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High-Tc Superconductivity Information Center.

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Annual rept. 1 Oct 92-30 Sep 93,

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The High-Tc Update newsletter is a state-of-the-art mechanism for effective dissemination of scientific breakthroughs. Flexible enough to expand into related areas as needed e.g., high-T0 device applications and processing advances, fullerene superconductivity, the newsletter has demonstrated its continued usefulness in providing rapid, reliable access to international superconductivity research. The newsletter began as a short-term solution for a crisis situation over the years, it has become a successful model for how research results can and could be communicated. Rapid, reliable access to experimental results and theoretical modeling is not an arbitrary luxury it is a highly cost-effective necessity. Science is based not only on research but on communicating that research--verifying, debating, disproving, explaining results but manuscripts take a long time to reach print-- frequently six months to one year. As N. David Mermin pointed out in Physics Today May 1991, preprints are the current avenue of serious communication. By the time most papers are published, they are already old news colleagues have reviewed the preprints, comments have been incorporated, and new research has begun. High-Tc Update expands the already existent practice of informal dissemination of ongoing research results and makes preprints accessible to a wider audience. The newsletter helps avoid unnecessarily repetitive--and occasionally misguided--research efforts, and thus accelerates the rate at which research results are achieved.

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