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Abstract

THE leading article in NATURE of May 6 has so admirably stated the case for assistance towards the publications of scientific societies that it is almost needless to add further arguments. Nevertheless, there is one point which seems to require attention, namely, that during the last two years, when the pressure of enhanced prices in the printing trade has made itself felt, there has been an attempt on the part of societies subject to this burden to palliate it by means which threaten to change the character of the meetings. To avoid the heavy cost of papers embodying recent research, there has developed a marked tendency to arrange for lectures and demonstrations of a kind which do not require publication in detail, to the disadvantage of original memoirs which demand illustration and extensive text. Should this procedure continue, it is plain that research will suffer, investigators will not be ready to produce the results of their work in the meetings, and the value of the societies' issues will be diminished

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