Professional communication



Michael Church's contribution to ‘Forum’ in the October issue of EOS is another in a long series of sincere requests on the part of scholars for some courage in the professional and learned societies to break the bonds that are binding us in our information system.

I would like to see the AGU break these bonds soon by doing precisely what Michael Church suggests: insist that each author submitting a paper for publication submits an abstract of the contents and conclusions that conforms to a fairly rigid specification to be laid down by the editor. These abstracts would then be published in a reunited JGR along with one or two articles or papers selected because of their merit that would appear in full length. I differ from Michael Church in my suggestion that the abstracts be printed in a reunited JGR because I think EOS has a special role to play, which it is doing very well, and should not be expected to participate in this particular venture.