Industry Societies

When discussing the subject of periodicals published by societies and commercial publishers, articles are identified usually by issue, and/or volume, date, and page number. Bibliographic control is excellent, and it is usually a routing matter to obtain a copy of a desired article. However, some problems exist such as periodicals that are known by more than one name, and the use of nonstandard abbreviations. Using the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) that accurately identifies each publication solves both of these problems. With the increasing size and use of automated databases one should consider using ISSN or some other standard.

An important source of the latest information is from papers presented at conferences where the sponsoring agency is frequendy a professional society (such as Society of Plastics Engineers) or a department of a university (such as the Plastics Dept., University of Massachusetts Lowell). These conferences are usually annual affairs.

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