Volume 89 Issue 44 | p. 5 | Editor's Page
Issue Date: October 31, 2011

A New C&EN

Department: Editor's Page
Keywords: C&EN, Chemical & Engineering News, C&EN Archives, C&EN Online, C&EN Mobile

This week’s issue marks a milestone in the evolution of Chemical & Engineering News. With the Oct. 31 issue, we completed the first phase of the C&EN Production Automation Program (CPAP). Production of C&EN has been completely transformed, and the technology behind that production is now state of the art.

CPAP is a suite of projects that has been ongoing behind the scenes for more than two years. Some elements of CPAP have already come into existence. The C&EN Archives—the digital collection of all issues of C&EN from its introduction in 1923 through 2009—for example, debuted in November 2010; all 2010 issues were added to the C&EN Archives in the first quarter of 2011.

We introduced C&EN Mobile, another CPAP project, in August of this year. All issues of C&EN are now available for free to ACS members on their smartphones and tablets, an important new member benefit.

The most visible manifestation of the completion of CPAP 1.0 is the redesign of C&EN Online. Regular users of C&EN Online will notice the changes immediately. If you aren’t a regular user of C&EN’s online edition, please check it out at cen-online.org.

The C&EN Online home page has been overhauled in response to numerous user comments to make it less dense and more user-friendly. Site navigation has been streamlined to make it more intuitive. Access to various features such as the C&EN Archives, specialized collections of stories, and the SCENE news channels is straightforward. There is a greater emphasis on Latest News, which now accounts for nearly 40% of C&EN Online page downloads, and the CENtral Science blogs.

One of the most important new features of C&EN Online is the ability for readers to comment on any C&EN story. I hope readers will continue to send us letters to the editor about our coverage. Now, however, readers can immediately respond to a story with additional commentary, links to related material, or criticism. The first time a reader comments on a story, the comment will be reviewed before it appears. After that, comments will post directly. We trust that ACS members and other readers of C&EN Online will use the new commenting feature in a constructive and respectful manner. C&EN editors will be monitoring the comments and will respond to them when appropriate.

Much of CPAP 1.0 isn’t visible to our readers. The commenting feature and other new elements on the redesigned C&EN Online are possible because the online edition is now being delivered by a dedicated online delivery system (ODS) that has been put in place. All of 2010 and 2011 C&EN Online content is now housed in the new ODS; migrating earlier content is a central element of CPAP 2.0, which begins as soon as the C&EN Online team and their ACS Washington IT colleagues recover from the effort that went into launching CPAP 1.0. And behind the new ODS is a completely new digital workflow tool that renders all of C&EN content in XML (extensible markup language). Launching C&EN Mobile, for example, was completely dependent on the successful implementation of this XML workflow.

It is impossible to thank everyone who made major contributions to this effort. C&EN Online Editor Rachel Pepling and her team—Tchad Blair, Luis Carrillo, Ty Finocchiaro, and Pam Rigden Snead—have put in many long days and weeks working on CPAP 1.0. C&EN Managing Editor Robin Giroux, Assistant Managing Editor for Editing & Production Kim Twambly, Design Director Rob Bryson, Composition Manager Renee Zerby, Display Advertising Manager Meltem Akbasli, and Journal News & Community Senior Editor Lila Guterman and their teams have been instrumental in implementing CPAP 1.0. From Washington IT, CPAP Program Manager Stephen Armah, ODS Project Manager Chandrashekar Ramanan, and K4 Workflow Project Manager Madi Nassiri and their numerous colleagues have been wonderful partners in this transformation of C&EN’s production technologies and processes.

Implementing CPAP 1.0 required a major expenditure of human and capital resources by ACS. It demonstrates our commitment to continue to deliver a state-of-the-art newsmagazine to ACS members and other C&EN readers.

Thanks for reading.

 
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Comments
Maureen Rouhi (Mon Oct 31 05:50:12 EDT 2011)
Congratulations on this momentous accomplishment! I'm viewing the new C&EN Online from Barcelona, and it looks beautiful: clean and easy to read. Kudos to C&EN and IT folks who worked long and hard to fulfill this dream.
M Naklicki (Mon Oct 31 12:51:44 EDT 2011)
Definitely easier to read and better layout!
Paul (Mon Oct 31 14:42:29 EDT 2011)
I have but one comment on the ability to leave comments on the commentary of your commentators:

I think it's great.
Patrick (Tue Nov 01 13:02:56 EDT 2011)
My comment is that your comment on the ability to leave comments on the commentary of the commentators is that it's worth commenting on!
james (Mon Oct 31 18:40:08 EDT 2011)
I think the layout of the older website was much better, it was alot easier to navigate. The flash adds are very distracting, the new layout looks very cheap and tacky, I think C&EN could of done a better job.
Charles (Tue Nov 01 02:09:44 EDT 2011)
Not to nitpick too much, but when I used Google Chrome to view the website, it seems that the red line separating the "tabs" (Home, Magazine, etc.) from the rest of the web page seems to be out of place (it was fine when I used Mozilla Firefox). Otherwise, the new layout looks neat and bright.
Joel (Tue Nov 01 11:49:24 EDT 2011)
That's interesting. I am using Chrome too and it looks the same for me as it does in Firefox. Nothing out of place.
Praveen (Wed Nov 02 01:03:58 EDT 2011)
I am viewing the all new C&EN with an amazingly fresh look from Hyderabad, India and I am just thrilled. Thanx are due to the unsung heroes who effort has made this possible.

To C&EN, please keep going this way and again you have reiterated the point that once cant keep their eyes off C&EN.
Robert Buntrock (Wed Nov 02 15:12:38 EDT 2011)
The commenting feature for individual articles is a good development and allow for easier communication not only with the authors but with the readership in general. However, my first attempt to do so on Tues. 11/1 was unsuccessful but may have been corrected. Even though already logged in, I was asked to do so again and the submission did not take.
Joseph (Tue Nov 15 13:43:36 EST 2011)
Good news!
brenda (Thu Jan 30 02:55:22 EST 2014)
Can you please mail me the annual subscription amount for C&EN : Chemical & Engineering News By American Chemical Society. This requirement is for an organization.
maureen rouhi (Thu Jan 30 17:55:10 EST 2014)
Hi, Brenda,

Please send me an email query at m_rouhi@acs.org. I will forward you inquiry to the sales people in charge of institutional subscription. FYI, C&EN is free to members of the American Chemical Society. If you or your colleagues sign up for membership, you will automatically receive the publication.

With best wishes,
Maureen Rouhi
Editor-in-chief

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