The questions and answers below have been compiled to further explain ASBC's osition on its institutional electronic subscriptions.
Q: Why is there no print or CD-Rom version available?
A: The Publications Committee felt that offering a print edition is outdated in international usage and opted to go with the online only format because of the many benefits that can be offered in an electronic delivery system.
Q: How do I get a subscription to online access?
A: ASBC Methods is included in individual ASBC memberships (personal access to professional and honorary), single-site access to corporate membership). Subscriptions are available to companies, universities, and government agencies. You can subscribe via the online subscription form.
Q: How do the employees or students at an institution gain access to the ASBC Methods, 14th Edition on a daily basis?
A: Via I.P. address recognition, so that users do not need to login to get to the Methods and online tools they need. Online access is quick, easy, and seamless.
Q: What if the institution has more than one location?
A: ASBC asks each institution to identify the locations served by the I.P. ranges it provides access to when first subscribing. Each location must have its own valid ASBC Methods of Analysis subscription.
Q: May employees, faculty, and students gain access to the Methods of Analysis Online when they travel to other locations by remote personal login to their institution’s internal network?
A: Yes, but only if they work, teach, or attend the institution in the location(s) served by the I.P. ranges where the electronic access is subscribed.
Q: What happens if a company or institution drops its electronic subscription at some point?
A: The institution would lose access.
Q: Are institutional users permitted to make copies of ASBC materials for distribution outside the institution’s own employees, faculty, students, and/or local library patrons where the Methods are subscribed?
Q: What about interlibrary loan?
A: Subscribing institutions may supply interlibrary loan to the extent that they do normally with print materials. Rather than supplying electronic files, the loaning institution may only supply printouts.
Q: Will licenses or signed agreements be required in the future?