Co-operative Indexing of Periodical Literature


THE following remarks refer to the periodical literature of science alone. The present lack of system in indexing this leads, we all know, to a huge waste of energy. If this could be saved by intelligent cooperation it might be set free for more profitable work. The leading article in NATURE of June 9 may help towards this both by the information that it gives and by that which it may elicit. For example, it recognises that a necessary preliminary is a survey of the periodicals in the libraries, and it states that for the United Kingdom such a survey was prepared in 1914–15 and is in MS. at the British Museum. This can scarcely have been within the knowledge of the Conjoint Board of Scientific Societies when it issued a recent appeal for this information to the scientific libraries of London, nor can it have been known to the Zoological Record Committee of the Zoological Society when it still more recently instructed its editor to make a similar survey for its own purposes. If NATURE can help forward the publication of a complete survey it will do good service.

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BATHER, F. Co-operative Indexing of Periodical Literature. Nature 107, 550 (1921).

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