The results of this process will be reported as a recommendation to the BSA

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participate in the vote. The results of this process will be reported as a recommendation to the BSA Executive Committee, who will make the final selection and determination of whether or not to proceed with publication. d) Implementation: The first call for nominations for special publications shall occur when the backlog of accepted ready-for-press manuscripts for theAJB as been reduced by 75%. The Editor-in-Chief will be asked to supply the number in the current backlog (the starting point) and to provide periodic updates indicating the progress in reducing the backlog. e) Financing: To be funded in part by a portion of the ca. $15,000 savings (estimated) realized by not printing and distributing the meetings abstracts as a regular part of the AJB. (Note: Even if we convert to completely electronic publication of abstracts, which is supported by some although not all of the Publications Committee, there will still be costs associated with the abstracts. Thus, not all of the estimated $15,000 will be available for special issues.) A portion of the annual investment income (ca. $20,000 total) may also be requested for a special issue. 2. Reduction of backlog of accepted manuscripts for the American Journal of Botany a) Background: In spite of the efforts of the Editor-in-Chief, the American Journal of Botany has a large and increasing backlog of manuscripts which have been accepted for publication, revised by the author(s), and are in the queue for publication. This backlog has reached an unacceptable point and will eventually affect the calibre of papers submitted to AJB. Since the Editor-in-Chief has already implemented changes in font (to save space), split-review manuscript rejection, and other procedures to encourage authors to be concise, the only tenable solution appears to be to publish more pages per issue and volume. In order to make a significant dent in the backlog of accepted manuscripts, the Publications Committee proposes that each issue of AJB be increased by 3 signatures, or 48 pages. This will result in 576 additional pages published in Volume 88 (2001), and is estimated to clear the backlog in approximately 18 months. b) Mechanism: A $45,000 addition to the AJB budget for volume 88 (2001) is proposed. This figure is based on an estimate from Allen Press for 3 additional signatures (48 pages) per issue x 12 issues per year, and includes related increases in postage and electronic media services that each larger issue will require. c) Finances: Savings from not publishing abstracts in AJB = $10,000 (estimated) Increase in institutional subscription rates generates an additional $36,000. ($20 increase/subscriber for 2001 x 1800 subscribers = $36,000) 50% of investment income = $10,000 (pending approval of EC and Council) Gain of estimated 15 pages (KJN) by font change = $1,000 Total Available: $57,000 d) Implementation: Immediately, with the approval of the 2000-2001 BSA and AJB budgets and the beginning of Volume 88 (Jan. 2001) 42
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Annual Report of the Web Page Committee The past year has been an incredibly busy and dynamic year for the BSA website. Essentially all aspects of our web service are now done on in-house on servers controlled by BSA.
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