Could the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, actually be
getting less unAmerican? A couple of years ago on this bulletin board the
charge that PNAS was unAmerican provoked much correspondence. It was pointed
out that the requirement that a Member transmit your paper to PNAS meant that
in practice PNAS was a closed shop. Most members seem to preciously guard their
right to sponsor six papers a year, for their buddies.
Now PNAS has announced that, from Jan 1st, non-members can submit directly
to the Academy, where the papers will be matched with appropriate sponsors.
Presumably, if a particular sponsor's quota is already taken, Academy officials
will do the footwork of hunting around for an alternative.
This is a great improvement over the past position. However, PNAS should
really go as far as the UK Proceedings of the Royal Society, where the submis-
sion processs is completely independent of the Members.
Don Forsdyke, Discussion Leader,