from the mail
header and removed from the list.
IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE AMERICAS OR THE PACIFIC RIM: send a message
to biosci-server at net.bio.net exactly as described above for
subscribing except include the text
in the body of the message. Please be sure to send the message from
the account whose address matches the one on the list. If your
address differs, we will be notified automatically and will remove you
manually from the list if we can determine your old address. Please
contact biosci-help at net.bio.net if you have problems.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM:
Please send a message to one of the following addresses depending upon
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci-help at net.bio.net Americas and the Pacific Rim
and someone on the staff will help you. PLEASE DO NOT send mail to
our personal e-mail addresses as this will delay a response to your
request for help.
How to post a message to the group:
If you use news, simply post a message into
bionet.journals.letters.tibs. Be sure to set your "Distribution:" to
"world" (omit the quotes) or else the message might not leave your
To post by e-mail, mail your message to one of the following addresses
depending upon your location:
Posting Address Location
tibs at daresbury.ac.uk Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
tibs at net.bio.net Americas and the Pacific Rim
Your message will forwarded to the moderator for review and may or may
not be posted depending upon whether or not your message conforms to
the newsgroup purpose and moderation policy.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND SUBSCRIPTION REQUESTS TO THE POSTING ADDRESSES!
Please use the e-mail server addresses as indicated above.
How to reply to a message on the group:
If you are using a newsreader, simply use the reply or follow-up
command on your newsreader (generally "r" or "f" but these vary from
program to program) to send either private or public replies.
If you are using e-mail, replies to messages that you receive will
*NOT* be automatically returned to the group. This is the standard
for Internet mailing lists as opposed to BITNET LISTSERVs which often
send all replies back to everyone. You must be certain that your
reply contains either of the two newsgroup posting addresses above in
your message header if you want to share it with everyone on the
group. Otherwise in most cases your reply may go back to only the
original poster of the message to which you are replying. Private
messages addressed to the original poster of the message are not
reviewed by the moderator but postings to the newsgroup address will
ALWAYS be certain that you examine the address on your messages before
you send them!!! Since this is a moderated group, you may be able to
cancel a message sent by mistake if you contact the moderator promptly
before he/she posts the message. On unmoderated newsgroups, there
would be no way to stop a mistaken message.
Some non-Internet compliant mail systems may attempt to send replies
to our error-trapping address called BIOSCI-REQUEST. If yours does
this, please be sure to readdress your message to tibs at net.bio.net or
tibs at daresbury.ac.uk if you want to send it to the newsgroup.
How to look at archives of the list:
Archives for TIBS/bionet.journals.letters.tibs are kept in the
anonymous FTP account at net.bio.net [18.104.22.168]. Look in the
directory pub/BIOSCI/TIBS for posting archives. Each file is assigned
a date such as 9501 for January 1995. Please note that ours is a UNIX
system and all file and directory names are case-sensitive, i.e.,
upper case file names are different from lower case names.
You can also access these same files via Gopher if you start a gopher
session using net.bio.net as your gopher server. Gopher also allows
you to view the individual messages within each monthly archive file.
The files are in the TIBS directory. Postings to
bionet.journals.letters.tibs are also WAIS indexed and can be searched
via either gopher or WAIS at our site. In gopher the option at
net.bio.net is "Search Bionet USENET Articles" and in WAIS one should
use the WAIS source biosci.src. This is a WAIS index of all
BIOSCI/bionet messages including this newsgroup. Please see the
BIOSCI FAQ for details. The FAQ can be requested from
biosci-help at net.bio.net. Finally, you can also access the archives
via WWW/Mosaic. The URL is gopher://net.bio.net/ and you can run the
WAIS archive searches in your WWW browser software window after
connecting to our site.
Once again, if you have any administrative questions that require
personal assistance, please address them to biosci-help at net.bio.net in
the U.S. or biosci at daresbury.ac.uk in the UK.
Best wishes for a successful newsgroup!
biosci-help at net.bio.net
More information about the Bionews