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American Chemical Society announces agreement with Portico

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American Chemical Society announces agreement with Portico for 
permanent electronic archiving of ACS journal content

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division has 
signed a major archiving agreement with Portico, a not-for-profit 
organization whose mission is to preserve scholarly literature 
published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials 
remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students. 
Portico's electronic archiving service was launched in 2005 with 
support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, The 
Library of Congress, and JSTOR. The agreement assures long-term 
preservation and ongoing access to electronic content from the 
journals of the ACS.

With the signing of this agreement, ACS joins a growing body of 
publishers - currently numbering more than 30 and encompassing 
over 6,000 titles - who have entrusted Portico to provide a 
permanent archive of their journal content, thus enabling 
libraries to migrate more quickly to electronic resources without 
risking future accessibility.

Robert D. Bovenschulte, President of ACS Publications, commented 
on the Portico agreement: "The archiving and preservation of our 
digital content is a key strategic priority for ACS Publications. 
We are delighted to be partnering with Portico as an important 
part of our solution to ensure permanent and ongoing access to 
our essential research in the chemical and related sciences. As 
our institutional customers and ACS members increasingly rely on 
electronic content for their scholarly research, they can be 
assured of ACS Publications' commitment to safeguarding 
electronic access to our journal content for the future."

Eileen Fenton, Executive Director of Portico, commented: "We are 
very pleased that the electronic content of the American Chemical 
Society will be added to the Portico archive. As electronic 
journals have become a vital part of the scholarly record, the 
need for robust, multi-layered archival arrangements has become 
more urgent. We look forward to incorporating ACS journal content 
into Portico's active archive operations, and are delighted to 
serve as the secure repository of this portion of the scholarly 

The Portico archiving agreement complements ACS's participation 
in the CLOCKSS program, which ACS joined in the spring of 2006. 
CLOCKSS is a preservation initiative between publishers, 
libraries, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

The American Chemical Society - the world's largest scientific 
society - is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. 
Congress and a global leader in providing access to 
chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, 
peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main 
offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. The ACS 
Publications Division currently publishes 35 leading 
peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences, 
including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, as well 
as Chemical & Engineering News, the Society's weekly news 

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