World system for abstracting and indexing


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The International Council of Scientific Unions Abstracting Board (ICSU AB) at its annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio in July agreed to proceed with a plan for the first stage of a world system for abstracting and indexing services for science and technology. The member services of the ICSU Abstracting Board are Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts, Bibliographie des Sciences de la Terre, Bibliography and Index of Geology, Biosciences Information Service of Biological Abstracts, Bulletin Signalétique, Chemical Abstracts Service, Chemischer Informationsdienst, Science Abstracts, Physikalische Berichte, Referativnyi Zhurnal, and Zentralblatt fur Mathematik.

The first-stage plan defines guidelines for cooperation among the member services of the Abstracting Board in the acquisition, selection, and exchange of documents for coverage by the services. It is aimed primarily at eliminating much of the duplication in journal acquisition that exists among the world's principal abstracting and indexing services.