Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 13:28:07 EST From: AAllan Subject: Publishing our journals Ron Butters reminds me that increasing readership is only one of the reasons for re-evaluating our publishing arrangements. There is also, very importantly, the financial situation (how much ADS pays the press, or vice versa; who pays what for the editorial office; how much members pay in dues for the publications). And with the Internet becoming so important, there is the ancillary but significant question of electronic versions and copy rights. An ad hoc committee is studying this, and has proposals from several presses (including our current one, U of Alabama); and undoubtedly this will be the major topic of discussion at our Executive Council meeting in January, to which all ADS members are invited (see page 5 of the September newsletter). The committee consists of Lawrence Davis (ADS past president), chair; William Kretzschmar (editor of Journal of English Linguistics), Ronald Butters (general editor of ADS publications and editor of PADS), Walt Wolfram (ADS president), and me, with Connie Eble (AS editor) and Charles Carson (AS managing editor) as consultants. - Allan Metcalf, ADS executive secretary