Without question, the electronic age is speeding up information access. For example, from a computer desktop in his or her office, a subscriber to the online edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) can browse the latest issue shortly after it comes out each Friday, rather than waiting days or weeks for mail delivery. For readers in the Far East and Australia, this could mean months. Online delivery also offers significant savings in postage.
'MURKY FUTURE': American Chemical Society’s Robert Bovenschulte acknowledges the difficulty of predicting trends.