COMP Association with JMGM

 There have been several comments and concerns recently with respect to Don
 Boyd's recent email posting regarding the American Chemical Society's
 Division of Computers in Chemistry's relationship with the Elsevier, and in
 particular, the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling (JMGM), Although
 I have responded in the past to some concerns, I felt it was important to
 elucidate precisely what the relationship is regarding JMGM and COMP, as
 well as the rationale to why the COMP Executive Committee entered into this
 agreement with Elsevier.
 The agreement between COMP and JMGM was developed over an 18 month period,
 concluding about a year ago.  It was felt by the COMP Executive Committee
 that current ACS journals to do not adequately address all of areas of
 interest of COMP members, and that an association was needed with another
 journal.  Elsevier approached the Executive Committee with an offer for COMP
 to actively participate in the "rebirth" of the JMGM.  Further, the
 through the incorporation of Chemical Design News, would give COMP a
 mechanism to "advertise" upcoming events, symposia and meetings of
 to COMP members.
 The actual terms of the agreement provide:
 	1)  a non-exclusive association between COMP and JMGM.  This means
 that JMGM is A journal of COMP, not THE journal. This gives COMP maximum
 flexibility to develop similar relationships with other journals that may
 further address the needs of the COMP members. The fact is, however, no
 other journal as sought to establish the same relationship with us (but more
 on that below).
 	2)  COMP members receive a substantial discount when subscribing to
 	3)  The COMP Executive Board was allowed to select, with Elsevier's
 concurrence, the North American Editor of JMGM.  As a recognition of this
 tie, the COMP Executive Board has included the North American editor as an
 ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Board.  I feel this
 solidifies the relationship between the JMGM and COMP, and really does give
 us the opportunity to influence how the journal is being run.  A case in
 point recently was the selection of the editor of the Chemical Design
 Automation and News pages:  the COMP Executive Committee was solicited for
 	4)  COMP would agree to encourage appropriate papers be published in
 JMGM.  This raised a very lengthy discussion vis-à-vis symposia papers, and
 where the right spot for publication was:  JMGM, JCICS or symposium series
 books.  It was decided that there were ample opportunities that there would
 not be a detrimental effect on any of the three,  and that we were free to
 recommend publication to the most appropriate journal/book.
 I feel it is important to note that this arrangement with the JMGM does not
 entail any financial obligation on COMP's part, nor does it commit COMP to
 support JMGM exclusive to any other journal/opportunity.
 During the negotiations and discussions with Elsevier, the Executive
 Committee felt it was important not to exclude JCICS in the discussions, as
 they, after all, are and ACS journal. We felt that it was important for
 JCICS to understand what was being considered between JMGM and COMP, give
 them an opportunity to express concerns, and more importantly, give them an
 opportunity to enter into an analogous arrangement.  I think it is important
 at this point to mention that that is no official relationship between JCICS
 and COMP.  JCICS is not in any way associated with COMP, other than the
 relationship with ACS.  As such, JCICS is not an official journal of COMP.
 However, the Executive Committee does realize that JCICS has attempted to
 serve the computational chemistry community, but felt that it had neither
 the readership nor the reputation in computational chemistry to adequately
 to do so.   COMP was not party to an attempt to subvert JCICS to purely
 computational chemistry.  This was an initiative that came out of ACS Pubs.
 The editor of JCICS felt comfortable with the current relationship between
 JCICS and COMP (which is to say, none), and with the relationship between
 For those "naysayers" that claim JCICS does computational chemistry, I
 should note that my laboratory cancelled their subscription to JCICS because
 it did not meet our needs in the computational chemistry area.  Further,
 when I have perused journal, I find the number of "information" based
 far outweighing the computational papers.  The COMP Executive Committee felt
 then, and continues to feel, that JCICS does not adequately represent the
 key areas in which COMP is engaged.  Further, JCICS leadership did not feel
 obligated to include COMP in the process of attempting to do so.
 For these reasons, we voted for, and approved, the aforementioned
 relationship with JMGM.  However, COMP is willing to consider an analogous
 relationship with any other journal that feels an "official"
 with COMP.
 To restate the advantages of this relationship to COMP members:
 	a)  Reduced prices for an important journal in computational
 	b)  Ability for COMP to influence the editorial content to address
 COMP members' interests
 	c)  Excellent venue for publication of members' papers, including
 full color at no charge
 	d)  Increased exposure of COMP symposia and events
 	e)  Enhanced international presence of COMP, as JMGM has a worldwide
 Finally, our association with Elsevier was coordinated with ACS, and the
 contract was concluded only after they raised no objections.  I hope this
 adequately addresses recent concerns.  The COMP Executive Board is always
 willing to discuss this with anyone with legitimate questions.
 Division Chair
 George R. Famini, PhD
 Chief, International
   Programs Office
 fax:  (41)436-5373